FRUA ANNOUNCES WINNERS

OF THE 2017 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

 

The National Board of Directors of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring Countries (FRUA), is pleased to announce this year's winners of FRUA scholarshiPs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

The scholarship program is funded by tax-deductible donations to FRUA. FRUA's abilty to continue the scholarship program is entirely dependant upon the donations it receives.

 

 

WINNER OF THE DINA BROWN SCHOLARSHIP

FOR A GRADUATING SENIOR:  JOHN CLUGG

 

Winner of the $1250 FRUA Dina Brown Scholarship for a Graduating Senior, is John Ruslan Clugg, son of David and Amy Clugg of Elmhurst, Illinois. Born in Russia and adopted in 2000, John plans to attend the University of Tennessee, doing research and becoming a teacher.

 

“I spent the first year of my life in one of the poorest orphanages in Russia. Though it goes unnoticed, my international adoption background is very important to me.”

 

WINNER OF THE FRUA CONTINUING

POST SECONDRY SCHOLARSHIP: YURI HARDIN

 

The FRUA Continuing Post Secondary scholarship of $750 is awarded to Yuri Hardin, of St. Charles, Missouri. The son of William and Barbara Hall adopted in 2000 from Ukraine, Yuri attends Brigham young University majoring in finance.

 

"Over the years, FRUA has helped me keep Ukraine a part of my life,” says Hardin.

 

 

This year, FRUA has chosen to award two honorary scholarship awards of $250 each to two graduating seniors, Jake Dehetre and Callie Hoppenhauer, for overcoming significant challenges to achieve success.

 

 

Hoppenhauer is the daughter of Mike and Denise Hoppenhauer of Greer, South Carolina. Born in Russia and adopted in 2000, she overcame significant complications from a unilateral cleft lip and palate, learning to speak only after her cleft palate was repaired and recovering from nine surgeries as she grew. She plans to attend Greenville Tech.

 

Dehetre is the son of David and Paula Dehetre of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Adopted in 1999 from Siberia, Russia, he became an award-winning track and cross country star after overcoming early neglect that left him almost unable to walk. He plans to major in history.

 

FRUA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible. The Scholarship committee led by FRUA National Secretary Ann McCrystal are all volunteers.

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