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Woskob Gift Supports Collaboration Between Penn State and Ukraine

George and Nina Woskob, of State College, have pledged $100,000 to support the Woskob Ukraine New Century Fund, an endowment established by George Woskob’s parents, real estate developers Helen and Alex Woskob.

Created in 2006, the Woskob Ukraine New Century Fund is designed to promote partnerships, build institutions, and create networks of support for agricultural entrepreneurs and industries as the foundation for a democratic and market-oriented Ukraine. The endowment also supports faculty development programs, graduate assistantships, conferences, and exchanges with universities and businesses in Ukraine.

In particular, the Woskobs’ gift is aimed at enhancing the Woskob International Research in Agriculture, or WIRA, program, one of the initiatives sponsored by the family’s Ukraine New Century Fund.

The WIRA program brings two to four scholars from Ukraine to Penn State each year during the fall semester to study educational methods, take and co-teach courses, establish links with Penn State researchers, and promote study-abroad opportunities for undergraduate students. The program is open to full-time faculty members at all Ukrainian agricultural universities.

The new funding will enable more young Ukrainian scholars to participate in the program and strengthen connections between Penn State and institutions in that country. 

—Chuck Gill