Scholarships Offered to Greek-American Students Who Can Best Describe the Term “Philotimo”

The Oxi Day Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., is now offering scholarships to five Greek-American students in grades 6-12 who can best describe the difficult-to-translate Greek term “philotimo.”

Philotimo is a Greek noun which is sometimes translated as “love of honor.” However, it is almost impossible to translate the term adequately, since it describes a complex array of what are considered traditional Greek virtues.

The winner of this year’s competition will receive a $2,000 scholarship and an invitation to the Foundation’s black-tie gala in Washington DC on October 24, where the winner will be the guest of honor.

Two second place prizes consisting of $1,000 scholarships, and two third place awards of $500 scholarships will also be given out by the Oxi Day Foundation.

The scholarship’s applicants are asked to watch the Foundation’s video titled “The Greek Secret” on the subject of philotimo at the bottom of this page and answer, in 500 words or less, one of the following questions:

  • What does philotimo mean to you?
  • What are some extraordinary examples of philotimo that you have seen?
  • What are some of the things you can do in your daily life to exhibit philotimo?
  • How can the concept of philotimo improve your life?

Applicants are asked to submit their answers to the Foundation via email at [email protected] by Friday, October 4, 2019.


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