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Working Today for Our Community's Tomorrow

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS  



In consideration of feedback from the community, the recipient of the 2012 PALCUS scholarship award is no longer required to attend the Leadership Awards Gala in order to receive the scholarship, however, attendance is welcomed and encouraged.  


Click here to download the updated scholarship application.




PALCUS Scholarship Program


PALCUS is proud to announce the opening of the PALCUS Scholarship Program and Fund.


The PALCUS Scholarship Program was established with the purpose of providing nationwide, merit-based scholarships in support of Portuguese American students in the pursuit of their higher education goals. Scholarships will be awarded annually to students of Portuguese ancestry who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their academic careers and who show a commitment to completing an approved plan of study.


The goal of the PALCUS Scholarship Fund is to develop a stream of funding that will provide for one or more students to benefit from substantial scholarship awards each year. Donors to the fund may wish to have a scholarship named for themselves or in honor of or in memory of a special individual. For more information, contact PALCUS.


2012 Application Process is open!


2012 Award

The 2012 PALCUS Scholarship will be funded by the "Rosa-Simão Scholarship Fund" in the amount of $1,000.


Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:

  • attest to personal Portuguese ancestry of an aggregate of least 25%, i.e. total Portuguese ancestry of the applicant;
  • have matriculated into a baccalaureate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university OR have shown proof of having accepted admission to such a college or university for the following academic semester or year;
  • have attained a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0.
Download the complete application here.

Deadline for submissions is September 28, 2012.

If you are interested in donating to the PALCUS Scholarship Fund, please contact us at palcus@palcus.org or call 202-466-4664.
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Contact Information


Email: palcus@palcus.org

Website: www.palcus.org

Phone: 202-466-4664


9255 Center St., Suite 404

Manassas, VA 20110  


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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501 © 3 non partisan, non profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the  Portuguese American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advance the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.