Recently UCU held its traditional celebration of Farewell to Carols, in which our students had the opportunity to get better acquainted with the providers of their scholarships, to share their successes and to carol together. This evening was a symbol of the importance of support, on the principles of which a healthy society is being built.
Zoriana Samotys has been supporting UCU since 2009. She and her husband established the Samotys Family Student Scholarship. Mrs. Samotys is convinced that UCU is an example of a successful small country: “My husband and I are exceptionally pleased, and it is important for us to be involved in the process of the university’s growth. Its model is very successful, and if our government took it up for ‘armament,’ then in 10 years we would be able to accomplish many planned goals and become a progressive country. UCU’s students, sincere and open, hunger for and achieve the highest. For my husband and me it is very important to support them, for we also have three children who are students. For us, as parents, this is exceptionally relevant.”
Oleksandra Dmytruk, a second-year history student, receives the Samotys Family Scholarship.
“Support has various manifestations,” she said, “and I feel it every day. Friends and parents support me, but support from benefactors is exceptionally pleasant and unexpected for me. In my opinion, this is an obligatory condition for co-existence in a healthy society, inasmuch as this is yet one more natural manifestation of love of neighbor, a way to say ‘Thank you.’ I have many reasons to be thankful, and so I also dream of becoming a benefactor, when I achieve my professional goals, in order to give others the possibility of using their talents.”
Iryna Plakhtii has supported UCU for three years. In her time, she was able to pursue her dreams and now she wants to help those who sincerely want to pursue theirs:
“My support of students is directly connected with my life story. I have two professions, doctor and psychologist-coach. I was born in a family of doctors and, though I dreamed of becoming a psychologist, I first had to finish medical studies. Nevertheless, upon completion, the desire to become a psychologist had not left me, and I consciously made efforts to fulfill my dream. So, when I started practice, I decided to help the younger generation, which is only starting on the road of professional formation. Psychology is a very dedicated profession, which teaches you how to make sacrifices. So when I heard about UCU, when I found out how many professional specialists this institution prepares and saw the university’s students, I immediately decided to support them. For these are not simply specialists in their field; these are very sincere and open people who want to dedicate themselves to something.”
Iryna Yevtukh is a second-year student in the psychology program. For her, the support of a benefactor was exceptionally sincere and truly motivating:
“I never met my benefactor before and was very afraid of the meeting, because I didn’t know in general how I should behave. Nevertheless, when I saw my benefactor, Ms. Plakhtii, I was very surprised, because she was a very kind and open woman. In a few minutes we found common interests, and it turned out we had many acquaintances in common. I understood that the support of students is truly very important. This motivates me to study better, because I know there is a person who believes in me and is interested in my development. Even more, she is ready to spend her money on this. This is a very weighty factor for professional growth.”
Rostyslav Olenchyn, CEO of the company Kingspeech.AI, has been a member of the LvBS Graduates’ Board since 2017. According to Mr. Olenchyn, UCU is helping the development and future of the country in whatever field:
“I support UCU because this university has nothing in common with the Soviet past. What is decisive for me is the fact that the majority of entrants to UCU’s IT program have an average IET score over 195. I consider that, in this case, they should be supported, simply without additional explanations. A scholarship is a certain kind of credit; it disciplines you in the best way, inasmuch as it allows you to feel a connection, an obligation before someone. This is also a great mark of trust. With a base of trust, it is possible to build the basis of the state of which we dream. Not many people are necessary for this. It’s enough, as Einstein said, if 5% are active leaders in order to transform the system. It is better to form a small number of quality leaders than hundreds of average functionaries.”