Awards and Bursaries

The Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre administers an awards program for new writers, media artists, folk artists and musicians. The application deadline is November 30 of each year. Award winners are announced in the following spring.

Guidelines and application forms are available from the MacEwan Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries database.

The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) Award ($500)

This award is offered annually for a project that fosters a greater awareness of Ukrainian art in Alberta. This project may be in the form of an exhibit, tour, festival, educational program or special project.


Anna Pidruchney Award for New Writers ($1,000)

Anna (nee Raycheba) Pidruchney was an Alberta homesteader, community activist, artist, and author of two books about Ukrainian Canadian pioneer life. She taught numerous writing classes in both the Ukrainian and English languages, and had a special interest in young people. This award was established in 1989, in recognition of her lifelong commitment to encouraging and promoting the works of young writers. The award is available annually to a writer for a work that includes Ukrainian Canadian content (i.e. subject matter, theme, character or settings. The Ukrainian Canadian content may be from any historical period or country). Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.

Media Arts

William and Mary Kostash Award for Media Arts ($1,100)

This award is made possible through an endowment established in 1989, on the occasion of William and Mary Kostash's 50th wedding anniversary. Both contributed significant leadership to the Ukrainian Canadian community. Awarded every second year for a project in film, video or the new media that examines questions of Ukrainian Canadian identity as it is formed in the 21st century in local and global contexts. Works in progress and/or completed works will be considered. Drama, documentary, experimental, educational and other genres are acceptable. Open to students and independent film, video or new media producers.


Roman Soltykewych Music Award ($500)

Established in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the passing of Roman Soltykewych, and in his work in developing and fostering love and understanding of Ukrainian choral music. This award is available annually to any qualified applicant (individual or group) determined to pursue further studies in the field of Ukrainian choral or vocal music. 

The Serge Eremenko Music Award ($500)

Established through the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta (UMSA), in commemoration of the life of Serge Eremenko, one of the founders and a life-long member of the organization. UMSA is dedicated to promoting the awareness and development of Ukrainian music in Alberta. The award is available annually to any qualified applicant (individual or group) planning to pursue further studies in the field of Ukrainian music. Courses of study or workshops, in progress or recently completed, will be considered.