Applications for Spring 2013 Hellenic Legacy Scholarship now being accepted

The Greek America Foundation is pleased to announce the Hellenic Legacy Scholarship for college students participating in study abroad at DEREE - The American College of Greece in Athens for the 2013 Spring semester which runs from January to April 2013. The scholarship includes the cash equivalent of full tuition for a semester. To date six full-semester scholarships and a full-year post-baccalaureate fellowship have already been awarded.

Greek heritage is not a requirement for winning the scholarship. The Hellenic Legacy Scholarship is open to college students who are studying for a four-year college degree at an institution of higher learning in North America. The Hellenic Legacy Scholarship winner will attend a full semester at DEREE - The American College of Greece in Athens during the 2013 spring semester. Each scholarship from the Greek America Foundation includes full tuition for a semester, valued at $5500. Ideal candidates are independent-minded students who wish to immerse themselves into the heart of an ancient capital city at an educational institution comprised of over 3,000 Greek and international students and who have a demonstrated commitment to their community.

The purpose of the Hellenic Legacy Scholarship is to foster a love for Greece and Hellenism in students who are passionate about making a difference in the world around them. The scholarship aims to accomplish more than making a semester in Greece affordable; it is about how Greece and Hellenic heritage inspires the recipient to transform his or her community.

DEREE - The American College of Greece is the oldest and largest American-sponsored higher education institution in Europe. DEREE provides students with the best of a U.S. education that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). With over 1,000 courses annually, students can select from a wide range of disciplines such as history, the arts, literature, languages, humanities, business and others for their semester-long course of study.

The Greek America Foundation is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and perpetuation of Greek culture, history, heritage, and ideals in contemporary America. Although currently raising money for an endowment with an ultimate goal to send between 50 and 60 students to Greece annually, the Foundation will award scholarships concurrently while building the endowment fund.

The Hellenic Legacy Fund is one of the signature projects of the Greek America Foundation, whose mission is to provide transformative experiences for students in Greece. For information about the Greek America Foundation, to donate to the scholarship fund or to follow our scholars’ journeys in Greece via their own blogs, visit

Click here for the application requirements and coversheet.

Requirements for the Greek America Foundation’s Hellenic Legacy Scholarship:

•Student must be currently enrolled in an accredited four-year U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education.

•Student must be accepted by American College of Greece for a semester abroad. To apply visit

•GPA of 3.0 or better.

•Completed application.

•Additional materials that must accompany application include (a) current transcript, provided by ACG upon authorization (b) resumé, and (c) two letters of recommendation. Materials may come separately but must bear the complete name of the applicant.

•450 word personal statement that answers the following questions: What motivates you to spend a semester in Greece? What do you hope to gain from the experience? How will you make the most of your experience once you are back in the U.S.? What does community mean to you?

•Students will be required to present their experiences in various Greek America Foundation print and digital media (Greek America Magazine, blogs, video and other promotional materials).

The scholarship will cover tuition and excursions for one semester (up to 15 credits) at DEREE- The American College of Greece.

*PLEASE NOTE: This scholarship is available to all university students. However, for students enrolled in one of DEREE’s partner institutions in the United States, the scholarship will be valued at 4,000 Euros and will be applied to DEREE’s comprehensive study abroad fee. Please check with your study abroad office to see if your institution is a DEREE partner.

PLEASE NOTE: Selected applicants will be required to cover their own room and board while in Greece and to take at least two courses (6 credits or more) related to Greece or Hellenism.

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Deadline for scholarship applications and all application materials is December 14, 2012. Students will be notified by mid-January 2013. For more information, or to apply, contact Jenny Kellogg at