Nina Tretiak-Shields Scholarship for Study Abroad

This scholarship is made possible through the generous endowment gift of former UB professor, Nina Tretiak-Shields.

About the Scholarship

Nina Tretiak-Shields was born in 1914 in the Ukraine and attended Kharkov University during the totalitarian regime of Joseph Stalin. Despite threats to her life from Stalin’s forces, she stayed at the university to complete her doctorate. In 1940, Dr. Tretiak-Shields fled the Ukraine and landed in a refugee camp in Germany. In 1950, she immigrated to the US with her family. Speaking no English, she was awarded a scholarship to study Russian Language and Literature at Indiana University. In 1959, Dr. Tretiak-Shields came to the University at Buffalo and opened the department of Russian Language and Literature. She retired from UB in 1982.

Based on available funds, the Nina Tretiak-Shields Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded to UB students who study abroad in a non-English speaking country in order to further their proficiency in a foreign language. The maximum award amount is equal to one semester of resident tuition (or the corresponding resident tuition for a summer program).

Who Can Apply:

  • Students pursuing a study abroad program in a non-English speaking country in order to further their proficiency in a foreign language and increase their knowledge of the culture of the host country.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Students must be accepted to and confirm their participation in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program to be considered for this scholarship. This means, students will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses) and must have paid the program deposit.

Selection Criteria:

Preference will be given to:

  • First-time study abroad participants
  • Students with documented financial need (as confirmed by UB Financial Aid Office)
  • Students maintaining a GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Students who have selected a study abroad program relevant to their current academic program
  • Students who will return to UB for at least one semester following their study abroad program

Award Guidelines:

  • Applications will be reviewed by the UB Study Abroad Scholarship Committee.
  • The award decisions of the committee are final and not subject to appeal.
  • Awards will be applied directly to the recipient’s UB student account.
  • Scholarship recipients are asked to help UB Study Abroad in promotional activities upon return.
  • Recipients of any Office of International Education scholarship will not be considered for future awards.

Application Details:

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  • Log in to www.buffalo.academicworks.com using your UBIT name and password.
  • Fill out the general application and the study abroad conditional application
  • You may need to search for the scholarship by name

Applications open for winter and spring programs on October 1. Completed applications are due by April 1 for summer, fall, or academic year programs and November 1 for winter or spring programs abroad.