Our Donors2021-04-08T04:58:22-04:00

Our Generous Donors

In this section we feature our generous donors and supporters who embrase the mission on the Ukrainina Catholic Universaity as their own. They decided to make a diference in the lives of many young Ukrainian students. We also feature what they had to say about their experience.

Vera Trojan and Mark Carthy

Long-time UCEF supporters Vera Trojan and Mark Carthy are finance professionals based in Boston, MA. “My parents both lived in Lviv before emigrating during World War II, and supporting UCU is my way of helping their native land. I expect that a vibrant educational sector will be an integral driver of Lviv’s future growth,” explains Vera. By helping support the Lviv Business School and the school’s Center for Entrepreneurism, Vera and Mark believe they are helping UCU graduates put their excellent education to practical use.

Dr. Michael and Roksolana Yarymovych

Dr. Michael and Roksolana Yarymovych are residents of Osprey, Florida. They left Ukraine as refugees during World War II and emigrated to the United States in 1949.

Roksolana received a Masters Degree in Library Science and has been very active in PLAST, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, and other humanitarian organizations.

Dr. Michael Yarymovych is an internationally renowned engineer and rocket scientist who worked for NASA, Rockwell International, NATO and the U.S. Defense Department. He served as the Chief Scientist for the U.S. Air Force and played a pivotal role in the development of the Apollo Space Program, GPS technology and the Space Shuttle Program. After a storied career, he retired from Boeing as Vice-President of Global Technology in 1998. In their retirement, Dr. and Mrs. Yarymovych remain active in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port, Florida. In 2021, UCU awarded Dr. Yarymovych an honorary doctorate in recognition of his ground-breaking work in aerospace and science.

Adrian J. Slywotzky

Noted US business consultant Adrian J. Slywotzky was the keynote speaker at the 2019 summer commencement ceremony of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

In addition to being a friend of the university, Mr. Slywotzky is also a major donor of the UCEF.

The Upside: The 7 Strategies for Turning Big Threats into Growth Breakthroughs, a 2007 bestseller written by Mr. Slywotzky, was recently translated into Ukrainian and presented while he was in Ukraine. Mr. Slywotzky has had a number of articles published in Business Week and Fortune.

Yaroslav Rushchyshyn

My dream was always to create a school that gives a sure level of quality. I think the Ukrainian Catholic University gives that sure level of quality not just in education, but also in student life.

Yaroslav Rushchyshyn

Kostiantyn Shumsky

Founder of the annual Vasyl Shumskyi scholarship for UCU students

“Why the Ukrainian Catholic University? Because it’s one of the few institutions of higher education in Ukraine where there’s no corruption.  I really like its atmosphere. Here you encounter good and intelligent faces, the deep eyes of young people who truly want to learn.

“The university educates those specialists who will raise up Ukraine, who in their work will pass on to others that spirit of goodness, intellectualism, and support of the needy that I feel here.”

Jose Casanova

Professor, Georgetown University, Department of Sociology

It was a great experience to come, to be able to teach, and to spend some time, exchange opinions, thoughts, and see how the university functions. And I was very impressed by three things.

The first very obvious level – administration. Everything runs smoothly, perfectly, unexpectedly well. But this is only the external.

The second is the sense of community. One gets the sense that this is not only a professional institution that gives degrees but that constructs a community of spirit, of intellect, even an ethical community, in which you see the way in which both professors and students share values, ideas.

I was very impressed by the level of the students. When I had the opportunity to give five lectures, we had every day at least a one hour discussion, and we always went over time, and the questions always reflected the way the students were following the lectures, but also went beyond the lectures and applied to different contexts.

So in all these respects, I think that the Ukrainian Catholic University has been able to construct a kind of island of intellectual excellence, of serious spiritual reflection, engagement with the tradition, both the Ukrainian tradition and the Eastern Christian spiritual tradition, and, I think, create or form a new generation of young professionals who I think one should have hope that they will make an impact on Ukrainian society in the future.

So in all these respects, it’s a very, very impressive enterprise, and I think it deserves support from society. I know the Ukrainian diaspora in American is very supportive, but I would be very, very glad to communicate this message of how impressed I was with every level – intellectual, professional, spiritual – of the university.

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