The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has revealed that former Greek-American White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is to be honored with its 2018 Paradigm Award.
Priebus, a lawyer and politician who is now president and chief strategist of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, served in President Donald Trump’s administration in the White House between January and July last year.
In a statement from award organizers Priebus is described as “a proud Greek American, supporting Hellenic issues and bringing them much-needed national attention.
“He has been a vocal supporter of U.S.-Greece relations and a strong advocate of Hellenic values such as free speech, freedom of belief, and education”.
Elected as chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2011, Priebus’ tenure saw the party increase its majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives, taking back the Senate and also seeing Trump win the presidency in 2016.
Speaking to organizers, Priebus said: “As a young kid in Wisconsin, I grew up going to Greek Orthodox Church surrounded by a strong, faith-based community. The values I heard from Scripture and witnessed in the actions of that community helped shape me, and taught me what it means to live a life cloaked in faith and guided by principles.”
Previous Paradigm Award winners have included John Calamos, chairman and CEO of Calamos Investments in 2007 and Dr. Thanasis Economou, NASA Senior Planetary Scientist in 2009.
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will present the award at a gala event on June 16.