Irina Shekhets Memorial

Sholarship Fund

About Irina Shekhets Memorial Scholarship Fund

Overview and History

The non-profit Irina Shekhets Scholarship Fund (ISMSF was established in January 2011 in honor of Irina Shekhets, who tragically died in 2010 in air crash on the day of her 30th Birthday, and her unlimited thirst for knowledge, to help talented American students to get into college of their dream.
The ISMSF offers scholarships to the most worthy talented first-time undergraduates, who best exemplify Irina’s outstanding and exceptionally bright personality in order that they can be afforded an opportunity and bridge the gap between expenses of college of their dream and financial aid.
The Memorial Scholarship Fund accumulates the money for Scholarships in two essential ways:
- ISMSF accepts donations from individuals and organizations.
- ISMSF organizes charity events, with 100% of all proceeds coming to the Scholarship Fund.

During year of 2011 ISMSF organized several charity events and accepted multiple donations from individuals as well as from organizations. All this gave to the Fund an ability to announce the first scholarship distributions for year of 2012. ISMSF actively continues to organize charity events, most of them are intended to give the participants new skills or help them to get more healthy and productive life. All events are conducted in close cooperation with community organizations, such as Fair Lawn Ambulance Corp.

The Mission Statement

ISMSF is committed to help the best young Americans in order that they can be afforded an opportunity to achieve their higher education goals.

Administrative Structure - Board of Directors/Trustees

ISMSF administered by Board of Directors, which consists of Active Directors Advisory Board Nominating Committee
The structure of the ISMSF for years 2011-2012 is presented below.


Charity events are organizing by board of Trustees with crucial support of Advisory Board activities. The affairs and business of MSISF are managed by a Board of Directors that meets quarterly on the Board meetings. On the meetings the Board reviews and approves last period activities and makes strategic decisions for future Fund activities, approve members of Advisory Board (on as needed basis) and Nominating Committee (annually), makes final decision regarding Scholarship Award recipients. Between the Board meetings the ISMSF Executive Director is in charge of managing the Fund and coordinating activities of Advisory Board and Nominating Committee. Executive Director also is keeping communications and connections with current and potential sponsors. Board members (Directors) are in charge of legal, operational and development activities accordingly. Nominating Committee is responsible for Application review, Candidates and Nominees selection.

ZUMBATHON-2 was as successful as the first one!

Second Zumbathon took place last Sunday, October 23. It helped to reach the goal: after this event it became possible to set the first Scholarship award for year 2012. The Scholarship Application and selection criteria will be published on this site by the end of this year.

Irina would be proud!

Memorial Scholarship Fund together with Fair Lawn ambulance will continue these kind of events.

Irina's Life and Times Memorial Camp

The 2011 Irina's Life and Times Memorial Camping event took place in the "Orfey" resort on weekend of September 30th.

There were 50 attendees from all generations - Irina's friends, her family and family friends.

It was a great time to remember Irina, see her pictures and videos that keep memory of the unique moments of her impressive life.

2011 Memorial Camp pictures


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