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2019 Scholarship Winners

2019 Ukrainian American Veterans Scholarship Winners

Meet the 2019 Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) Scholarship Winners. Each year the Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) Scholarship awards academic scholarships to undergraduate college students of Ukrainian descent. This year the UAV awarded a record $4,100 to 9 students, with awards ranging from $500 to $400.  Congratulations to the 2019 scholarship winners:

Brandon Paul Hrycak

Brandon Paul Hrycak (New Jersey) attends University of California Irvine and is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. He is the recipient of the 2019 $500 award given by Selfreliance Federal Credit Union of Newark, NJ.

Julianna Rose Shatynski

Julianna Rose Shatynski (New Jersey) attends The College of New Jersey and is majoring in Elementary Education.  She is the 2019 recipient of a $500 award donated by the Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union of Philadelphia, PA.

Anjelika Kuziv

Anjelika Kuziv (Illinois) attends the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is the recipient of $500 donated by Post 32 and Nova UA Federal Credit Union of Clifton, NJ.

Deanna Marie Koski, 2019 Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) scholarship winner

Deanna Marie Koski (New York) attends Pace University where she majors in Film and Screen Studies. She is the 2019 recipient of the $500 award in memory of Michael Demchuk, who started the UAV Scholarship Fund in 1992-1993.

Alexander Kowinko, 2019 Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) scholarship winner

Alexander Ihor Kowinko (Connecticut) attends Sacred Heart University and is majoring in Nursing. He is the 2019 recipient of $500 donated by Post 40 in North Port, Florida.

Four students each received a $400 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 Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) scholarship winners 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 2019 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