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You can help CREES with your generous support. Many of our activities are enhanced through private donations to the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Special events, renowned lecturers, scholarships and study abroad opportunities are just some of the ways your donations can help us to maintain our Center's vibrancy.

How to Give

If you would like to make a contribution, you may send a check payable to University of Kansas, CREES to the following address: CREES, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 318, Lawrence KS 66045-7574.

Alternatively, you may make an online donation through the KU Endowment:

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A Few Examples of the Generous Support CREES Receives




Dr. and Mrs. Michael Palij are shown here with Mr. Gene Fishel, the 2007 Palij lecturer, and Erik Herron and Alex Tsiovkh. Their donation sponsors the annual Palij lecture, which enhances KU's Ukrainian program.






Mark Willcoxon, Erik Herron and Jack Hope try out the custom-made library table, acquired by a donation from the Bramlage Family. The table has deeply enhanced the Center's library which features the Stammler collection.







Roy and Betty Laird established a fund to recognize one student each year for the best REES essay. The spring 2013 winner was Vincent Artman who is shown here receiving the award from Mrs. Betty Laird. Learn more about the Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Contest and read winning essays from past winners.





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 Oswald P. Backus/Cienciała Memorial Fund for visiting lecturers in Polish Studies, the Bramlage Family Foundation Fund, which provides scholarships to KU REES MA students who have strong connections to the state of Kansas, and the Norman E. Saul Fund. Named after KU History Emeritus Professor Norman E. Saul, the Saul fund supports REES students with travel grants to collections or to REES-related conferences for professional development.

Palij Family Fund

The Palij Family Fund supports visiting lecturers 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 twofold: 1) to support the development of KU's South Slavic library collection; 2) to provide awards to outstanding students who have demonstrated an interest in the study of Croatian or Serbian history, literature, folklore, or culture.

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.

Jarosewycz Family Fund

The Jarosewycz Family Fund provides scholarships for graduate students who have shown commitment and scholarly interest in Ukraine and Ukrainian Studies.

Alexander Tsiovkh Memorial Fund

The fund is named after the late Dr. Alexander Tsiovkh, a longtime professor of Ukrainian Studies at University of Kansas. Monies donated to this fund are used to support students studying Ukrainian Area Studies in the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at KU

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.

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Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
318 Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
Phone: 785-864-4236
Fax: 785-864-3800


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