“The mission of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States is to be the national voice that advocates for and promotes the advancement of the
Portuguese-American community economically, professionally, culturally and politically.”
PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the IRS tax code incorporated in the District of Columbia.
PALCUS has earned the 2021 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency.
Visit our profile HERE.
It's Christmas in June!!!
In collaboration with Rooster Camisa, PALCUS has created a one-of-a-kind trio ornament set to help raise funds for our scholarship program that supports Portuguese American students in higher education.
Order yours at PALCUS Christmas Ornament Set – Rooster Camisa
2021 PALCUS National Scholarship Applications
PALCUS is pleased to announce that the 2021 application cycle for the PALCUS National Scholarships is now open.
PALCUS offers the following scholarships:
PALCUS General Scholarship - Undergraduate
PALCUS General Scholarship - Graduate
Alexandre Antonio da Costa Simoes Memorial Scholarship – designated for a student studying Portuguese
Rosa Family Scholarship – Designated for a student from Connecticut
To be eligible, students must be a current college undergraduate (at least freshman) or graduate student in an approved program of study (high school seniors / entering freshmen are not eligible). For more about eligibility and procedures, please visit: www.palcus.org/scholarship
We are happy to announce that our Portuguese wine importer friend and PALCUS supporter, Rachel Farah, has expanded her online Portuguese boutique and has rebranded her business to Farah Trading Co, adding new artisan Portuguese wineries, food producers, Portuguese recipes and immersive travel opportunities.
Farah is working with Palcus to help fundraise and is donating a percentage of any sale made through this link
https://rachelfarah.com/discount/PALCUS back to PALCUS.
Help us support this blending of cultures, stories, and connection - with its origins in Portugal - that is at the heart of Farah Trading Co.
Alexandre António DaCosta Simões Scholarship
Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, will be acknowledged and the family will be notified.
Give by PayPal or credit card HERE
or mail a check to
PALCUS, 9255 Center St., Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110
with "Alexandre Scholarship" on memo line.
PALCUS Annual Report 2020
We are proud to share with you the 2020 PALCUS Annual report that not only details all of the activities and programs that were executed this past year, but also provides a detailed financial picture. We hope you will take a few minutes to look through the report and give us your feedback and suggestions.
PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY 2019−2020
PALCUS is pleased to announce the results of the second edition of the PALCUS Index national survey. In addition to demographic and socioeconomic data, the PALCUS Index provides information about what matters most to the members of the community, where they prioritize their time, effort and money, and how connected/disconnected they are to their communities and Portugal. The responses were primarily collected online, via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, with both English and Portuguese versions of the survey available. PALCUS provided printed versions of the survey to all Portuguese Consulates as well, and that effort was mildly successful in securing written answers from community members that are not on social media. More than 1,400 responses, slightly more than the previous survey, were collected between May 2019 – December 2020.
The data was then analyzed by PALCUS Research Fellow, Dr. Dulce Maria Scott of Anderson University.
The NextGen Leadership Academy aims to establish a fellowship for the personal and professional advancement of Young Portuguese-Americans (18-35 years of age) who have demonstrated outstanding promise, who want to become leaders in their respective fields, and who are passionate about the celebration and preservation of Portuguese language and culture in the United States. We are proud to recognize these young leaders for their excellent work and accomplishment.
PALCUS Upcoming Events
CONSULAR SERVICES Q&A SERIES
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021 AT 12 PM ET
Do you have questions about various processes for applying for citizenship, registering a marriage, getting a power of attorney, etc.? Join us for a bi-weekly series where Honorary Consul in Miami, FL, Carolina Rendeiro, will answer your questions so that you can be fully prepared when filling out your paperwork and have everything you need for your consular appointment.
Live on Facebook
THU, MAY 6 AT 12 PM EDT
THU, MAY 20 AT 12 PM EDT
COVID - 19
We are dealing with an unprecedented international epidemic.
In spite of the challenges facing us, we have always been
resourceful and resilient as Portuguese Americans and there
is no doubt that we will be this time as well. Even though
staying safe during the Coronavirus crisis is of primary concern,
we can and should continue on as best we can.
PALCUS has launched a few initiatives to help support our community in various ways with the #SupportPortugueseBusiness and #PortugueseHeroes campaigns.
Our newest initiative is aimed at helping the elderly in our community - #SupportOurElders. We have partnered with several Portuguese-American organizations who are already doing amazing work to help our elders, and we want to support these efforts. Below are several ways you can help, including:
Sending cards and messages of support
Sponsoring a meal (or meals) for the elderly
Donating a device to enable video chats
Delivering activity sheets to the elderly
Join us and help support these organizations who are supporting our elders!! Read more here: https://conta.cc/2VDzWyH
Please visit the PALCUS website for more information about resources and other programs: https://www.palcus.org/covid-19