Eight students of the seventeen students who took part in the USA/USA Program in the application year of 2009-2010 have won scholarships totaling nearly 1.07 million dollars.
Five students have won scholarships for two years to top college preparatory schools in four countries: Red Cross United World College (NO), Leysin American (CH), Pearson College (BC), and Choate (CT) and Emma Willard (NY) in the USA. All these schools prepare students for English language higher education.
The number of students earning scholarships this year gives us our second best annual number ever. This is the by far the best year since 2006-2007 when we had an all-time high of nine scholarship students. Given that our results this year come at a time of financial aid cutbacks in colleges, we were successful because we have been more selective in recent years and our students had better preparation and advocacy. Because of continuous tuition inflation, the scholarship award amounts are more difficult to compare from year to year.
Four of the five students this year are going to prep schools which have previously taken at least one of our students. Two of the three colleges are taking our first student.
Since we do not award these scholarships, our students have to be competitive on a truly international level.
We are taking a well earned sabbatical while helping our remaining students from the 2008 and 2009 seminar years. We are planning to apply for a capacity building grant.
This process should take place during the 2010-2011 academic year. We welcome inquiries and offers of support as well as financial contributions since we are a 501(c)3 organization.
USA/USA Seminar 2009-2010 Student Scholarship Winners
Ostasheva, Olena – Leysin American School (CH) 02.25.1994, Dnipropetrovsk, Lycée No. 100 class of ’11. Silver medalist in the oblast (Stage III) Economics Olympiad in 2008-2009. Bronze medalist in the oblast English Olympiad in 2008-2009. Gold Medalist in the oblast Economics Olympiad 2009-2010. President of Lycée No. 100. Deputy in city children’s parliament. Member of a soccer team that won an oblast championship. Also plays basketball. Wants to study the interaction of economics and psychology.
Yukhymovych, Svitlana – Emma Willard (NY) 01.20.1993 Shepetivka, Khmelnitsky oblast, NVK No. 14, class of ’10. Two-Time Bronze Medalist in the all-Ukrainian Olympiad of English (Stage IV) 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. One of two Gold Medalists in the all-Ukrainian Small Academy of Sciences English competition (Stage III). She has published a book of poetry in Ukrainian, titled “To”. Selected to Gifted Youth of Ukraine.
Zavidovych, Volodymyr – Duke University (NC) 06.11.1992 Kerch, AR Crimea, School No. 12, class of ’09. Scored a perfect 200 on the Ukrainian Math ZNO (university exams) even though he goes to a regular high school. Taught himself advanced math through books and correspondence courses, likes art films and plays volleyball; also had the only perfect score on our math exam out of ninety seven tested students. He wants to study Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience.
USA/USA Seminar 2008 Scholarship Students
Chaykovskyy, Olexandr – Choate (CT) 06/24/1993, Odesa, Richelieu lyceum, class of ’10. Member of school team that won gold medal of the all-Ukrainian tournament of young Ukrainian physicists (2009). Member of bronze medal earning Ukrainian team at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in Tianjin China.
Kravtsova, Yuliya – RCN UWC (NO) 04/06/1993 Poltava, Poltava Municipal Lyceum No. 1, class of ’10. Silver Medalist in the all Ukrainian Olympiad of English (Stage IV) 2009-2010. Bronze Medalist in the all Ukrainian Olympiad of English (Stage IV) 2008-2009 and 2007-2008.
Polhuy, Oksana – DePauw University (IN) 02/09/1990 Chernihiv, Specialized School No. 1, Class of ’09. Kyiv National Economics University, 2009. FSA/FLEX 2006-2007. Student Council President in High School. Formerly enrolled at the Kyiv Economics University.
USA/USA Seminar 2007 Scholarship Student
Oleksiyenko, Anastasiya – Pearson (BC) 10/18/1993 Kharkiv ETC No. 169, class of ’10. Bronze Medalist in the all-Ukrainian Olympiad of English (Stage IV) 2009-2010 and 2008-2009. Gold Medalist in Kharkiv Oblast (Stage III) in English 2009-2010 and Ukrainian (Stage III) 2006-2007. Multiple Goal Medalist in Kharkiv City Olympiads (Stage II) in Ukrainian (3), English (3), Biology (2), and Geography. Kharkiv Mayor’s Award for Academic Achievements 2009-2010.
USA/USA Seminar 2006 Scholarship Student
Pankova, Alina – Washington and Lee University (VA) 01/12/1992 Sevastopol School No. 61, class of ’09. Miller School, Charlottesville VA, class of ‘10. Valedictorian at the Miller School, member of Virginia state high school championship basketball team, winner of FSA/FLEX (2007-2008).