Awards & Scholarships

Institute on Russia's Award for Excellence in Russian Studies

The USF Institute on Russia has a principal goal of enhancing students' knowledge about Russia. That is why the Institute involves students in all of its activities and events and encourages them to take a broad range of courses related to Russia.

To that end the Institute has created a special award of $500 for a student who has an outstanding record in those courses together with significant engagement with things Russian. The USF Institute on Russia offers multiple awatds annually.

Here are the guidelines for the award:

  • At least 3 semesters of Russian Language or the equivalent
  • 4 courses at the 3000 or 4000 level related to Russia and/or Eastern Europe in either History, SIGS, or World Languages
  • 3.5 GPA or better in all courses
  • 1 paragraph on what you learned in your courses related to Russia plus one paragraph on what you will do with the money and/or future plans.

Graduate students will be considered for a separate award. Those applying should demonstrate commitment to Russian studies through relevant coursework and activities.

Contact Information:

To apply, email the above materials in one document to Victor Peppard at

2021 award winners: 

Nataliya Kuzmin recently graduated from USF after earning two degrees, one in Psychology and another in World Languages, with a concentration in Russian. Nataliya was born in Ukrainian and grew up speaking Russian. She chose to study the language at USF because she wanted to improve her reading and writing. Her goal is to be proficient enough to transcribe her grandmother's old recipes and read her mother's favorite Russian classics. Throughout her undergraduate years, Nataliya served on the executive board of the Russian club in various capacities. In her last semester, Nataliya worked as the president of the organization leading a myriad of events. Her favorite event hosted by the Russian Language and Culture Association is the yearly celebration of the Maslenitsa.


James Greene graduated from USF in Spring 2021 with a B.A. in World Languages (Russian) and History. At the undergraduate level, he was able to utilize the resources in both major departments, as well as the extracurricular enrichment provided by the Institute on Russia, to open previously unknown academic and career paths. He is currently enrolled in the History M.A. program at USF where he hopes to further study Freemasonry and its impact upon Russian history, literature, society, and contemporary politics.