Washington DC, 2 May 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) colleges and universities have stepped up to support Ukrainian students in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

Notably, over 140 American institutions have helped 230 Ukrainian students continue their studies through the Institute of International Education’s Emergency Student Fund for Ukraine.

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One example of such support is Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, which will be hosting five students from Ukraine this August.

These students will be studying at Dickinson for the next four years under a new scholarship program, which was funded by a $2 million donation from Dickinson alumni Sam Rose. The scholarship covers all costs for the students during their time at the college.

Other universities, such as the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the University of Iowa, have also established new scholarship programs to support Ukrainian students.

At the University of New Haven, sophomore Kateryna Fedirko is the first student to attend classes as part of the university’s new scholarship program for Ukrainian students.

The program covers all tuition, living expenses, and travel. Fedirko said she is “really happy” and that people at the university are “so friendly, generous, helpful.”

Oksana Hirchak, a student at the University of Iowa, is one of 20 Ukrainian students who received the Global Democracy Ambassador Scholarship from the Institute of International Education. She plans to become a psychotherapist so she can work with people affected by war.

Hirchak collected stories from miners in her hometown and participants in the 2014 Maidan Revolution, also known as the Revolution of Dignity, as part of her documentation of Ukraine’s contemporary history.

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Another recipient of the Global Democracy Ambassador Scholarship, Mark Vodianyi from Kyiv, is studying criminal law at West Virginia University.

He plans to use his education to handle prosecutions of war crimes by soldiers against Ukrainians when he returns to Ukraine. Vodianyi expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support from his university and the US for Ukraine.

In a nutshell, these scholarships and programs are providing critical support for Ukrainian students who have been impacted by the ongoing conflict in their country.

The US is committed to standing with the people of Ukraine and supporting their efforts to rebuild and move forward.