John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship Award

2023 Scholarship Recipients

Nicolas Bozinov

Natasha Denkovski

Nicolas Bozinov is a second-generation Canadian-Macedonian born in Markham, Ontario. Both sides of his ancestry come from Macedonian roots. Nicolas is in his first year at York University studying Applied Mathematics. However, it took a lot of work for him to get here. He has put much effort and dedication into preparing for his future studies. Nicolas displays confidence in his ability to handle things that seem difficult. Nicolas’ goal is to improve his problem-solving skills through Mathematics and assist others with ways to think about challenging problems.

The Bitove Scholarship is the key that unlocks the door to my dreams, turning aspirations into tangible opportunities. I hope this motivates Macedonians to pursue their passion because if I can do it, they can too.

Angelina Ilijevski

Kristina Dimitrievski

Angelina is a current undergraduate student studying Computer Science at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. Along with being closely connected to her church and Macedonian community, she is also very academically driven and has an innate passion for solving challenging problems in the technology industry. During the summers, she devotes her time and energy to developing technology at Amazon as a software developer full-time. Throughout the school year, she balances this role part-time along with taking the lead as an experienced IOS developer, quant developer, and mobile app developer in a variety of on-campus clubs. In her freetime, she participates in global hackathons and has been recognized as a winning finalist in a few thus far, one of which had received written publications from IBM and the University of Michigan. Angelina is inspired to continue seeking opportunities for engagement and academic growth within her field.

As a result of receiving the Bitove Scholarship, I am inspired to devote more attention to my studies, as I will be able to use this payment to cover my tuition expenses without being concerned about having to fulfill additional roles to satisfy my school payments for this upcoming academic year.”

Joshua Janevski

Alexander Karapancev

Joshua Janevski is a first generation born Canadian, where he grew up surrounded by his Macedonian immigrant family in Toronto. His cultural heritage is deeply rooted within him and he carries it with immense pride. Joshua has always had a passion for science, which started at a young age. This has now translated into his academic career where he is studying Human Biology and Immunology at the University of Toronto. Taking his interest in medical science a step further, Joshua currently holds a Research Assistant role at St. Michael’s hospital where he investigates the effects of a novel drug in reducing inflammation seen within Atopic Dermatitis. This role has shown Joshua the impact scientific innovations can have on general healthcare, but also down to an individual level. Joshua also enjoys getting involved with his community, both in the academic setting and in his hometown. At the University of Toronto, Joshua currently holds the position of Vice-President of the Immunology Student Association (IMMSA).

Joshua also is a tutor and assists students in science, mathematics and French language, as he completed a French Immersion academic program where he received a bilingual recognition. Additionally, he has swam competitively with the Pickering Swim Club where he was able to value the meaning of a team and the autonomy of an athlete. Joshua plans to use this scholarship towards his education and future endeavours, and applauds the Bitove Foundation and Nova Generation for creating this valuable opportunity for Macedonian students to achieve their ambitions and successes.

This scholarship is a deeply meaningful validation of my dedication and achievements. It affirms that my hard work has been recognized and provides me with the opportunity to further excel and contribute to my academic and personal growth.”

Eva Kiparizoska

Wouter Germans

Eva Kiparizoska was born in Struga, Macedonia, and moved to Mississippi in 2002 with her mother, father, and older sister. In August 2023, Eva began her first year of medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine in Jackson, MS, USA. She completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, USA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry with minors in Biology and Spanish. During her time at Ole Miss, she was a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and served as the president of the Ole Miss chapter of Hearts for Homeless, among other involvements. She also holds memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Societies. 

In her free time, Eva enjoys playing tennis, painting, reading, playing the piano, and traveling around the world. Most recently, she spent the summer of 2023 in Struga and Ohrid, where she visited her extended family and achieved an open water scuba diving certificate through the Amfora diving center in Ohrid, Macedonia. 

Her determination to promote cultural diversity and strengthen the healthcare system is evident in her aspirations. As a recipient of the Nova Generation Bitove Scholarship, she believes it will greatly assist her in pursuing these goals throughout her future career as a physician.

I am forever proud to be a first-generation Macedonian living in rural Mississippi. My Macedonian roots are very strong, and I cannot wait to share our rich culture with future generations. As a recipient of the Nova Generation Bitove Scholarship, I believe it will greatly assist me in pursuing these goals throughout my future career as a physician. 

Angelina Maleska

Wouter Germans

Born and raised in New Jersey, Angelina Maleska is a first-generation American. Her Macedonian heritage comes from her father’s side. Currently, she is a second-year law student at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana and is pursuing a certificate in International and Comparative Law. At Tulane, Angelina is involved as a member of the Tulane Law Review, student attorney of the Legislative & Administrative Advocacy Clinic, Vice President of the International Law Society, and Treasurer of the First-Generation Law Student Association. Prior to law school, Angelina earned her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Upon graduating, she remained in Washington, DC and worked as a paralegal on international trade remedy matters.

In addition to speaking Macedonian, Angelina speaks Polish, which she learned from her mother. Growing up, she stayed highly involved in her local Macedonian folk-dance group, Macedonian church, Polish church, and respective language schools. In her free time, Angelina enjoys listening to podcasts and exploring art galleries.

I am deeply grateful to the Bitove Foundation and Nova Generation for carving out a space where Macedonian students feel empowered to pursue their lifelong dreams. With the support of those in our community, we are capable of reassuring the next generation that through hard work, determination, and strong values, success can be achieved.

Sofia Elisabeth Ouslis

Wouter Germans

Sofia Elisabeth Ouslis is a proud grandchild of Fania and Elo, who grew up in the Lerin region of Macedonia before immigrating to Canada. Spreading her culture, language, and pride throughout her community and experiences is something Sofia is passionate about and plans to integrate into her future career and goals. As Sofia completes her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, she is the President of her faculty, Social Science, as well as a mentor for all undergraduates and a research assistant completing a Thesis in the Department of Political Science. Sofia plans to incorporate both her passion for entrepreneurship and public policy to impact her community both in Canada and back home in Macedonia.

This scholarship and everything it stands for is a testament to the Macedonian spirit and perseverance. I am honoured to have been selected to represent the Nova Generation and the generosity of the Bitove family and foundation. I want to extend my gratitude to the organization and the individuals who make this scholarship possible and equip Macedonian intellectuals with the tools to pursue further education and reach their highest potential.

Nikola Saragil

Wouter Germans

Nikola is a second generation Macedonian born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is attending his first year at the University of Guelph in the Gordon Lang School of Business program.

Nikola is an active member of the Macedonian-Canadian community in Toronto. He is an alumni of the Macedonian Folklore Ensemble Makedonka. He also has a passion for sports and physical fitness. He played competitive Basketball for Mumba Basketball and won the LOSSA Championship for Rugby in his final year of High School. Nikola is looking forward to pursuing sports in University while working hard to achieve his academic success.

I am very grateful to receive this scholarship in pursuit of my academic goals and in honour of  Mr. John L. N. Bitove. It is an honour and privilege to be recognized by the Nova Generation Bitove Scholarship. Thank you for supporting Macedonian students.

Kristijan Stojanovski 

Wouter Germans

Kristijan Stojanovski is an Economics student at the Ljubljana, Slovenia, Faculty of Economics and Business. He is committed to using his academic knowledge for the advancement of his homeland, as a proud Macedonian. He was honored with the 2023 Nova Generation Scholarship, an accolade he considers pivotal in advancing his dual ambitions of contributing to the field of economics and making a meaningful social impact.

Receiving the Nova Generation John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship is both an honor and a responsibility. It fuels my aspirations and recognizes the value of preserving and promoting cultural heritage.

Elena Temelkova

Wouter Germans

Elena Temelkova was born in Toronto to Macedonian parents from Veles and Selo Omorani. Her father came to Canada at age 23 with a duffel bag of clothes and no family but has managed to create a successful life in Canada while still giving back to Makedonija. The determination and work ethic of her parents has motivated her to push for greatness.

Elena holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto specializing in forensic psychology and biology. She graduated with high distinction in 2021. She is currently pursuing a master of arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She plans to work as a psychotherapist working with Balkan youth and adolescents while tackling her business endeavours on the side. She aspires to break the stigma of mental health in the Macedonian community. Elena is currently working full-time in youth mental health research at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Elena became involved with Generation M as one of their first regional representatives for Mississauga in 2016-2018. She served as the Vice-President of the Macedonian Youth Network Mississauga Branch in 2019. She aspires to reconnect with the Macedonian youth in Mississauga and follow in her father’s footsteps as a patriot for Macedonia.

This scholarship is dear to my heart and I am extremely grateful to have been chosen and represented among other amazing Macedonian youth. I am excited to continue my studies with the help of Nova Generation and build a future my family will be proud of.

Millions of Macedonians before me had to fight fiercely for their identity. It is the resilience of my ancestors that has paved the way for me to be here today. I have the privilege to live out their deepest aspirations by openly and unapologetically embracing my Macedonian heritage.

Naumce Trpeski 

Wouter Germans

Naumce Trpeski is currently completing his Master of Public Health at the University of Waterloo having graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. He is an aspiring dentist and is currently working as a Health Policy Analyst for the Ontario Dental Association where he provides guidance and advisory services to dentists, their staff, and patients on issues relating to legislative and regulatory compliance. Naumce has an extensive history of involvement in Toronto’s Macedonian community. He has been a member of the Macedonian Folklore Ensemble Makedonka for over 10 years, former president of the Association of Macedonian Students at the University of Toronto, and a long-standing member of the Macedonian Youth Network. Naumce extends his sincerest appreciation to the Bitove Foundation and Nova Generation for creating valuable opportunities for Macedonian students and contributing to their communities.

Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me. Not only does it contribute to the Macedonian community, but it also personally motivates me to keep striving in my academic career“.