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PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Launches
$10K Grants to be awarded to each of 10 students; Application deadline is Aug. 31

08/09/2004

CHICAGO, IL - August 9, 2004   "Furthering our stated goal of building 'the best of futures for Hellenism in America,' the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is entering a new era," announced Foundation Founder and Chairman Chris P. Tomaras.  "We've launched a new website, www.panhellenicscholarships.org, set a goal of $100,000 so that we can award more than twice as many $10,000 grants as last year, and we're taking our annual Awards Gala to an exciting new level.  It's as though the Foundation itself is 'graduating,' and we're all very excited."    

"Unlike programs that offer dozens of small grants, our $10,000 grants often mean the difference between a promising Greek-American teenager getting a college education or not," continued Tomaras.  "Through the generosity of our major donors, and the community at large, we are able this year to increase the number of recipients from four last year to 10, as well as expand our evaluation criteria to include artistic talent and financial need."  The deadline for applications is August 31; the form can be downloaded from the Foundation's new website. 

The Foundation will continue to offer potential donors the opportunity to provide a Scholarship with the name of their own choice.  "Every donation is welcome, regardless of the amount," continued 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.  With the end of the tax year approaching, I encourage those interested to call me directly for details on these tax-deductible donations."

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'll be announcing appearances by some world-renowned figures, ensuring that the event will be truly memorable for those attending," added Tomaras. "Please save the date."     

Originally founded as the Pan-Messinian 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 has been accepted for listing on www.scholarships.com, the premier student aid website.


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