Thanks to the Ukrainian Partnership Program, established in 2013 by Tamara Denysenko and Dr. George Eisen, former director of the Center for International Education at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., students from the National University of Ostroh Academy have the opportunity to study at Nazareth College for the next five years tuition free during the spring semester. A special Nazareth grant provides funding for half the cost of room and board. Thanks to the generosity of Greater Rochester Ukrainian community donors, the Ukrainian Language Society and the Ukrainian National Foundation’s Ostroh Fund, $5,000 was raised to cover the other half of room and board, travel, books and out-of-pocket expenses. Dmytro Baida was the first Ostroh student to benefit from this program; he completed the 2017 spring semester at Nazareth.
Ostroh Academy student Kateryna Basiuk of the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages was selected to be the second exchange student for the 2018 spring semester at Nazareth College.
Rochester’s Ukrainian American community raised another $3,500 required by Nazareth College to cover half the cost for room and board. The Ostroh Fund of the Ukrainian National Foundation (an affiliated company of the Ukrainian National Association that performs charitable activities on its behalf) awards a stipend for books and out-of-pocket expenses, and the Ukrainian Language Society will donate $1,000 to pay travel expenses.
Ms. Basiuk says she is delighted to have been chosen and looks forward to study the differences in educational systems and to sharing the information with her fellow students in both the U.S.A. and at Ostroh. Her ultimate goal is to be worthy of teaching at Ostroh Academy after she finishes her studies.
The letter-writer is president of the Ukrainian Language Society-U.S.A.