Daughters of Penelope Award & Scholarship Application Deadlines for 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) announced the deadlines for their awards and scholarships for 2022. The Zoe Cavalaris Award Application is due April 15. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3ufVX8n.

History of Zoe Cavalaris Award

Zoe Cavalaris was born on February 22, 1918, in Tenedos, Greece. She came to America at the age of 3 and grew up in an AHEPA-oriented family in Clarksburg, WV. She started attending National Conventions at the age of 10. Zoe was initiated into Venus Chapter #102, when she moved to Charlotte, NC, following her marriage to Thomas Cavalaris.

Her contributions to her chapter, district, and national DOP were countless. Familiar with the needs of St. Basil Academy, Zoe was inspired by an oil painting of an orphaned child exhibited at the 1952 National Convention. She suggested using the image as a Christmas Seal by the DOP to raise monies to benefit the academy. The idea was accepted, and Sister Zoe became the first National Chairman of the Christmas Seal Drive. She became the 10th DOP Grand President and served from 1956-1958. During 1957 with the enthusiastic success of both a Christmas and Easter Seal Drive, Sister Zoe inspired the Ahepans to embark on a much-needed boys’ dormitory on the St. Basil Academy’s campus. As Grand President she was the Daughter’s Commander on the AHEPA Easter Excursion to Greece which lasted a month with visits to over 42 hospitals, schools, and day care centers. Her efforts encouraged fundraising by the Daughters in Greece and the U.S. to help fund the opening on April 4, 1958 of the Penelopean Shelter, now the Penelopean Day Care Center in Athens.

Sister Zoe initiated the idea of a Presiding Grand President’s Pin passed from president to president. She initiated the convention Manual of Instructions, Agenda, Recommendations and Courtesies. She was invited to the opening of the 13th Bi-Annual Clergy-Laity Congress in Washington, DC to address the luncheon as Grand President; the first time any Grand President was recognized in an official capacity with the Supreme President. Other “firsts” among her credits are: first president of the Philoptochos 5th Diocese, one of the first five women appointed to serve on the Archdiocesan Council of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, appointed to the Board of Trustees of St. Basil Academy, and was one of the few women of her time bestowed with the honor of Archontissa of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

“We, the Daughters of Penelope, are truly blessed to have had Sister Zoe Cavalaris as a dedicated and progressive leader of our sisterhood, and a beacon of inspiration to us today and in the future,” the DOP said in a statement via email. “Her death at the age of 67 years old came too soon; but her memory lives on as we honor her each year through the Zoe Cavalaris Outstanding Female Athletic Award. May her memory be eternal.”

The Athletic Hall of Fame Award application is due April 15. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3odCrWs.

The DOP National Scholarship application is due May 16. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3oagJT1.

The Penelope of the Year application is due July 5. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/3KRqj78.


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