FRUA Scholarship Program – 2018




The National Board of Directors of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring Countries (FRUA), is pleased to announce that this year we plan to continue our scholarship program for the 2018-2019 academic year for our members. The scholarship program is funded by tax-deductible donations to FRUA.

Two scholarships will be offered: one for a graduating high school senior, one for a continuing post secondary student.

To Download Scholarship Application, 

To obtain the applications you must be an active member of FRUA.  

  • Go into the Member Center at
  • Log in to verify that your family has an active membership
  • Click on the Member Resources tab
  • Click on the Scholarships sub-tab
  • That will give you two links, one for high school seniors, one for continuing college students.
  • If your have forgotten your user name or password follow the directions on the login page.
  • If you need further help please contact


Electronic submissions should be made to

Applications will only be processed from students whose families are members in good standing of Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring countries. Students who have previously submitted applications and not won are encouraged to apply again for a continuing post secondary scholarship.

Awards will be announced by the end of May, 2018 and scholarships will be awarded by November, 2018.

This is the eighth year that FRUA has offered student scholarships. We are able to offer scholarships each year based on the availability of two critical resources; financial donations to fund the scholarship program, and the volunteer time of those who serve on the scholarship committee.

The quality of the applicants for FRUA scholarships each year has been amazing. It demonstrates to the world what our children can accomplish and how far they can go with the support of their families and the hope, help and community of FRUA behind their efforts. FRUA salutes all FRUA families for the tremendous effort you put into parenting.


FRUA Memberships Drive

The Family Focus – Digital Edition               
FRUA e-Newsletter supplement to The Family Focus

October 2014
Vol. 1, Issue 1

We are excited to launch the first issue of The Family Focus – Digital Edition.

The Family Focus digital edition and printed journal are membership publications. Our printed journal has more in-depth articles. Our new digital edition is meant to be a quicker read with online links to information.

Thank you for being a part of the FRUA adoption member community. We journey together with our successes and challenges.

FRUA Membership: Hope, Help, and Community

Fall Membership Drive – Special Offer – NOW

This is FRUA membership month! Until November 8th, we are offering a special promotion for those who renew their FRUA memberships for one or three years. Next month, we will focus on National Adoption Month and attachment issues.

Renew through November 8th, and receive a FREE educational course or webinar from Adoption Learning Partners.  

Recent News

FRUA National news update . . . from our Chair.

Follow along with Jan Wondra on her recent trip to Moscow for FRUA. . . FRUA National Board Blog.

FRUA regional chapters recently hosted representatives from several of our children’s birth countries. Events were held in the DC area, Minneapolis and Seattle. . . FRUA regional events.

FRUA advises about its global outreach programs in e-blast (9/5/14). . . FRUA Increases Global Outreach , Global Outreach FAQ.

IN THE NEWS. . . A recent article in The Washington Post noted a pending New York court case involving two minors who are Russian adoptees. FRUA has been asked by members about its position regarding this issue. . . FRUA Issues Position Statement on NY Court Case (10/20/14).

Resource Links

FRUA National & Regional 

World events, and ensuing media attention, can negatively impact our children, and attitudes from others. FRUA developed an education document to help parents and teachers talk with children who may have worries about what is happening in Ukraine and Russia. Our parent-educator tool has been recently updated. Parent-Educator Tool for Ukraine Crisis

We now have ten regional chapters in the U.S. covering all fifty U.S. states, so every FRUA member is now associated with a region based on where they live. Regional Chapters List and Contacts


It is important the voices of our FRUA members are heard with key national adoption leaders. Continuing our mission of awareness building, FRUA is in regular contact with opinion leaders at adoption organizations around the country. National Adoption Policy Groups

Kazakhstan Post-Placement Reports Update

For more information about inter-country adoptions:

  • U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Children’s Issues,

Web links of Interest

As noted below in our disclaimer below, and in The Family Focus printed journal, FRUA does not endorse or recommend resources, but rather provides information about resources. What works for one family may not work for another.

Member Reminders

from FRUA National Board Chairs . . . 

National Board Chair: Please remember to submit your post-placement reports.

Vice Chair: Reach out. You are not alone. Talking with other families who have already made the journey is extremely helpful. This is why I am here, as a parent and a FRUA volunteer.

Education: We are looking forward to celebrating National Adoption Month in November, and focusing on attachment issues, with a members-only live webinar with Deborah Gray. More details to follow.   

Membership: Receive a FREE educational course or webinar from Adoption Learning Partners when you join or renew your FRUA membership by November 8th. Fall Membership Drive – Special Offer

Development: Help support FRUA’s mission. Donate Now

The Family Focus: Our next printed issue of The Family Focus is FRUA’s 20th Anniversary Edition due out in January 2015. Click on The Family Focus Announcement form to learn more about submitting your photos or text for this issue.

Disclaimer: In providing links to non-FRUA sites, FRUA does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information, services or products on these sites. Resources are provided by FRUA members for information purposes only.

FRUA Academic Scholarship Program for Adopted Children


For the fifth year, FRUA is proud to offer a scholarship program. FRUA will offer two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ONE scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who will be pursuing post-secondary education in fall 2013 at an accredited two- or four-year college, trade or technical school. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • ONE scholarship will be awarded to a returning or continuing post-secondary student. Recognizing that most scholarships are for first-year students but education expenses can continue for several years, we will award $1,000 to a student already enrolled in post-secondary education an accredited two or four-year college, trade or technical school.
    "FRUA is delighted to continue its scholarship program," says acting National Board Chair Jan Wondra. "Each year the scholarship committee and National Board are thoroughly impressed by the quality, scholarship, talent, and community-mindedness of the applicants. And we are humbled by the insights these young adults share in their essays. It is such a pleasure to be able to recognize students through our scholarship program."

All applicants must be a FRUA member’s dependent child adopted from Eastern Europe/Eurasia/Caucasus.

Applications must be post-marked by March 23, 2013. The FRUA National Board will announce selected recipients by May 22, 2013.

Click here to apply.

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