August 28, 2020

54 student members receive scholarships or awards from the UNA


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.

The special scholarships awarded by the UNA include the following for undergraduate students:

— Joseph and Dora Galandiuk Scholar­ship ($2,000)

— Drs. Maria, Dmytro and Olha Jarose­wycz Scholarship ($1,000)

— Vera Stangl Scholarship ($750)

— Joseph Wolk Scholarship ($750)

— Ukrainian National Home Corp. of Black­stone, Mass., Scholarships ($500 each)

The above scholarships are all funded by generous benefactors. The UNA is grateful for their support.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a UNA scholarship, please contact Eugene Serba, UNA second vice-president, at 856-904-4161. The UNA will process, evaluate and handle all administration of the scholarship based on criteria you establish.

In addition to the special scholarships listed above, the UNA sponsors UNA Heritage Scholarships of $1,000 each for undergraduate or graduate students.

We are pleased to report the following recipients of UNA Special Scholarships for academic year 2020-2021:

— Galandiuk Scholarship – Stephanie Manasterski, Branch 120, University of Pittsburgh;

— Jarosewycz Scholarship – Matthew Ste­furak, Branch 116, University of Pittsburgh;

— Stangl Scholarship – Alexa Kolakoski, Branch 362, Northeastern University; and

— Wolk Scholarship – Vladimir Holoviak, Branch 7, Kutztown University.

(Regrettably, no one applied for the Blackstone Scholarship in 2020.)

UNA Heritage Scholarship recipients for 2020-2021 are:

— Alexander Kowinko, Branch 59, Sacred Heart University;

— Kalyna Leshchuk, Branch 37, Fordham University;

— Andrew Coulson, Branch 465, University of Toronto;

— Julianna Walchuk, Branch 171, Columbia University; and

— Anthony Dmytrijuk, Branch 127, West Virginia University.

Congratulations to all scholarship recipients! It is notable that the nine students who received these scholarships listed represent nine different UNA branches and are pursuing their studies at eight different universities.

In addition to the special scholarships, the UNA gave out 45 monetary awards to undergrad students based on their year of academic study. Congratulations to all award recipients!

In order to apply for a UNA scholarship or award a student must have a current UNA policy. The most common policies are Endowment at Age 18 and the 20-Year Endowment. These policies are usually purchased for children by their parents or grandparents. Another common vehicle for academic funding is a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA), also offered by the UNA, whereby up to $2,000 per year can be deposited into an account with tax-free growth, provided the funds are withdrawn and used for studies.

To learn more about the UNA’s scholarship program, readers may go to

For more information about UNA insurance policies, endowments, annuities, IRAs and the ESA, readers may contact their branch secretary or the UNA directly at 800-253-0860.


Eugene Serba, the Ukrainian National Association’s second vice-president, chairs the UNA Scholarship Committee.


UNA Mission Statement

Ukrainian National Association exists:

— to promote the principles of fraternalism;

— to preserve the Ukrainian, Ukrainian American and Ukrainian Canadian heritage and culture; and

— to provide quality financial services and products to its members.

As a fraternal insurance society, Ukrainian National Association reinvests its earnings for the benefit of its members and the Ukrainian community.