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.


Anna Pidruchney Award for New Writers

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. Awarded to a novice writer for a literary work which includes Ukrainian Canadian characters or is based on a Ukrainian Canadian theme.

Media Arts

Roger Charest, Sr. Award for Broadcast and Media Arts

Established through Ethnic FM CKER Radio, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in November, 2000. This award has been named after the founder of CKER Radio in Edmonton, Roger Charest, Sr., a long-time broadcaster, radio personality and visionary, whose perseverance and dedication to his community have fostered the creation of a truly multicultural environment at CKER. The purpose of this award is to foster an awareness of the possibilities provided by broadcast media in developing understanding and cooperation between various cultural and ethnic groups in Canadian society. This award may focus yearly on any particular ethnic group.

William and Mary Kostash Award for Media Arts

This award is made possible through an endowment established in 1989, on the occasion of William and Mary Kostash's fiftieth wedding anniversary. Both contributed significant leadership to the Ukrainian Canadian community. Awarded every second year (i.e., 2001, 2003, 2005) for a project that promotes Ukrainian Canadian identity through the medium of film, video or multimedia (computer generated).

Folk Art

Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts Award in Alberta

Established through the Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts (ACUA), a province-wide organization, to mark its 10th anniversary in 1996. ACUA's objective is to educate the public about the Ukrainian Arts and their development and growth. This award is available annually to any qualified applicant (individual or group) who, through an exhibit, tour, festival, educational program or special project, fosters a greater awareness of Ukrainian arts in Alberta.


Roman Soltykewych Music Award

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) who is planning to pursue further studies in the field of Ukrainian choral or vocal music.

Study in Ukraine

National Lviv Ivan Franko University, National Ternopil University, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)

Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE) offers up to 4 bursaries of $750.00 to MacEwan University students who wish to participate in one of the 5 summer programs of Ukrainian language and/or cultural studies offered at 3 Ukrainian Universities. Please see the Study in Ukraine Table for detailed information about the programs.

To apply for a bursary, send a letter of application explaining why you are planning to take a particular Ukrainian program to: UFCE and cc: URDC

Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014.

For more information contact an education abroad advisor at MacEwan International.