For Immediate Release

Scholarship to Promote Social Entrepreneurship 
Elfenworks, Kiev Taras Schevenko Vet Young Hopefuls

San Mateo, California (December 14, 2016) – The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with Kiev Taras Schevchenko National University and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, today announced the four finalists selected in the University’s first-ever scholarship opportunity for budding social entrepreneurs: an Elfenworks Scholarship Competition. Winners will be announced in April of 2017 at a celebratory event.  

“I congratulate every one of the 124 students who submitted for this scholarship,” said Elfenworks Executive Director Kenneth Tam, who traveled to Kiev in fall for the initial scholarship announcement, adding, “We always say that students hold the key to tomorrow’s hope and they have just proven us absolutely right.”

Phase II of the competition took place at the Institute of International Relations of the Kiev Taras Schevchenko National University. From the initial pool of one hundred thirty five participants, twenty four were selected for the second, juried phase, assessing their in-depth knowledge of the field, its current status and importance for Ukraine, as well as their own personal involvement and vision.

The jury, led by Professor Stupnytsky, Aleksiy, included: Golubiy Igor, Professor, Department of International Business; Gnatovsky Nikolay, Professor, Department of International Law; Andrushchenko Svetlana, Professor, Department of International Relations; Smyrnova Ksenya, Professor, Department of European Law. Representing Elfenworks on the jury was Dr. Vladimir Genin, who oversaw the translation of the book Intelligence & Compassion in Action into Ukranian, and who had already, himself, translated it into Russian. Our sincere congratulations to the finalists, listed here in alphabetical order:

  • Kikesheva, Anna
  • Oleksyuk, Vitaly
  • Slinko, Valeriia
  • Yaroshenko, Oleksander.

We invite members of the press to contact us with any questions, and to please check our Ukraine Detail Page,, over the coming months for the announcement of the winner.


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About Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope”  Scholarships Fostering Student Ripplemakers
The Elfenworks Foundation works for hope by fostering creative and technological solutions that advance change. Elfenworks identifies chasms, creates change, and amplifies success, whether promoting peace initiatives, assisting nonprofits safely navigate IT security, or helping people cope with stress through the Breathing Butterfly project.  Working together with domestic and international university partners, we are fostering a new wave of student social entrepreneurs, through teacher tools, outreach, and scholarship competitions [ ]. Students, we’re so proud of you. Never underestimate your ripple! Visit for big and small ways to make a difference.

About Kiev Taras Schevchenko National University
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, a classic university with a distinct research profile, is the leading contemporary academic and educational hub of Ukraine. The staff at the University have a broad range of formal achievements recognized, such as the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, as well as awards from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and branches of the National Academies of Sciences. Partnership page at .