Student Scholarship Program

Student Scholarship Program

The UCCLF scholarship program was established in 2008 to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the 20th century’s greatest violations of civil liberties – the Holodomor, the Great Famine throughout Soviet Ukraine.  The scholarship program assists students with their educational pursuits by providing them with financial assistance and by helping them to fulfill their educational requirements.

Encouraging students to research and write about such atrocities will increase the amount of research and information available about the Holodomor and other civil liberties atrocities.

In 2008, UCCLF launched the annual High School Civil Liberties Award and the Civil Liberties Opinion-Editorial Award.


The Foundation provides the following two scholarships to support high school and undergraduate/graduate students undertaking short essays or course work related to civil liberties themes.High School Civil Liberties Award: Valued at $500, the award will go to a high school student aged 13-18 who submits a research essay of up to 1,500 words based on a civil liberties theme.

Civil Liberties Opinion-Editorial Award: Valued at $1000, the award will go to a high school or post-secondary student whose civil liberties-based opinion-editorial appears in a major Canadian newspaper prior to deadline. The amount of this award is subject to change in the event that an op-ed from more than one student appears in a major Canadian newspaper.

All students must submit the application form that outlines eligibility requirements. An award selection committee, comprising Foundation members and academic volunteers review and adjudicate the submitted scholarship applications to determine to whom the awards should be given.