PanHellenic Scholarship applications for 2016-2017 are now available, as foundation continues to look to the future.
PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation: build a better America
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has always had its eyes on the future. Their goal has long been to “build a better America through Education and Hellenism”. The PanHellenic Scholarship program has already made a tremendous contribution to the future of our society. Recently, the foundation has announced the availability of scholarships for 2016-2017. Additionally, this summer they announced initiatives that will allow the organization to have an even greater impact on future generations.
A proud legacy
Since 1998, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has helped exceptional Greek American undergraduates to achieve their academic and career aspirations. Founded by the late Chris P. Tomaras, the foundation has advocated for higher education and celebrated scholastic achievement through its signature scholarship program. Each year, they award $250,000 in annual scholarships, the largest amount awarded to undergraduates of Hellenic descent by any public foundation in the United States. To date, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF) has awarded $2.5 million in scholarships to 366 Greek-American students.
The foundation will award Twenty (20) awards of $10,000 each based on academic merit and financial need, and Twenty (20) awards of $2,500 each based solely on academic achievement. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2017.
At this year’s sold-out gala, Chairman Robert A. Buhler spoke about the future of the foundation, and outlined the board’s four initiatives for growth. Their plans will further assist them in their quest to “build a better America through education and Hellenism”. These initiatives will facilitate additional opportunities for students as well as a pathway for past recipients to share their knowledge, network, and even mentor future recipients and give back.
1) Internships and Jobs
After undergraduates receive their scholarships, PHSF will work to provide access to internships and full-time job opportunities. They’re actively seeking partnerships with corporate, higher education, and service entities interested in tapping into their now-extensive scholar-talent pool to offer internships and permanent employment. PHSF will facilitate connections between scholarship recipients and interested employers.
2) Junior Board and PanHellenic Honors Society
The foundation will connect and engage all 366 scholarship recipients with each other through the newly-developed Junior Board. When students receive their awards, they are automatically inducted into the PanHellenic Honors Society. The Junior Board will lead the Honors Society to facilitate networking, mentorship, and opportunities to “give back” to the PHSF.
3) Regional Board Members
The foundation is actively recruiting regional board representatives. These individuals will facilitate information sessions and events to promote the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s mission in different regions across the country.
4) Scholarship Partnerships
PHSF seeks to partner and co-brand with other entities that support Hellenic educational initiatives and choose to use the PHSF’s established award selection process. Aligning the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation with other exceptional brands is an efficient and meaningful way to support young scholars, while adhering to the foundation’s high standards.
The 2017 Awards Ceremony and Gala will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago.