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2020 Scholarship Winners

Meet the 2020 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 $3,600 to 12 students, with awards ranging from $500 to $200.  Congratulations to the 2020 scholarship winners:

Ariana-Maria-Shatynski, UAV scholarship winner

Ariana Maria Shatynski (New Jersey) attends Seton Hall University. She is majoring in Biology Pre-Med, and she is the recipient of a $500 award given by NOVA UA Federal Credit Union, Clifton, NJ

Cyril Raymond Sheptak, UAV scholarship winner
Cyril Raymond Sheptak

Cyril Raymond Sheptak (Pennsylvania) attends Wake Forest Universityy. He is majoring in Mathematical Business, and he is the recipient of the $500 award donated by Roman Synychak from Florida.

Jared-Jeffrey-Roderick, UAV scholarship winner

Jared Jeffrey Roderick (Massachusetts) attends the University of Connecticut, where he majors in Mathematics and Statistics. He is the recipient of a $400 award donated by UAV Post 40 in Florida.

Talia Szozda, UAV scholarship winner
Talia Szozda

Talia Szozda (Connecticut) attends the University of Connecticut, where she majors in Allied Health Sciences. She is the recipient of a $400 award donated in memory of Michael Demchuk who started the UAV Scholarship Fund in 1992-93.

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).

Thank You

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.

About the 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:

  • 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