In this section, we feature our generous supporters who embrace the mission of Ukrainian Catholic University as their own. They decided to make a difference in the lives of many young Ukrainian students.
The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation is a longstanding partner of UCU Foundation. The Bradley Foundation made its first $20,000 grant to UCU Foundation (then UCEF) in 2000 and has supported UCU’s mission ever since with grants totaling $830,800 over several decades. Steadfastly adhering to the principles and examples of its namesakes, Lynde and Harry Bradley, The Bradley Foundation envisions a nation invigorated by the principles and institutions that uphold our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To further this vision, The Bradley Foundation pursues a mission to restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.
Today, the Bradley Foundation rarely makes international grants, but its long history with UCU and the severity of the war made this most recent $83,300 grant possible. This generous grant will support UCU’s critical work and has been designated for both UCU’s Ukraine Emergency Fund and for direct scholarship support with the intent to help UCU remain a first-rate educational institution in Ukraine.
Among the most generous donors to UCU during the past fiscal year were Andriy and Chrystia Kozak. After successful engineering careers, early retirement allowed them to enjoy the active lifestyle offered by Vermont. Andriy and Chrystia are both avid skiers, and also enjoy hiking, cycling, and windsurfing. Andriy is also a glider pilot. They are both lifelong members of the Ukrainian Scouting Organization Plast, where Andriy serves as the Chairman of Plast’s National Board, and Chrystia is the Director of Physical Fitness. During Andriy’s tenure, Plast has strengthened its financial base in the United States, and expanded one of the organization’s historic campsites. Along with normal scouting activities, Andriy and Chrystia are involved in Plast’s “Scouts for Ukraine” campaign, which has raised nearly one million dollars in donations and has delivered over ten million dollars in medical equipment and humanitarian aid to refugees and wounded soldiers. Given their active lifestyle, Andriy and Chrystia funded UCU’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center, which has now been named in their honor. Immediately following the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the fitness center was converted into a refugee shelter. The Kozak’s are deeply touched that this new building aided UCU’s relief efforts and underscores their unwavering commitment to UCU and Ukraine.
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 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.