Why do people establish named scholarships at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy? Stories of our donors.


Every success story has its backstory, a certain catalyst for change, a kind of Pareto Principle that asserts that 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes. Scholarship is one of the examples of it. We want to tell you about four founders of scholarships at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, who are already changing the lives of seven students.

*Named scholarships work as continuing support for students over several years, which motivates their growth and shapes future leaders.

The Boychuk Family Scholarship

Lubomyr, Yaroslav and Oksana Boychuk are graduates of KMA from the years 2001-2007.

The Boychuk family has supported the university multiple times, but this year, they decided to establish a named scholarship to provide students with continuing support. The motivation to become scholarship founders arose from various reasons, and one of such reasons was Lubomyr Boychuk's personal experience. He recalled that many Kyiv-Mohyla students from the 1990s and 2000s studied with the support of the Ukrainian diaspora, and now that 'we are the diaspora, its new generation, and it's our time to support students in Ukraine' .The Boychuk family has a great family history of philanthropy, which they aim to continue by investing in student scholarships.


The Scholarship from the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council / Mykyta Safronenko

Mykyta Safronenko was a student at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2010-2011 and, although he did not graduate, he decided to support current KMA students while being the Vice President of Partnerships and Fundraising at Ukrainian American Coordinating Council. UACC was founded in the United States in 1963 by Ukrainian immigrants with the goal of promoting and facilitating international recognition of Independent Ukraine. Today, UACC actively raises funds and collaborates with numerous non-governmental organizations in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine's defenders and civil citizens. Additionally, in partnership with Ukrainian activists in various regions of the United States, UACC works on the development of local communities and provides support to Ukrainian refugees.


The Myroslav Basarab Scholarship

Myroslav Basarab used to have a dream of enrolling in a Bachelor's program in Philology at KMA, but his illness interfered. Myroslav's mother, a graduate of the KMA Department of Humanities, along with his father, recognizing the quality of education at the Academy and her son's desire to study Ukrainian philology, established a named scholarship in his honour:

"Myroslav had a great desire for learning. While undergoing treatment in Belgium, he had the right to skip his school classes, but he didn't want to be ‘confined within four walls’. He attended classes regularly (with breaks for chemotherapy). He eagerly mastered the Dutch language and kept improving his English, which he already knew quite proficiently. Yet the Ukrainian language inspired him the most. He dreamt of studying Ukrainian Philology at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Unfortunately, his illness did not allow him to bring this dream to life," shared Serhii Basarab, Myroslav's father.


The Julia Matoshchuk Scholarship 

Julia Matoshchuk is a graduate of the Academy from the class of 2013. She was an active student, participated in exchange programs, and took part in All-Ukrainian students’ economic research competitions. Currently, she lives and works in London with her family. Jullia's family actively supports the Armed Forces of Ukraine, considering these contributions as their top priority. However, they also understand the importance of supporting future generations, thus, their second priority is education and support for students.

As one of the founders, Lyubomyr Boychuk, pointed out: "The war in Ukraine has three stages: short-term, medium-term, and long-term. The third stage is related to our future generations. We wouldn't have Ukraine if we forgot our history. And I believe that education is precisely the long-term investment factor in the war and victory".

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