Ukraine Global Scholars (UGS) is a public charity raising a new generation of Ukrainian leaders. Each year, our team identifies exceptionally talented high school students across Ukraine, all from modest backgrounds, and guides them through the application process to American boarding schools and colleges. On the back end, we work with educational institutions to ensure that our scholars receive full scholarships and all the necessary financial support to travel to the US and other countries and enroll in full-time high school and undergraduate programs. All admitted UGS scholars complete summer internships in Ukraine, leveraging their education and already making a difference in Ukraine. After graduation, students return to Ukraine within five years and take full-time positions in Ukraine-based businesses/organizations for at least five years.

Since 2015, we have helped 100 Ukrainian high school students receive $28M+ (twenty-eight million US dollars) in scholarships. Our younger scholars (ages 15 through 17) are currently enrolled at top boarding schools, including Phillips Andover Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, the Taft School, Deerfield Academy, the Lawrenceville School, and others. Our older scholars (ages 18 through 19) have been admitted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, NYU Abu Dhabi, Columbia University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and others.

You can find UGS Team bios as well as Annual Reports on our website 

Summer Internships in Ukraine

In 2021, we’re looking to place 70 UGS scholars currently studying in the US and other countries into 4 or 8-week summer internships in Ukraine starting in early June. Please follow the link here to view our students’ CVs, cover letters, and fields of interest. Please look at the Excel document for the summary information. In the past, our students successfully interned at KyivStar, KyivPost, Deloitte, Atlantic Group, ZEO Alliance, East Europe Foundation, Kyiv School of Economics, UkrGazVydobuvannya, Darwin’s Grove, Senstone, Petcube, USAID CEP, etc. Compensation is preferred, particularly to cover living and transportation costs for out-of-town interns.

Please, offer an internship to exceptionally talented Ukrainian students willing to make a difference!

For all the details please contact Julia Lemesh, UGS President, at