Scholarship Winners

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Each year the recipients of the UAV Scholarship Awards are announced at the annual convention. The UAV Scholarship Committee selects and awards scholarship money to undergraduate college students. The purpose of the scholarship award is to help students pay for books or school supplies.

Students are required to write an essay (400-500 words) about a current military or popular topic. The topics for 2017 included the following:

  • the war on terrorism
  • human rights
  • negative effects of wars on American veterans
  • Russian aggression on sovereign countries
  • Ukrainian-American veterans’ contributions to America’s wars.

Students can chose one of these five topics for their essay.  Other criteria considered for a scholarship are academic achievement and extracurricular activities.

2017 Scholarship Winners

The UAV Scholarship Committee awarded $2,500 in academic scholarships this year, with awards ranging from $500 to $250.  Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship winners:

  1. Alexander Geba (Massachusetts) attends Bridgewater State University and is majoring in business and marketing. He is the recipient of the $500 award in memory of Michael Demchuk, who started the UAV Scholarship Fund in 1992-1993.
  2. Deanna Marie Koski (New York) attends Pace University and is majoring in production and design for stage/art history. She is the recipient of the UAV Ladies Auxiliary award of $400.
  3. Brandon Paul Hrycak (New Jersey) attends California State University – Chico and is majoring in computer information systems. He is the recipient of the $400 award from UAV Post 40.
  4. Anna Terrebetzky (New York) attends Hunter College, is majoring in English-linguistics and rhetoric, and is a student of the Thomas Hunter Special Honors Program. She is the recipient of a $300 award.
  5. Laryssa Natalie Horodysky (New Jersey) attends Gettysburg College and is majoring in international affairs and political science. She is the recipient of a $300 award.
  6. Lily Anne Lynch (New York) attends Nazareth College of Rochester and is majoring in international relations. She received a $250 award.
  7. Leticia Grace Rankin (California) attends Grand Canyon University and is majoring in elementary education. She received a $250 award.

The scholarship committee thanks all the students for participating and wishes them a successful school year. Thanks also to all who donated to make the UAV scholarship awards possible.

Alexander Geba, 2017 UAV Scholarship winner Deanna Marie Koski, 2017 UAV scholarship winner Brandon Paul Hrycak, 2017 UAV scholarship winner
Anna Terrebetzky, 2017 UAV scholarship winner Laryssa Natalie Horodysky, 2017 UAV scholarship winner Lily Anne Lynch, 2017 UAV scholarship winner Leticia Grace Rankin, 2017 UAV scholarship winner

How to Apply

Students interested in applying for the UAV Scholarship Award should fill-out an application, send their college transcript, write an essay on this year’s military topic, and email a high-quality digital picture. Applications are available on the UAV website. To be eligible for a UAV scholarship, applicants must be descendants of or related to Ukrainian American Veterans.  Students should be full-time undergraduate college students in a degree program or attending an accredited trade school or institution that has a degree program.  Students can apply during their senior year in high school; college attendance will be verified before the awards are given in the fall semester. Applications are accepted all year round with the deadline being August 31 of each year. Additionally, undergraduate students may reapply for a scholarship award each year (up to 4 years).

Applications for the scholarship should be sent to

UAV National Scholarship Officer
Nicholas Skirka
109 Windsor Terrace
Yonkers, NY 10701

For additional information, readers may email or call at (914) 965-3707.