PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Awards $250,000 to Forty Future Leaders

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation transformed its annual Gala into a virtual gathering on June 13 this year to celebrate the awarding of forty scholarships to students of Hellenic descent.

The event, streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, included videos from 2020 scholarship recipients, as well as PHSF donors, board members and supporters.

“Despite these difficult times, I am pleased to report that the PanHellenic Board of Directors unanimously voted to move forward with awarding $250,000 in scholarships, as well as properly honoring our 2020 Scholars with a virtual PanHellenic Weekend,” Chairman of the Board of Directors, Robert A. Buhler said.

Chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s Board of Directors, Robert A. Buhler. Photo courtesy PHSF

The virtual awards gala kicked off with an introduction by the emcee, WFLD Sports Anchor Lou Canellis, and a blessing by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

“The PHSF has been on a relentless mission these last 18 years … while it’s true that we’ve traditionally gathered together live in big ballrooms to honor our scholars, today, given the unique challenges of our time, we have to show our appreciation and love in a different way,” Canellis said.

“You don’t have to be Greek to appreciate these ideals: philotimo, excellence, civic responsibility and the pursuit of knowledge.”

Founded in 2002 by successful Greek-American businessman and philanthropist Chris Tomaras, the foundation has provided over 500 scholarships to Greek-American students during the past 18 years.

Greek-American businessman and philanthropist Chris Tomaras. Photo courtesy PHSF

The purpose of the foundation, according to its mission statement, is… “to promote education by providing scholarships and educational programs to Greek American college students who, guided by the values of their Hellenic upbringing, have the potential to become life-long significant achievers and contribute meaningfully to society.”

Each year, the foundation awards $250,000 in scholarships. The monies are distributed among students throughout the country. In 2020, eight were granted to students from the midwest, 25 from the northeast, five from the south, and two from the west.

PanHellenic Scholars for the Year 2020

Angelica Alexopoulos – Biology, Oakland University

Constantine Athanitis – Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Flora Boardman – Political Science, Fordham University

Marios Bourtzonis – Economics Computer Science, Trinity College

Kyriakos Chatzis – Biology/Pre-Med, Stevens Institute of Technology

Nicholas Chatzitsakos – Performance Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music

George Dalianis – Government, Harvard University

Katerina Dorian – Political Science & Global Studies, University of Virginia

Christo Fosse – Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Xavier University

Peter Georginis – Business Administration, University of Michigan

Vassi Gianitsos – Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin

Nicholas Ioannou – Radio, Film & Television, Rowan University

Maria Kalogeromitros – Biology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ioanna Karageorge – Environmental Analysis & Policy, Boston University

Alexia Kovatsis – Elementary Education Applied Psychology & Human Development, Boston College

Dimitrios Kyridis – Organismal Biology, Barton College

Sophia Kyrou – Political Science & Human Rights, Trinity College

Eleftheria Lambropoulos – Engineering, Harvard College

Maria Lysandrou – Neuroscience, University of Chicago

Matthew Macrides – Honors Accounting & Information Systems, The Ohio State

Joanna Maniadaki – Clinical Diagnostic Sciences, Oakland University

Panagiota Megagiannis – Biology Pre-Med, Long Island University

Alexandra Nichols – Piano Performance Violin Performance, Rhode Island College

Irene Pantekidis – Biology Child Studies & Human Development, Tufts University

Katerina Papanikolopoulos – Art History, University of California

Mauretta Patitsas – Marketing, The Ohio State University

Evangelia Pelidis – Biology, Seton Hall University

Timothy Proctor – English & Philosophy, Drew University

Ilia Qato – Astronomy & Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christoforos Panagiotis Sassaris – English Literature, West Chester University

Jason Souvaliotis – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Giorgos Stylianou – Economics, Philosophy, Indiana University Bloomington

Yiorgos Takoudis – Finance Management, University of Miami

Ekaterini Tsampas – Mathematics Teacher Education, Adelphi University

Demetrios Tsitsios – Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

John Tsortos – Chemical Engineering, University of California Berkeley

Alexa Vaghenas – Psychology, Yale University

Ioannis Vandris – Political Science, Columbia University

Aristotle Vainikos – Joint Major Government and Computer Science, Harvard University

Dionisia Vassos – Pharmacy, Butler University