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 2018 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.

2018 Scholarship Winners

This year the UAV Scholarship Committee awarded $2,200 in academic scholarships to 7 students, with awards ranging from $500 to $200.  Congratulations to the 2018 scholarship winners:

  1. Wyatt Jackson Derkach (North Carolina) attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Criminal Justice.  He is the recipient of the $500 award in memory of Michael Demchuk, who started the UAV Scholarship Fund in 1992-1993.  Wyatt's essay was about human rights. He wrote, "As Americans, our duty is to defend our country; however, we have a reputation of defending the helpless and hopeless. We must continue to do that to prevent more innocent people from suffering."
  2. Brandon Paul Hrycak (New Jersey) attends California State University Irvine and is majoring in majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. He is the recipient of a $400 award from UAV Post 40.
  3. Anjelika Kuziv (Illinois) attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  She is the recipient of a Post 40 award of $300.
  4. Deanna Marie Koski (New York) attends Pace University and is majoring in Film and Screen Studies.  She is the recipient of the UAV Ladies Auxiliary award of $300.
  5. Julianna Rose Shatynski (New Jersey) attends The College of New Jersey and is majoring in Elementary Education.  She is the recipient of a $300 award.
  6. Andreya Natalia Pencak (New Jersey) attends Quinnipiac University and is majoring in Physical Therapy.  She is the recipient of a $200 award.
  7. Alexander Ihor Kowinko (Connecticut) attends Sacred Heart University and is majoring in Nursing.  He is the recipient of a $200 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.

      Wyatt Derkach, 2018 UAV scholarship winner Brandon Paul Hrycak, 2018 UAV scholarship winner Anjelika Kuziv, 2018 UAV scholarship winner Deanna Marie Koski, 2018 UAV scholarship winner Julianna Shatynski, 2018 UAV scholarship winner Andreya Pencak, 2018 UAV scholarship winner Alexander Kowinko, 2018 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.