NEW YORK – For the eighth consecutive year, FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism will sponsor a series of travel grants this summer to children participating in the Ionian Village Summer Camp program. FAITH provides full and partial scholarships to qualified participants.
The travel grants are primarily need-based financial assistance: however, each applicant’s academic performance will also be weighed into the evaluation review process. Priority will be given to older applicants and previous scholarship recipients are not eligible.
Ionian Village participants will travel across Greece, venerating the relics of the Saints, walking in the footsteps of the Apostles, and visiting significant sites of Greek history and culture. At the end of each program, the campers, staff, and clergy return home with strengthened faith, life-long friendships based on Christian love, and an expanded appreciation for the Orthodox Church and Greek culture.
Elaine Jaharis, a Founder of the FAITH Endowment, Ionian Village Alumna, and Chair of the Committee spoke on behalf of the Founders: “We are proud to support young people wishing to participate in Ionian Village. The Camp provides a truly transformative and enriching experience for intellectual and spiritual growth as well as forming lifelong friendships as these young people connect to their Hellenic roots. For over 40 years, Ionian Village has been and still is the premiere program for the young Greek Americans to understand their Hellenic heritage and identity and we are very pleased to offer this financial aid opportunity through our program.”
In 2013, FAITH underwrote 46 full and partial financial aid travel grants for young people to attend the Ionian Village Summer Camp. Each year, FAITH funds a series of several scholarship programs including many merit-based scholarships for the FAITH Academic Excellence Scholarships to high school students graduating from public, parochial and private high schools across the country.
FAITH-Ionian Village Travel Grant applications are available for participants of Session One and Session Two, ages 14-18: www.faithendowment.org. Completed applications must be received by February 28.