2017 UCU Scholarship winners

We are proud to announce the 2017 scholarship winners!

Scholarship Awarded

Photograph of Recipient

About the Recipient

Michaeal Rebryk Memorial Scholarship
Rana Solianyk Rana Solianik – University of Toronto
  • Masters of Occupational Therapy
  • Volunteer at Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
  • Received R. Tait McKenzie Society Award for outstanding academic achievement
Wasyl Systnyk Memorial Award
Melanie Zaraska

Melanie Zaraska – Dartmouth College

  • Bachelor of Arts Economics, minor French, International Studies
  • Attended Lviv Business School summer program at Ukrainian Catholic University
  • Competitive swimmer at varsity and Olympic trials level
  • Volunteer for Help Us Help the Children
  • Mentor at International Student Association
Eugene Roman Scholarship
David Szlachtych

David Szlachtych – University of Guelph

  • Master of Bioinformatics
  • Volunteer for Bloor West Festival and Zakerzonnia festival for youth
  • Working on investigating the causes of cancer
  • Member of U of Guelph Ukrainian Students Club
  • Member of Plast
  • Volunteer during federal elections
Board Chair's Scholarship
Natalia Stepanyuk

Natalia Stepanyuk – University of Ottawa

  • PhD in Political Science in affiliation with the Chair of Ukrainian Studies
  • Field work in Kharkiv, Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk interviewing civilian volunteer networks amidst the war in Donbas
  • Co-founder of EuroMaidan Ottawa
  • VP of Ukrainian Canadian Film Festival in Ottawa
Community Leadership Awards

4 recipients of $1,000 each
Olena Bolonna

Olena Bolonna – University of Toronto

  • Doctor of Medicine Program
  • Active in Euromaidan events
  • Member of Prolisok Ensemble, St. Mary’s Church Choir and Desna Ukrainian Dance Company
  • Cultural Director, UofT Ukrainian Students’ Club
Borys Ostapienko

Borys Ostapienko – McGill University

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bandurist with the Canadian Bandurist Capella- 1st Canadian to win 1st place at the Mykola Lysenko International Bandura Competition.
  • Member of McGill Ukrainian Student Association
  • Teaches bandura and piano in spare time


Kassandra Stefanyk

Kassandra Stefanyk – St. Mary’s University

  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology
  • Member of Plast and Tryzub dance group in Calgary
  • Volunteer for Father Lacombe Care Centre for seniors
  • Teaching assistant for Discovery Science
  • Member of social justice club at St. Mary’s University
Natalie Tershakowec

Natalie Tershakowec – University of Ottawa

  • Working towards her JD at U of Ottawa
  • Member and counsellor in Plast
  • Co-President of Queen’s University Ukrainian
  • Student Association and on executive of U of Ottawa Ukrainian Club
  • Dancer with Yavir


Below are descriptions of the scholarships that are currently available for qualifying students. It's not too early to start thinking about applying for a scholarhsip which will be awarded at our next AGM. Deadline for all scholarship applications is March 17, 2017. The application process is now closed until January 2018.

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For a student showing community involvement and studying in the fields of either sports & recreation OR performing arts (Music, Dance, Drama, etc.).

One award for $2,500.

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For a student showing community involvement and studying in the fields of business or finance sectors, banking, marketing, or wealth management

One award for $2,500.

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For a student showing community involvement and studying in a program leading to a career in the technology sector (for example Aerospace, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Nanotechnology, Telecommunications, and related fields)

One award for $2,000.

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For a student showing community involvement and studying in various fields of ukrainianistics.

One award for $2,000.

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For students showing community involvement and studying in various programmes in a post-secondary educational institution.

Multiple awards of $1,000 each.

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For a student enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a post‐secondary field of study that will lead to a career in journalism (print, online, TV, radio) or photojournalism, and who can demonstrate community involvement.

One award with a value of $3,000

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Important note to Applicants:

Please ensure that your letter of application is sent in before the deadline, and enclosures address ALL the criteria for the award applied for.
Due to the volume of applications received and the short time for review, the Scholarship Committee has no time to request and wait for missing information; applications missing the required information will be rejected.

Successful candidates will be asked to provide a photo for publication in the public media. Specific details will be sent out to them. 

Please submit all application to:

Scholarship Comittee

If they are not included in your submission package, please have your referees email their reference letters directly to with your name in the subject heading. 


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