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PanHellenic Scholarship Fund in $200,000 Drive for 2007
Investment Guru John P. Calamos, Sr. to Receive Foundation's

07/16/2007

 

Chicago, Illinois - Responding to an exponential increase in applications from exceptional Greek-American students in recent years, and after awarding a record $140,000 in Grants last year, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF) is turning for support to everyone who can agree with its guiding proposition: America needs leaders who represent the eternal values of Hellenism more than ever before.  "Helping to Build the Brightest of Futures for Hellenism in America, is more than the Foundation's slogan," stressed its Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chris P. Tomaras. "It's the only reason we exist."

 

$200,000 in Scholarships this Year

While praising programs that choose to award numerous but smaller scholarships, the Chairman of the PHSF's Advisory Board, John Apostolou, feels the PanHellenic is playing a unique role within the U.S. Greek-American community. "With the astronomic cost of a quality college education today, a $10,000 scholarship is a significant amount to a promising Greek-American student. So we are counting on the generosity of our major donors, and the community at large, to allow us to maintain the amount of these Grants and increase the number of recipients proving both financial need and high academic achievement this year."  The deadline for applications is August 31; the form can be downloaded from the Foundation's website at www.panhellenicscholarships.org.

 

Unique Opportunity to Name Grants

The PHSF continues to offer potential donors the opportunity to donate a Scholarship bearing a name of their own choice, and even present it at the Foundation's annual Awards Gala.  "Our $10,000 'Named Scholarships' are a unique opportunity to be offered in memory of a parent or loved one, or create additional awareness and goodwill for one's business," said Tomaras. "With the special benefits that are included, and the donation being tax deductible, I encourage those interested to call me directly for further details.  But every donation is welcome, regardless of the amount; contributions can be made online or mailed to our office."

 

2007 "Paradigm Award" Recipient Revealed

Tomaras also announced that world-renowned investment expert John P. Calamos, Sr. will receive the Foundation's 2007 "Paradigm Award," following U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis and U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes in 2005 and Drexel University president Dr. Constantine Papadakis in 2006. "The Foundation's 'Paradigm Award' has thus far recognized the exemplary careers of Greek-Americans in both public service and in higher education," explained Tomaras, “and the need to see Hellenism's values in today's business world is no less important.  Everyone connected with our Foundation is honored that John has agreed to receive this unique distinction at our Awards Gala this year."

 

Calamos knows the difference that going to college can make.  In a commencement address this year, he told the graduates: "I was the first in my family to graduate from college. In those days, very few around me even considered college. For me, going to college was that dramatic change in direction that transformed who I was and who I would become.  My college experience and college degree transformed my thinking and my perspective on the world."

 

Calamos is chairman, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of the firm he founded in 1977, which he took public as Calamos Asset Management in 2004.  Today, Calamos manages more than $43 billion for institutional and individual investors in the U.S. and around the world through mutual funds and other types of accounts.  He is the author of several books, his firm has won 30 awards for mutual fund performance excellence over the years, and he is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies in Barron's, Fortune, Forbes, Pensions & Investments, Financial World, Nation's Business, The Wall Street Journal and on cable-TV's CNBC and Bloomberg Forum.

 

Annual PHSF Gala Set for Cathedral Hall at the University Club of Chicago

 

The Foundation's annual Awards Gala will be held on Saturday evening, Nov. 3, 2007 in majestic Cathedral Hall at the University Club of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. "In addition to hearing from our nation's best and brightest Greek-American students, and John Calamos, we'll soon be announcing appearances by several more world-renowned figures, ensuring that the event will be even more memorable for those attending," promised Tomaras.  "So for now, please save the date."

 

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The PanHellenic Scholarship Awards are available to all U.S. high school graduates and university Greek-American students. The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has been accepted for listing on www.scholarships.com, the premier student aid website.


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