Five scholarships of $1,500 each are being offered through the Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship Fund for students of Polish heritage pursuing a higher education.

Schmid, who was active in organizing events celebrating Polish heritage – including the annual Pulaski Day Parade – died in July 2012.

“We are looking for high-achieving Cheektowaga students, but more importantly we are looking for students who truly embody Jackie’s strong spirit and love of Polish culture,” said Jane Weircioch, chairwoman of the scholarship selection committee.

Scholarships are available to students attending high school in the Cleveland Hill, Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Depew and Maryvale school districts. Other students whose parents or legal guardians are Cheektowaga residents also will be considered.

Visit for eligibility information and an application.

Also this week:

• Hungry? An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is being served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the F.J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St. Donations are $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12; children younger than 5 eat for free. Tickets will be sold at the door.

• The Town Park Community Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander St.

• The Town Board will meet at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway.

• A meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the senior center. Greg Witul, a historian who writes for the AM-POL Eagle, will talk about the history of Polish Americans in the town. The meeting is free and open to the public.

• Citizens Task Force is holding a Q and A Gun Debate forum at 6:45 p.m. Friday in Pvt. Leonard Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave. The event will offer an opportunity for people who are for or against the state’s SAFE [Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement] Act to question elected officials who voted on the bill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more details, visit or