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Anna Kisil (1960-2020) – a well-known public figure, philanthropist, longstanding leader, and a voice for Ukrainian newcomers to Canada. She was born in Ukraine, where she graduated from Lviv Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering, and has lived in Toronto since 1991. Anna Kisil was a one of the co-founders and long-term President of the Fourth Wave International Organization of Ukrainian Communities, Vice - President of the Ukrainian World Congress, and Chair of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations. In addition, she was an accomplished female entrepreneur who managed to build a successful business in Canada and Ukraine.


Anna Kisil was also a philanthropist who generously supported numerous projects in Ukraine and the diaspora, including helping orphaned children, the publication of books, and the developing women's movement. For her services to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, Anna Kisil has been awarded several honours, including the President of Ukraine's Medal on the occasion of 25 Years of Ukraine's Independence and the Ivan Mazepa Cross.


In recognition of her lifelong passion for serving the community, IOUC Fourth Wave is introducing Anna Kisil Scholarship to empower our youth and build a stronger civil society.

The project is supported by the Foundation of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine.


Scholarship Finalists

Eligibility criteria:

  • Ukrainian citizenship

  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian

  • Enrolment in an undergraduate program of an accredited post-secondary institution (college or university) in the province of Ontario, Canada, on a full-time basis (first-year students should start their studies in the Fall of 2023 or during the Winter of 2024)

  • Proven leadership and active involvement in the Ukrainian community

  • Preference will be given to displaced Ukrainians impacted by Russia's full-scale illegal invasion of Ukraine.

  • This scholarship will be awarded to young people, 18-24 years of age


The IOUC Fourth Wave will determine eligibility at its sole discretion, with the recommendation
of the Fourth Wave Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to
disqualify submissions that are inconsistent with Fourth Wave eligibility of any applicant and to
disqualify any applicant who submits an application with dishonest information and/or does not
sign the Information Release Consent Form.

Application package:

  • Completed application form

  • Resume

  • Personal statement - 1-2 pages (Please tell us your story and help us to understand why you are a good candidate for receiving a scholarship)

  • Proof of acceptance from the accredited college or university in Canada (for students who will start their studies during the Fall of 2023 or Winter of 2024). All majors are welcome to apply.

  • Recent official transcript (for students who are already enrolled at the post-secondary institution on a full-time basis)

  • Copy of the Ukrainian passport (first page)

  • Copy of the student permit

  • One reference letter (academic, professional, or volunteering)

  • One reference letter from the not-for-profit organization describing your community involvement

For further inquiries please contact:


Please help us support our talented youth by donating to a scholarship fund. Thank you!

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2023 applications deadline - Monday, July 31, 2023


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