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The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS    

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: PALCUS National Scholarship Application Re-opened


Good news regarding the PALCUS National Scholarship Program!


PALCUS is pleased to announce that due to additional funding that we are able to re-open the application process for 2014. This offering is limited to college undergraduate students who will have attained sophomore, junior or senior status by the fall, 2014 semester carrying a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 


To be eligible, candidates must 1) be a U.S. citizen, 2) attest to at least 25% Portuguese ancestry, 3) be matriculated as a full time student in an accredited four year college or university in the United States.


The $1,000 scholarship award will be presented at the 18th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Please send application and supporting documents electronically no later than August 15, 2014 to the PALCUS office at palcus@palcus.org with the subject line "Scholarship Application."


Click here to download scholarship application.


Questions may be directed to Elisabete Martins at palcus@palcus.org or 202-466-4664.


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PALCUS Internship Program


PALCUS is also still accepting applications for its annual Internship Program.


To date PALCUS has placed more than 140 young Portuguese-American university students from around the United States in positions in Senate and Congressional offices, the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portuguese Consulates in the U.S., Fortune 500 companies, and several other key governmental departments and agencies both in Washington, DC, in Lisbon, Portugal as well as the office of the Direcção Regional das Comunidades, Governo Regional dos Açores.


The PALCUS Internship Program, was established in 1994 to provide Portuguese-American students with work experience in their field of interest. Using its connections with government, civil-society and business leaders, PALCUS helps students find internships which will give them the experience and network needed for success in a future career. 


Interns usually receive a stipend for their service. Some of the internships may also include travel and housing expenses depending on need and available resources. These internships have been financially supported over the years through the generosity of the J. B. Fernandes Memorial Trust in addition to recent assistance by the St. Francis Foundation.


Download the PALCUS Internship Application here.

Questions may be directed to Elisabete Martins at palcus@palcus.org or 202-466-4664. 


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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.