August 30, 2019

UNA announces scholarship winners for 2019-2020 academic year


PARSIPPANY, N.J. – This year, the Ukrainian National Association celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding on February 22, 1894, in the small town of Shamokin, Pa., where 10 brotherhood organizations united to form a new united organization – the Ukrainian National Association. Following this unification, the UNA began to expand and grow, and today the UNA is one of the oldest and most supportive Ukrainian organizations in North America.

Ensuring the growth of the fraternal association, the UNA never withheld its financial support of worthwhile community goals – having been and continuing to being an organizer and sponsor of numerous cultural, educational, sports/health and religious programs. Since its founding, the UNA has donated more than $2 million for the education of Ukrainian youth.

This year, the UNA Scholarship Committee has designated scholarships and awards to 44 UNA members – students attending universities in the U.S. and Canada. The total dollar amount of scholarships was $11,200, of which $5,000 was awarded for special scholarships. The UNA Scholarship Committee reviews the special scholarship applications, which are graded based on academic performance, field of study, financial need of the student and the applicant’s active involvement in the Ukrainian community.

Christina Gluch. Galandiuk Scholarship. UNA Branch 277. Seaton Hall University

The Joseph and Dora Galadiuk Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to Christina Gluch (Branch 277). Ms. Gluch is an honor student studying biology at Seton Hall University. She was born and grew up in an active Ukrainian family, with much of her life intertwined with Ukrainian diaspora culture and heritage. Since the age of four, she has been a member of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization, having participated in various camps and completed all of the associated ranks from youth scout to camp leader. Ms. Gluch completed her Ukrainian language education and enjoys speaking Ukrainian. In the future, she hopes to work in the medical field as an optometrist.

Maria Bandriwsky. Jarosewycz Scholarship. UNA Branch 360. Loyola University

The Drs. Maria, Dmytro and Olha Jarosewycz Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Maria Bandriwsky (Branch 360). Ms. Bandriwsky is an honor student studying psychology at Loyola University. She is a graduate of the Vasyl Stus School of Ukrainian Studies, and she considers Ukrainian as her native language, which she speaks with her family. She is a longtime member of the Ukrainian American Youth Association, and is a member of the UAYA national board. The previous summer, Ms. Bandriwsky participated in a camp for displaced children and orphaned children (whose parents had died in the war in the Donbas) in Ukraine. For more than 10 years, she has performed with the Hromovytsia Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. She hopes to one day become a doctor of psychology.

Daria Hrynewycz. Wolk Scholarship. UNA Branch 777. Loyola University Chicago

The Joseph Wolk Scholarship in the amount of $750 was awarded to Daria Hrynewycz (Branch 777). A graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep., Ms. Hrynewycz has been accepted to Loyola University. In her application, she recounted her experience in Ukraine in the village of Brukhovych in Lviv Oblast, where she taught English at an English-language summer school course for students of the Ukrainian Catholic University. From her experiences in Ukraine, she highlighted her Ukrainian patriotism and how dear all things Ukrainian are to her.

The Vera Stangl Scholarship in the amount of $750 was awarded to Gunnar Sadowey (Branch 25). He is an honor student in journalism at Samford University, where he has engaged himself in student life. He writes articles for the university newspaper “The Crimson,” and was selected for the London Core Texts summer study abroad program (one of 19 students selected). Mr. Sadowey is proud of his Ukrainian heritage and culture.

Gunnar Sadowey. Stangl Scholarship. UNA Branch 25. Samford University

The Ukrainian National Home Corp. of Blackstone, Massachusetts, Scholarship in the amount of $500 was awarded to Nataliya Savchuk (Branch 59). A graduate student at Temple University, studying kinesiology, Ms. Savchuk is passionate in learning about the workings of human body mechanics in motion and she is convinced that in life people need to work toward moving forward and striving to achieve all of life’s possibilities. Ms. Savchuk dreams of one day becoming a doctor of physical therapy.

The regular scholarship awards were distributed to 39 UNA student members, based on year of study. Eleven freshmen received $125 each, 11 sophomores $150 each, nine juniors received $175 each and eight seniors (or those in their final year of study) received $200 each.

Nataliya Savchuk. Blackstone Scholarship. UNA Branch 59. Temple University

The Ukrainian National Association congratulates all of this year’s scholarship recipients and wishes them a strong Ukrainian spirit and many continued successes on life’s journey.

The UNA reminds all the scholarship recipients to continue their active membership, by subscribing to its publications – Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly – and to regularly visit the Soyuzivka Heritage Center, as well as signing up your family and friends to become members of the UNA.

As the future leaders of the UNA, you have an opportunity to take advantage of all the fraternal benefits that membership in the UNA offers and with your participation to give back in the preservation of Ukrainian culture and heritage.

Additional information and UNA scholarship applications can be found on the UNA’s website, or telephone, 800-253-9862 ext. 3035.



Parker Chase. UNA Branch 5. University of Buffalo

Zachary Coulson. UNA Branch 465. Queen’s University

Joseph Kuchta. UNA Branch 368. University of Mississippi

Zenon Lewyckyj. UNA Branch 174. University of Michigan

Andriy Semeniv. UNA Branch 269. Hudson County Community College

Nicholas Stefurak. UNA Branch 116. University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Vasyl Tomko. UNA Branch 73. The Ohio State University

Julianna Walchuk. UNA Branch171. Fordham University





Zachary Cybyk. UNA Branch 15. The Ohio State University

Chloe Diakiwsky. UNA Branch 161. Berklee College of Music

Nicholas Drozd. UNA Branch 240. The Ohio State University

Amanda Godfrey. UNA Branch 142. Middlesex College

Nicholas Hladio. UNA Branch 161. University of Toronto

Alexander Kowinko. UNA Branch 59. Sacred Heart University

Mark Macios. UNA Branch 161. Syracuse University

Danya Pankiw. UNA Branch 432. Queen’s University

Ivan Yanovskiy. UNA Branch 59. Westchester Community College



Matthew Bach. UNA Branch 88. Loyola University Maryland

Zoryana Duda. UNA Branch 7. Lehigh Corban Community College

Adam Godfrey. UNA Branch 142. Manhattanville College

Mark Kachai. UNA Branch 171. Rowan University

Alexa Kolakoski. UNA Branch 362. Northeastern University

Catherine Lee. UNA Branch 13. SUNY Cobleskill

Adam Oscislawski. UNA Branch 234. Rice University

Juliana Paslawsky. UNA Branch 42. Ramapo College of NJ

Rebecca Poston. UNA Branch 112. Franciscan University of Steubenville

Grace Robinson. UNA Branch 112. Roanoke College

Matthew Stefurak. UNA Branch 116. University of Pittsburgh



Andrew Jaremko. UNA Branch 304. Canisius College, Buffalo NY

Anna Kosachevich. UNA Branch 269. New York University

Zorian Kovbasniuk. UNA Branch 171. Kean University

Marianna Lechman. UNA Branch 452. University of Western Ontario

Abigail Matejko-Lima. UNA Branch 234. Syracuse University

Daniel Olivette. UNA Branch 42. Rutgers University

Maya Pankiw. UNA Branch 432. McMaster University

Alexander Pidzamecky. UNA Branch 432. McMaster University

Surf Sadowey (UNA Branch 25) Stamford University

Roman Weremijenko. UNA Branch 216. Penn State University

Kyril Yurchuk. UNA Branch 70. Cooper Union College