NEW YORK – In its fourteenth year celebrating the academic achievements of young leaders within the Greek-American community, Faith will once again award merit-based scholarships to graduating high school seniors through its 2018 “Faith Scholarships for Academic Excellence” program. The application, along with criteria and instructions, is available at: thefaithendowment.org/scholarships. Submissions must be postmarked by June 15.
Recipients of the Faith Scholarship join a network of more than 300 young people whose achievements include graduating at the top of their class, maintaining an “A” GPA while enrolled in several Honors and AP courses, scoring within the 90th percentile on the SAT and ACT and attending universities across the nation to pursue a diverse range of career paths including Neuroscience, Education, Government and Aerospace Engineering.
Faith Scholars not only display the scholarly intellect lauded by their Hellenic ancestors, but they are also noted leaders in their churches, communities and schools and are known by mentors and teachers for their strong spirit of community service and good citizenship in line with their Greek Orthodox Christian values.
On January 5, many of these accomplished young leaders enjoyed the special opportunity to connect with one another and meet Founder Dr. P. Roy Vagelos at the second annual Faith Scholars Luncheon in New York City. Dr. Vagelos hosted the event to celebrate past and present scholarship recipients, discuss how their heritage has influenced their academic pursuits and civic-mindedness and build the network of young leaders inspired by the Faith Founders’ example of philanthropy and leadership.
“The Faith Scholarship for Academic Excellence provides a network of other awardees with whom I can collaborate professionally. Achievement of this goal strengthens the reputation and prominence of the Hellenic community and serves as an example to its younger generation. Personal success in this area allows me to follow the long line of Greek-American philanthropists who have supported the Church and the broader society,” said Loukas Carayannopoulos, a 2017 Faith Scholar and Nuclear Engineering major at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who attended the luncheon.
Dr. Vagelos, who is also the Scholarship Review Committee Chair, spoke on behalf of the Faith Founders, saying that “the founders of Faith are proud to support this important initiative to inspire the best and brightest young people to become future leaders within our community and their professional fields. Furthermore, a background in STEM subjects will be critical for obtaining graduate training and jobs in science, technology and engineering in the future. Our nation needs, and will need, people well-trained in these fields in order to remain globally competitive.”