News Release: The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s Awards Gala & Alumni Weekend

News Release on Behalf of The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation



Chicago, IL – The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation celebrated its annual Alumni Weekendfrom June 14 – June 16, 2019, culminating with the2019 Awards Ceremony & Gala on Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Foundation awarded 40 exceptional students from all over the U.S. $250,000 in scholarships – two of which were awarded the Georgia Sfondouris Mitchell Music & Arts Scholarship.

Over 600 guests enjoying Mylos Entertainment of New York at the PanHellenic’s Awards Ceremony & Gala, at the Hilton Chicago (Photo
Credit: Elios Photography).

This year’s Alumni Weekend began with a Welcome Reception Friday evening with Corporate Sponsors, Holland & Knight and College Year in Athens. Additionally, on Saturday, The Hellenic Initiative sponsored the 3rd Annual Mentorship Luncheon where recipients had the exclusive opportunity to gain career insight from fourteen exceptional mentors, and listen to a keynote adress given by world renown physicist, Dr. Maria Spiropulu.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Maria Spiropulu addressing attendees at the 2019 Mentorship Luncheon sponsored by The Hellenic Initiative
(Photo Credit: Elios Photography).
2019 Paradigm Award Recipient Matina Kolokotronis at the Awards Ceremony (Photo Credit: Elios Photography).

At the Gala, the PanHellenic also honored the success and accomplishments of its 2019 Paradigm Award Honoree, Matina Kolokotronis. Kolokotronis serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Sacramento Kings. Bringing decades of experience in sports and government law, community affairs and contract negotiations, Kolokotronis’ leadership has been integral to the development of the award winning Golden 1 Center. The Paradigm Award is given annually to a distinguished Greek American whose career and accomplishments are a testimony to the Foundation’s mission and who the scholars can strive to emulate.

Presentation of the 2019 Paradigm Award. (Left to Right) Trustee Robert Buhler, Paradigm Award Recipient Matina Kolokotronis, Trustees Tom Sotos and John Manos (Photo Credit: Elios Photography).

We thank our 2019 Emcees, Christina Moniodis and Tim Gianitsos, our Trustees, Board of Directors, Academic Committee, Board of Advisors, Alumni Board, and all of our generous donors and supporters. Special thanks to Kiki Vale, Mylos Entertainment, the National Hellenic Student Association, and ANT1 Satellite.

About the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

Dedicated to promoting education and leadership, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation recognizes and honors exceptional undergraduate students of Hellenic descent, supporting their efforts with significant monetary awards based on academic merit and financial need. Annually, the Foundation provides $250,000 in scholarships, to 40 of the best Greek American undergraduates in the nation. Applicants come from nearly all 50 states, and a total of 20 received the need-based $10,000 award, 2 of which are specifically dedicated to the music and arts, while 20 received the merit-based $2,500 award.

Scholarship awards are offered annually to recognize and reward students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance, as well as to provide meaningful support to those with financial need. By recognizing the achievements of outstanding students, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation encourages the Hellenic students to continue their scholarly pursuit and strive to accomplish their highest goals. To date the Foundation has awarded $3.25+ million to 500+ outstanding Greek American undergraduates.

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