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 ($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). Submissions for this year’s award must be in Ukrainian. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.

Media Arts

William and Mary Kostash Award for Media Arts ($1,000)

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 (next submission year is 2016) 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 ($500)

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