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2018 Scholarship Winners

2018 Ukrainian American Veterans Scholarship Winners

Meet the 2018 Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) Scholarship Winners. This year the Ukrainian American Veterans (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:

Wyatt Jackson Derkach (North Carolina) attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Criminal Justice.  He is the 2018 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.”

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.

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.

Deanna Marie Koski

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.

Julianna Shatynski

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.

Andreya Pencak

Andreya Natalia Pencak (New Jersey) attends Quinnipiac University and is majoring in Physical Therapy.  She is the recipient of a $200 award.

Alexander Kowinko

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.

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. To be eligible for a UAV scholarship, applicants must be descendants of or related to a Ukrainian American Veteran. Students should be full-time undergraduate college students enrolled in a degree program or attending an accredited trade school or institution that has a degree program.  Students may apply during their senior year in high school; college attendance will be verified before awards are given in the fall. Applications are accepted all year round, but the deadline is August 31 of each year. Additionally, undergraduate students may re-apply for a scholarship award each year (up to 4 years).

UAV Scholarship

Each year the recipients of the Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) scholarship awards are announced at the UAV 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 tuition, 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
  • contributions of Ukrainian-American veterans to America’s wars

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


Applications for the scholarship should be sent to UAV National Scholarship Officer.

Nicholas Skirka
109 Windsor Terrace
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 965-3707