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PanHellenic Scholarship Fund nears $100K Goal for 2005
$10K Grants will go to each of 10 students at Oct. 29 University Club of Chicago Gala; Special Guests include Glykeria, NBC's Davlantes to Emcee

08/31/2005

CHICAGO, IL – August 31, 2005   The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is entering an exciting new era. “We've launched our new website, www.panhellenicscholarships.org, which has made our omogenia more aware of this program,” explained Chris P. Tomaras, Foundation Founder and Chairman. “It's also helped generate 6 times the number of applicants as last year, with many truly outstanding scholars and talents.  Our goal of $100,000 means that we'll be awarding more than twice as many $10,000 grants this year,” Tomaras continued,” and we're taking our annual Awards Gala         to an exciting new level by having it at the prestigious University Club of Chicago.  It's as though the Foundation itself is ‘graduating,' and we're all very excited.”  

Donor Opportunities Remain
While the Foundation is closing in on its 2005 goal of a $100,000 Fund, there are still several opportunities open for contributors or organizations to endow a Scholarship with the name of their own choice.  “Every donation is welcome, regardless of the amount,” emphasized Tomaras, “but our $10,000 ‘Named Scholarships' are a unique opportunity to remember a parent or loved one, or create additional awareness and goodwill for one's business or organization.  These donors will also be invited to the pre-Gala VIP Reception where they can meet this year's Grant Recipients and our Special Guests.  I encourage those interested to call me directly at (312) 357-6432 for details on these tax-deductible donations.”

 Unique Scholarship Program
“Unlike programs that offer dozens of small grants, our $10,000 grants often mean the difference between a promising Greek-American's getting a college education or not,” said Tomaras. “Through the generosity of our major donors, and the community at large, we aim to increase the number of recipients from four last year to 10 this year, as well as expand our evaluation criteria to include artistic talent and financial need. The deadline was August 31, and we've received nearly 75 applications this year, from all over the U.S.  Our Evaluation Committee has its work cut out for it!”  

Exciting Gala Planned
The Foundation's 2005 Awards Gala will be held on Saturday evening, Oct. 29, at the University Club of Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and will be emceed by NBC News' Anna Davlantes.  “We're honored to have Greece's legendary Glykeria joining us this year, award-winning TV journalist Anna Davlantes as our Emcee and we'll be announcing appearances by additional world-renowned figures, ensuring that the event will be truly memorable for all those attending,” added Tomaras, “so please save the date.”     

Originally founded as the Pan-Messenian Scholarship Foundation, the Foundation's name was changed in 2003 to reflect the eligibility of all Greek-American high school graduates across the nation.  The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is also listed on www.scholarships.com, the premier student aid website.


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