This scholarship is made possible through the generous endowment gift of former UB professor, Nina Tretiak-Shields.
Nina Tretiak-Shields was born in 1914 in 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 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).
Preference will be given to:
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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.