video by Joe O’Neill
text by Craig Layne & MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
Each Ukrainian student who recently received the life-changing news that they have been awarded full-tuition scholarships to Dickinson will be joining the college’s class of 2027. The five students who are recipients of the Sam Rose ’58 International Scholarship have chosen to enroll, and the campus community is excited to welcome them to Carlisle.
“I was looking for a university where there will be a friendly and supportive community, and Dickinson has it,” said Yelyzaveta Buriak ’27. She says the Dickinson College Farm, the college’s internship opportunities and award-winning global education programs also swayed her decision to enroll.
In addition to covering tuition for all four years of their college experience, the scholarship, funded by a $2 million gift to Dickinson's Campaign for Scholarships from alumnus Sam Rose '58, covers the cost of textbooks, dining and living expenses, including travel, health insurance and other needs.
“Education is a great place to make an investment,” said Rose, whose maternal grandfather was born in Kyiv. “These students have endured more than a year of war in their homeland, and I’m happy to give them the opportunity to succeed with a life-changing Dickinson education to become leaders and problem-solvers.”
Another incoming Dickinsonian from Ukraine, Maya Bondarenko ‘27, has already distinguished herself as a volunteer, distributing food and providing psychological assistance to young people in war-torn Kharkiv. She says she’s interested in studying international business and management. “The opportunity to study a variety of disciplines within this field is exciting to me, and I am also looking forward to the prospect of studying abroad,” said Bondarenko.
Dickinson has a long history of supporting students around the world facing strife, including through the Conflict Zone Student Support Fund, which assists international students whose demonstrated financial need has increased because of extreme violence or war in their homeland.
Published May 10, 2023