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2017 FAITH Scholarship for Academic Excellence Application Now Available

NEW YORK The 2017 FAITH Scholarship for Academic Excellence application period has opened. “FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism” sponsors a series of merit-based scholarships for high school seniors entering college in the fall through this prestigious scholarship series. In the past, awards have ranged from $1,000 to $20,000 in value. The application, along with applicant criteria and instructions, can be downloaded from the FAITH website at: All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2017. Scholarship winners will be announced August 2017. Applicants are encouraged to follow for timeline updates.

In addition, applicants majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are eligible to receive support for all four years of their undergraduate studies through the “FAITH Scholarship for Excellence in STEM.” To renew the award, students must major in a STEM field, maintain a 3.6 minimum GPA and continue to actively participate in organizations related to the Greek and Hellenic Orthodox community throughout their college career.

“The Founders of FAITH are proud to support this important initiative to inspire the best and brightest young people to become future leaders within our community and their professional fields,” said Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, FAITH Founder and Scholarship Review Committee Chair.

Since 2004, FAITH has funded over 235 merit-based scholarships to some of the brightest young members in the Greek and Hellenic American community who rank within the top of their class. FAITH Scholars represent all Metropolises across the nation and enroll in universities ranging from UCLA to Columbia University to pursue a diverse set of career paths including Neuroscience, Education, Government and Aerospace Engineering. These exceptional young people have played, and continue to play, an integral role inside and outside the classroom as leaders in their churches, communities and schools and garner high recommendation and praise from their mentors and teachers for displaying the scholarly intellect lauded by their Hellenic ancestors and a strong spirit of community service and good citizenship in line with their Greek Orthodox Christian values.

Demetri Maxim, a two-time first place winner at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, was awarded one of the FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence in STEM in 2016 and said, “Being able to attend Stanford is something that wouldn’t be possible without FAITH. I greatly appreciate FAITH’s generosity in making this possible.” Maxim is majoring in biology at Stanford University.

 “I know the core mission of the FAITH Endowment is to promote an understanding of the Greek Orthodox faith and Hellenism. I am honored to be seen as a promising young leader in my community and will strive to continue to fulfill my responsibility in this endeavor as I enter my college years and after,” said Eleni Kohalikis, a 2016 recipient of the FAITH Scholarship and student at Cornell University.
FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2004, following a call by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America citing the need for an endowment to support significant educational and cultural initiatives in Orthodoxy and Hellenism.
Through this scholarship program, FAITH celebrates excellence in education for the future generations of the community while promoting Hellenism and supporting the Greek Orthodox faith. For more information, please visit



Past and present recipients of the FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence were celebrated at the luncheon hosted last January by Dr. Vagelos at Estiatorio Milos in New York City. The scholarship recipients met with Dr. Vagelos, and shared their career and academic goals with fellow scholars.

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