Among the many projects through which benefactors Victor and Maria Rudewych have supported education in the area of Ukrainian language and culture are scholarships schemes for students attending secondary school. While the most prestigious of these are the $2500 Monash Rudewych Year 12 Ukrainian Language Scholarships, Victor and Maria Rudewych have also instituted scholarships for students in more junior classes, commencing with Year 7.
Administered by the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University and by the Ukrainian Education Council of Australia (UECA), these scholarships are increase in value from each year level to the next. At Year 7 they are worth $100. By Year 11 winners receive $500. At each year level there are eight prizes Australia-wide.
In order to be eligible to participate in the competition students must attend at least 75% of classes in the year of the award, and must submit an essay, which they may illustrate if they wish. The essay topic in 2015 was “What does the Euromaidan mean for me?”
The selection committee, comprising representatives of the Monash Ukrainian Studies Centre and UECA, awarded a total of 29 scholarships. The names of awardees were made public at the end-of-year functions of the Ukrainian Saturday Schools on 5 and 12 December 2015.
The Monash Rudewych Years 7-11 Ukrainian Language Scholarship winners for 2015 are as follows:
Year 7: Andrew Babijczuk and Sophiya Poshyvaylo-Towler (NP), Natalie Demko, Sophia Hodych, Christine Makohon, and Olga Suchodolak (NM) and Oleksandr Remenchyts (L);
Year 8: Melania Melnychuk (NM);
Year 9: Daniel Kucheruk and Dmytro Kucheryavyy (L) and Daniel Makohon (NM);
Year 10: Lukian Michael Dus Adams, Andrei Matiouk and Andriy Nakonechnyy (L), Dmytro Kuzmovych and Sofia-Maria Zakharchouk (NP) and Nicole Pyrczak, Sonia Pyrczak and Deniz Uzel (NM), and
Year 11: Alina Bartosh and Oksana Pashoulia (NP), Michael Hassett, Roxanna Levkut Andrew Mykhaylyk and Natalie Wenhrynowycz (NP), and Khrystyna Matiiuk, Justina Remedi and Artem Nosovtsev (S).
(L = St Andrews Ukrainian School, Lidcombe, NSW; NM = Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky Ukrainian Community School, North Melbourne, Victoria; NP = Lesia Ukrainka Ukrainian Community School, Noble Park, Victoria; S = Saturday School of Community Languages, Strathfield, NSW)
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