This family foundation was made possible by the generous donations of Wasyl and Anna Kuryliw in 1988. Born in Ukraine, the Kuryliws immigrated to Canada and settled in Sudbury, Ontario. For over 50 years, Mr. Kuryliw worked for the International Nickel Company of Sudbury.
Both were dedicated and longstanding volunteers in the Ukrainian community. Their children now continue this family tradition of community involvement.
The Kuryliws chose to honour the eminent Ukrainian writer and ethnographer Ivan Franko by establishing their scholarship in his name. The mandate of the endowment is to provide scholarships to graduate students enrolled in the Ukrainian Folklore Program at the University of Alberta.
Thanks to Kuryliw family scholarship, the Kule Folklore Centre is able to support four to five students per year in their studies. Students come from around the world to study Ukrainian Folklore. Without this generous support, they would not have been able to pursue their academic goals.