PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Each year, the Ukrainian National Association (UNA) offers special scholarships and monetary awards for its student members who are enrolled in colleges and universities. The deadline for applications for the 2022-2023 academic year is June 1, 2022, and the UNA encourages its student members to take advantage of this very important fraternal benefit.
by Eugene Serba
The Scholarship Committee of the Ukrainian National Association (UNA) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship for students. The Maria and
Taras Slevinsky Scholarship will provide students who are studying nursing full time $1,000 per year. Eligibility for the new scholarship includes the following criteria: 1) students must have a UNA qualifying policy; 2) students must be studying nursing full time; 3) students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada; and 4) students must submit a completed UNA scholarship application and provide a brief essay.
The scholarship is named in honor of Maria and Taras Slevinsky. Mr. Slevinsky passed away in July in Connecticut. His wife of over 70 years, Maria Slevinsky, and his granddaughter, Lydia Kowinko, chose to honor Mr. Slevinsky by establishing a UNA scholarship in Mr. Slevinsky’s name. Mr. Slevinsky was a secretary of UNA
Branch 93 in Bridgeport, Conn., and was active in the Ukrainian community in Connecticut. The UNA’s Scholarship Committee extended a special thank you to the Slevinsky family for establishing the Maria and Taras Slevinsky Scholarship.
PHILADELPHIA – The Ukrainian National Association (UNA) has a long-standing tradition of assisting students in their pursuit of higher education. Despite the continuing challenges of the coronavirus, the UNA continued that tradition in 2021. The UNA Scholarship Committee met virtually on June 22 to review all applications for scholarships and awards.
There was a total of 44 applicants from 23 different UNA branches. The number and quality of applicants this year were truly exceptional, with a number of students applying for more than one scholarship for which they were eligible.
The special scholarships awarded by the UNA include the following for undergraduate students:
– Joseph and Dora Galandiuk Scholarship ($2,000) for students in sciences or accounting
– Drs. Maria, Dmytro, and Olha Jarosewycz Scholarship ($1,000) for students excelling in their studies
– Vera Stangl Scholarship ($750) for students studying journalism or nature/ wildlife
– Joseph Wolk Scholarship ($750) for students of Lemko heritage
– Ukrainian National Home Corp. of Blackstone, Mass., Scholarships ($500 each) for students from UNA New England branches
– Stefan Hawrysz Scholarship ($750) for students from one of the UNA’s Philadelphia District branches. This scholarship was created in 2021 by the Philadelphia District of the UNA.
The Philadelphia District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Philadelphia District Stefan Hawrysz Scholarship in the amount of $750 per year. Students who are members of the Philadelphia District Branches (Nos. 10, 83, 153, 162, 163, 173, 362, 397 and 501) of the UNA are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
The award is named in honor of Stefan Hawrysz, a former UNA National Organizer, Auditor and Advisor who personally enrolled over 2,500 UNA members and established 16 UNA branches. Mr. Hawrysz also served as chairman of the Philadelphia District Committee of the UNA and was a Philadelphia community activist.
The Philadelphia District of the UNA continues to support local organizations, and parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, are encouraged to enroll their children in the UNA in order to take full advantage of the various fraternal benefits offered by the organization.
Eligibility for the new scholarship includes the following criteria: 1) students must have a UNA qualifying policy; 2) students must be members of any Philadelphia District Branch; 3) students must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the U.S.A. or Canada; and 4) students must submit a completed UNA scholarship application and provide a brief essay.
The UNA has a long history of supporting students in their academic studies, and the first scholarships were small stipends awarded to promising students to help them attain a better future. A formal scholarship program for student members was established in 1964. With the addition of the Philadelphia District Stefan Harwysh Scholarship, the UNA now has 11 Special Scholarships in addition to UNA Awards, which are based on the applicant’s year of study.
Readers are advised to visit the UNA’s website, www.unainc.org, to see a listing of all of the UNA scholarships and the requirements for student applications. For more information about UNA scholarships, readers may contact Maria Drich, 973-292-9800, ext. 3035.
The deadline for 2021-2022 applications on all scholarship awards is June 1, 2021. In addition to scholarships, the UNA offers a number of options for both parents and grandparents to assist with handling the cost of higher education for their children. Most popular are endowment policies that provide insurance protection and at maturity allow students to use the funds for college expenses. In addition, the UNA offers a Coverdell Education Savings Account that allows up to $2,000 per year to be placed in an account that will grow tax free. Withdrawals from the account can be made up to age 30 for a student’s qualified educational expenses.
To discuss available UNA products or options for college funding, readers may contact any of the Philadelphia District Branch Secretaries listed below.
The Ukrainian National Association has a long-standing tradition of assisting students in their pursuit of higher education. Despite the challenges of the coronavirus, the UNA continued that tradition in 2020. The UNA Scholarship Committee met on June 26 to review all applications for scholarships and awards.
There was a total of 54 applicants from 26 different UNA branches. The number and quality of applicants this year was truly exceptional, with a number of students applying for more than one scholarship for which they were eligible.