Meet the 2023 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 $6,000 to 12 students, each receiving $500. Congratulations to the 2023 scholarship winners:
Anna Oksana Swindle (Pennsylvania) is a graduate student attending Robert Morris University, where she is majoring in Cyber Investigations and Intelligence. This scholarship was awarded to Anna by the Ukrainian National Federal Credit Union, New York.
Jared Michael Hrycak (New Jersey) attends the University of California, Riverside, where he is majoring in electrical engineering. This scholarship award was given to Jared by Post 40 (Florida).
Madeline Elizabeth Zetick (Pennsylvania) attends Temple University, where she is majoring in Nursing. This scholarship award was given to Madeline by George Baer.
Cyril Raymond Sheptak (Pennsylvania) is a graduate student attending Wake Forest University, where he is majoring in Accounting. This scholarship was given to Cyril by the UAV Ladies Auxiliary.
Jared Jeffrey Roderick (Massachusetts) attends the University of Connecticut, where he is majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics. This scholarship was
awarded to Jared by Roman Synychak.
Rostyslav Fedorko (New Jersey) attends Texas A&M University, where he is majoring in Civil Engineering. This scholarship was awarded to Rotyslav by an anonymous donor.
Sofia Wowk Tsvihun (Connecticut) attends Duke University, where she is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. This scholarship was awarded to Sofia by Stephen Rudyk ($250) and Peter Polnyj ($250 in memory of Stephen Rudyk).
Stephen Edward Sheptak (Pennsylvania) attends Butler Community College, where he is majoring in Nursing. This scholarship was awarded to Andriy by UAV members in memory of Michael Demchak, a past national scholarship officer.
Luke Edward Coffey (Illinois) attends Indiana University-Bloomington, where he majors in Finance. This scholarship was awarded to Luke by George Kovch ($250) and other donors.
Andreya Natalie Pencak (New Jersey) is a graduate student and attends Quinnipiac University, where she is majoring in Physical Therapy.
Alayna J. Storey (Michigan) attends Northern Michigan University, where she majors in Fine Arts/Art & Design.
Madelyn Abigail Mulenex (Texas) attends American University, where she majors in International Studies.
The UAV National Scholarship Committee thanks all those individuals and organizations who donated to make the UAV scholarship awards a huge success.
The following individuals or groups donated $100 or more to the UAV in support of the scholarship awards:
- Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak ($100)
- Michael Mosyjowski ($100)
- Andrew Hadzewycz (100)
- Walter Zinych ($100)
- George Kovch ($250)
- Andrew A. Petrina ($100)
- Col. Orest R. Gogosha, Ret. ($100)
- George Baer ($500)
- Fr. Oleh Saciuk ($100)
- Roman Synychak ($500)
- Anonymous ($500)
- Willian Szozda ($100)
- Leo J. Samokieszyn (100)
- Jurij Patrenko ($100)
- Jaroslaw Sywyj ($100)
- Peter Lysenko ($100)
- Ukrainian National Federal Credit Union, New York ($500)
- Catherine A. Popaduik ($100)
- George Pasiuk ($100)
- Myraslaw Kyj ($100)
- Stephen Rudyk ($250)
- Inia I. Tunstall ($100)
- Edward Zetick (100)
- Ihor Hron ($100)
- Peter Polnyj ($250)
- Ryan Lewis ($200
- Michael Zaparaniuk ($200).
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 and graduate college students. The purpose of the scholarship award is to help students pay for tuition, books, and school supplies.
Students are required to write an essay (400-500 words) about a current military or popular topic.
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).
Applications for the scholarship should be sent to the UAV National Scholarship Officer.