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Many of our activities are enhanced through private donations to the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Special events, guest lecturers, scholarships and study abroad opportunities are just some of the ways your donation can help us ensure our Center's vitality. We hope that you will contribute generously to strengthen the Center's programs by sending your gift today.
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Supporting Funds at CREES
CREES General Fund
The CREES General Fund supports a wide range of educational and outreach activities on campus and in the wider community. Among its dedicated sponsors are the Backus Memorial Fund which allows CREES to host the annual Backus Memorial Lecture, and the Bramlage Family Foundation Fund which provides scholarships to incoming KU REES MA students who have strong connections to the state of Kansas.
Maria Palij Memorial Fund
The Maria Palij Fund suppports an annual visiting lecturerer specializing in Ukrainian studies. The fund also supports the Ukrainian Studies Prize for an outstanding student specializing in Ukrainian.
George C. Jerkovich Fund
The mission of the Jerkovich Fund is threefold: 1) supports the development of KU's South Slavic library collection; 2) provides awards to outstanding students who have demonstrated an interest in the study of Croatian or Serbian history, literature, folklore, or culture; 3) brings noted specialists in South Slavic studies to KU.
Roy & Betty Laird Fund
This fund is named after the late Professor Roy D. Laird, a longtime member of the Russian and East European Studies (REES) and Political Science faculties, and Ms. Betty Laird, whose continued support of CREES activities includes sponsoring the annual Roy & Betty Laird Essay Contest. Monies donated to support this fund will primarily contribute to the advancement of Russian Studies.
Norman E. Saul Fund
Named after KU History Emeritus Professor Norman E. Saul, this fund supports REES MA students with travel grants to collections or to REES related conferences at which they will be presenting the results of their research.
Awards made possible by our donors
Bramlage Family Foundation Scholarship
Through the generosity of the Bramlage Family Foundation, CREES offers up to $3500 scholarships to incoming KU REES MA students who have strong connections to the state of Kansas. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
- Reside in in the State of Kansas, be a native Kansan, or have other Kansas ties;
- 3.5 GPA in the major;
- Two years of Slavic language study or willingness to begin intensive language study;
- BA degree in humanities or social science; other degrees as appropriate to the field;
- Acceptance into the KU REES MA Program
Palij Ukrainian Studies Award
The Palij Ukrainian Studies Award, established by the Palij Family, offers $75 worth of academic books to the student who exhibits a strong dedication to Ukrainian studies.
Laird Essay Competition
The annual Laird Essay Competition is made possible by the Roy and Betty Laird Fund, named after the late Dr. Roy D. Laird, a longtime member of the Russian and East European Studies (REES) and Political Science faculties, and Ms. Betty Laird, whose support makes this prize possible. Recipients of the award receives $750, a book of his/her choice, a certificate, and his/her name on a plaque bearing the names of all previous winners of the competition, which is displayed outside the main CREES office. Winning essays may also be featured on the CREES website.