Smart People. Smart Power.
Helping talented Ukrainian students to get world class education
Meet UGS finalists 2016
This year we selected 20 exceptionally talented students from all over Ukraine who will apply to the schools of their dreams in the fall of 2016
The application for 2017 will open on January 31st, 2017
Preliminary deadline for submitting application is March 31st, 2017
2017 Application will be open on January 31, 2017.
The application deadline is March 31, 2017
Students meeting the following criteria can apply to our program:
Documents for submission
In 2016, we required all students to apply online by filling out our online application.
We required the following items in our 2016 application:
a. Tell us about the most significant challenge you have faced in your life and how you dealt with it
b. Please briefly elaborate on one of your favorite extracurricular activity. Why is it special to you?
c. What matters most to you, and why?
2017 Application will be open on January 31, 2017. The preliminary deadline for submitting the application is March 31, 2017.
Our program is extremely competitive, and choosing between students often feels difficult and unfair. We review each application extremely carefully and ultimately select students who are most likely to get admitted to world's best universities with our help. We consider the following factors when making our final decision:
Student's ability to score high on standardized tests
Ideally, after our training sessions students should be able to score on par with students admitted to world's best universities.
Student's application attractiveness
Special talents, extracurricular activities, skills, ability to present oneself well on paper etc. The more impressive student's achievements are in any area of studies or extracurricular activities, the more chances they have to get admitted to our program and eventually to a Western prep school, college or university.
Student's ability to work hard and carry through the admission process
Admission process to the Western colleges usually lasts more than 6 months and demands absolute concentration, determination and hundreds of hours of hard work. Not every student can survive that.
About the program
Ukraine Global Scholars is a non-profit initiative established to assist most talented, intelligent and ambitious Ukrainian students to get education in world's best colleges and universities, usually located in the United States.
Ukraine Global Scholars is run by its alumni students who were successfully admitted, graduated or are currently studying at world's best universities, such as Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton, MIT and many others.
We help high school students (8-11 graders) with the application process in hope of raising the number of young capable Ukrainian leaders who would have a positive impact on the development of Ukraine and the world. Specifically, we do the following:
As a result of our efforts, Ukrainian students are able to get into world's best institutions with full financial aid packages that cover all student's expenses for the duration of their undergraduate studies. The program is highly competitive as we select only 5 to 10 students from Ukraine each year. Read below more on our application process and selection criteria.
We are a group of students from Berdyansk to Kyiv from Kharkiv to Odesa who got or currently getting our education in top world universities and prep schools
Board of Directors 2016-2017
Berdyansk, University of Pennsylvania 11’ (B.A. Economics), Entrepreneur, Associate at AVentures Capital VC fund
Zaporyzhia, Deerfield Academy 08’, Harvard University 12’ (B.A. Economics), Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, Wharton School 17’ (MBA Candidate)
Odesa, Queen Mary, University of London 11' (LLM Banking and Finance)
Partners and Supporting Organizations
Fundraising and information partner
Ukrainian Federation of America
Fundraising and mentorship partner
European Business Association
Information partner in Ukraine
CMS Cameron McKenna
Pro bono legal partner in Ukraine
Ukraine Global Scholars (UGS) was founded in 2015 with a mission to break stereotypes and help capable young Ukrainians to obtain best education for free and contribute to the development of Ukraine and the world.
Many of UGS founders are alumni of the USA/USA Program. USA/USA was created by Dr. Bohdan Oryshkevich and Dr. Olena Prokopovych in 1992. Since then, Dr. Oryshkevich has run the program pro bono. He has been committed to his vision to educate young Ukrainians at top American institutions on full scholarships, in order to supply intellectual talent for Ukraine. USA/USA has been supported by a number of establishments, including the Coordinating Committee to Aid Ukraine (USA) Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. The program has had 60 alumni who won scholarships to prestigious American institutions, including Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Stanford.
In 2009 when the seminars stopped for some period of time, participants have sought ways to continue empowering young Ukrainian students. The thought process led to the creation of Ukraine Global Scholars. Founders of UGS gained much from their experience at USA/USA and aim to give back to individuals and organizations that provided unmatched educational opportunities for them.
In its mission, UGS encourages its students to use the knowledge they gain from training and abroad studies to make a positive change in Ukraine.
UGS via fair competition works to gather talented Ukrainian students who have the potential to succeed at the best American colleges and preparatory schools. The program welcomes the support of those who would like to contribute to Ukraine’s talent growth, whether with ideas or financial means.
UGS wants to create scientists, activists and leaders able to cooperate and be a forefront example of success for other young individuals in Ukraine. Eventually, UGS aims to become a center of connection for Ukrainian leaders globally.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you guarantee admission to any college or university?
No. We do not guarantee admission to college or university. We work individually with every student and do our best in preparing them, but the final result ultimately depends only on a student.
Do you have an affiliation with any college or university?
No. Besides having studied in some of the best U.S. universities, we do not have any affiliation with those establishments and cannot impact the decision of their admission committee.
Why are you helping me? What are you getting from this?
It might be hard to believe, but we are indeed doing this because we feel it is important for many more Ukrainians to get the best education possible. We truly believe that Ukraine will benefit (directly or indirectly) from a greater number of young, smart, and ambitious professionals. Once we were helped by other alumni, and now we would like to give back.
Where are you getting money to pay for Program's expenses?
We are collecting money on a voluntary basis from Ukrainian alumni of top western schools as well as other individuals who would like to help our mission.
Can one pay the money to get into your program?
Absolutely not. We do not accept money from prospective or current participants of the program. You may donate money only after you graduate from a top school to help our mission.
Who pays for students' education abroad?
We select only the most talented students who will be eligible for scholarships from universities in the United States. Each university or college decides whether to cover education and expenses of each applicant. Usually, each of us were able to get full financial scholarships for full duration of attending a preparatory school/undergraduate program that covered our education and living expenses.
What is the difference between a college and a university?
Both refer to higher educational establishments equivalent to Ukrainian institute or university. College usually offer only undergraduate (Bachelor's) programs while universities offer both undergraduate and graduate (Master's, PhD) programs.
Can I apply to your program twice?
Yes, and if we notice significant progress you have made in your professional and personal development over the year, we are more likely to accept you into the program.
What if I don't get admitted to any U.S. college or university?
U.S. admissions offices are not straightforward, and it is hard to say why some students get admitted and some don't. If you don't get admitted on the first attempt, we recommend that you reassess your application, try harder and apply next year. We know a few cases when students got admitted only after three years of trying. We will continue to help you if you demonstrate progress in your performance and continue displaying strong motivation to be part of our program.