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PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Gives Record $40,000 to 4 Outstanding Scholars
Giordano's Restaurants/Apostolou Family Scholarship, Mike P. Tomaras Memorial Scholarship, among those Presented at Awards Banquet


CHICAGO, IL  Oct. 22, 2004 Capping a first year as the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF), its four finalists each received not only a $10,000 check, but an outpouring of support as well: from the Hellenic Republic, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, Cook County Treasurer, leaders of Chicago's Greek organizations, and contributors to the PHSF's 2004 Scholarship Fund. The Awards were presented by the PHSF's Founder, Chairman & CEO Chris P. Tomaras, and Dr. George Alexopoulos, Chairman of the 2004 PHSF Academic Committee, who selected the four winners, before a capacity crowd at the Foundation's Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, Oct. 21, at the Rosewood Banquets near Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

The four winners were: Renee Stephanie Kleris of Atlanta, GA, attending Emory University; Samantha Ann Papadakis of Deerfield, IL, attending Harvard University; Konstantinos Papadopoulos of Centerville, OH, attending Miami University; and Danae K. Roumis of Stoughton, MA, attending the University of Chicago. 

"This is the first year that the Foundation offered potential donors the opportunity to endow a Scholarship bearing the name of their own choice, and we are grateful to the John and Eva Apostolou family and Chris Tomaras for doing so", said Dr. Alexopoulos in his presentation. During his remarks Tomaras thanked the Foundation's many other contributors, including the Steve and Sofia Balourdos family and the Apostolou family who underwrote the Banquet expenses. Every donation is equally welcome, and equally appreciated, regardless of the amount,” Tomaras continued. With the end of the tax year approaching, I encourage everyone to consider the PHSF in their giving plans. Offering our Grants in the amount of $10,000 each means we are always in need of donors.

Originally founded in 1998 as the Pan-Messenian Scholarship Foundation, its name was changed to PanHellenic in 2003 to reflect the eligibility of all Greek-American high school graduates across the U.S. It has now awarded a total of 16 scholarships and has been accepted by, the internet's premier student-aid site.