In 2020 the National Hellenic Society will provide 100 scholarships for college students of Greek descent on shared experience with students from the American College of Greece. Heritage Greece is a cultural and educational immersion that reconnects students to their heritage. In their own words, the students describe the program as “life-changing” in instilling the importance, impact, and breadth of Hellenic heritage.
Eligible student participants must be of Greek descent, aged between 18-26, enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate studies program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 This year’s Heritage Greece Program will take place in two sessions: June 4-21, and July 9-26. The first session will also provide 15 students the opportunity to participate in an internship program aligned with their career path/course of study. Interested student participants should apply online at: https://www.acg.edu/admissions/study-abroad/heritage-greece/ or on the NHS’ website: www.hellenicsociety.org.
NHS believes ‘Heritage’ is a complex word which describes culture, traditions, mores, norms and familiar places. Heritage is something we choose to identify with or discard as being relevant in our lives based on perceptions about ourselves and society. “Is Heritage something that can inspire, draw us together, teach and fulfills us, or is it something to forget and focus on other things that are important to us? Heritage can play an important building block in the future we choose to build,” NHS asks.
NHS strongly believes Hellenic heritage is well worth preserving in vibrant ways and it develops and supports projects that advance NHS’ mission to perpetuate, celebrate and pass on the ‘paradosis’ of Hellenic heritage. NHS does that through programs:
NHS’ Greek Guide to Greatness series was developed and co-produced with National Geographic and made available to 60+ million students on the PBS, NatGeo & Google Classroom Platforms. NHS and NHS members are sponsors of My Greek Table, produced and starring Master Chef Diane Kochilas, in a 13-episodic tour de force of all aspects of the Greek kouzina now in production of Season III for PBS stations nationwide.
“These efforts reach millions. However, making a difference means reaching one person at a time. For the past decade, NHS and the American College of Greece have done just that: it positively impacted the lives of 500+ students through the NHS’ Heritage Greece® Program,” the organization says.
The Heritage Greece Program extends beyond the students’ shared experiences in Greece as they become part of the Heritage Greece Alumni Network. NHS also provides mentorship, internships, and other career advancing assistance as part of its commitment to these extended members of the NHS family.
“Being selected as a Heritage Greece participant is something the students will benefit from throughout their lives,” and according to NHS, its work “has truly just begun –work that will forever change the course of Hellenic heritage in the Americas!”