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Ukraine: new scholarship in honour of Bohdan Solchanyk, hero of Maidan

(Bratislava) The Academic Council of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv has approved a decision regarding the establishment of a new scholarship in honour of Bohdan Solchanyk, a historian, civil activist, and teacher at UCU´s Department of Modern Ukrainian History who was killed at Maidan on 20 February 2014 and is now remembered as one of the “Heavenly Hundred” heroes. The scholarship (two times more generous than a regular scholarship) will be awarded each year to a graduate who demonstrates excellent academic results, who has scholarly articles published or approved for publication in Ukraine or abroad, and who leads an active public, scholarly and civic life. According to the Academic Council, preference will be given to students who use an interdisciplinary approach in their dissertation research. The project has two main aims – to encourage students to reach the best possible results and be active in university life as well as beyond its borders, and to commemorate Bohdan Solchanyk and all other victims of Maidan. A memorial plaque to this hero of the Heavenly Hundred was installed at the premises of UCU in 2015, recalling him as a man with “unique sensitivity, provocative frankness, straightforwardness in words, and passion in conveying his ideas”. The scholarship should be awarded for the first time in the next academic year.

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