AHEPA National Education Foundation
Announces Scholarship Recipients

The AHEPA National Educational Foundation awarded $65,000 to 101 undergraduate and graduate students in 2005-06, announced Chairman Dr. Michael Syropoulos.

"We are proud to be able to help our young people accomplish their academic dreams," said Dr. Syropoulos. "Education is a cornerstone of our mission and an essential element of our value system as Hellenes."

Recipients represent a broad geographic reach, residing in the United States, Canada and Greece. They are traditional and non-traditional students, and a few are studying to become clergy at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary. Twenty-one of the scholarships awarded were derived from each district's educational committee or foundation.

The 2006 National Educational Foundation scholarship application is available for download, www.ahepa.org.

"We encourage students to apply," said Dr. Syropoulos. "Moreover, we strongly urge more members of the community to contribute and donate to the National Educational Foundatoin so that we may continue to increase the number of scholarships we issue annually."

In 2001, the National Educational Foundation received a $1 million donation from the family of Mr. P. A. Margaronis, and in 2005, received a $500,000 donation from The Petroulas Family of New York.

The National Educational Foundation now has $2.7 million endowed.

2005-06 National Scholarship Recipients

Anastasiou, Michael Angelo, Lake Oswego, OR
Anastasiou, Anastis, Lake Oswego, OR
Angelos, Lauren Ruth, Santa Barbara, CA
Apostle, Mathew James, Cypress, CA
Arfaras, Michael N. Clearwater, FL
Arsenis, Alexander, Bronx, NY
Avramidis, Georgiana, New Hartford, NY
Ayyad, Tala, Spartansburg, SC
Bakes, Katherine G., Bridgeport, CT
Basilakos, Artemis, Greek, SC
Benios, Thania G., Farmington, CT
Billas, Peter Aris, Columbia, SC
Boukidis, Jennifer Elaine, Huntington Beach, CA
Bryan, Laruen, Raleight, NC
Burton, Lianna Mireille, The Woodlands, TX
Calligas, Alexandra M., Shreveport, LA
Capranica, Victoria Maria, Warren, OH
Cash, Christin, San Antonio, TX
Chamakas, Andrew Alexander, Albany, NY
Chapekis, Christopher, Boca Raton, FL
Chapekis, Jonathan, Boca Raton, FL
Chondrou, Antonia, Athens, Greece
Cleveland, Meredith, Potomac Falls, VA
Colins, Michael, North Babylon, NY
Copoulos, Zachariah, Carson City, NV
Countouris, Malamo, Pittsburgh, PA
Carrington, Michael P. Waterbury, CT
Dalis, Zoe Elizabeth, Providence, RI
De St. Antoine, Isabell, Potomac, MD
Diamond, Christina, Lake Oswego, OR
Dimas, Angeliki, Greenville, SC
Dolan, Jonathan, San Antonio, TX
Economis, Sophia Vasso, Warren, OH
Filippakis, Michael, Parma, OH
Gagalis, Eydoxia Gloria, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Galie, Dena Nicole, Pittsburgh, PA
Galis, Andrew, Coal Center, PA
Gemelas, Elaina, Crown Point, IN
Georgiou, George, Edmonton-Alberta, Canada
Geprgopi, Gregpru, Gainesville, FL
Giannoulis, William Demetre, London, Ontario, Canada
Gianopulos, Peter, Chicago, IL
Gkionis, Ioannis, Voula, Attica, Greece
Glekas, Eleni, Brooklyn, NY
Halverson, Sean, Solon Springs, WI
Howard, Nicholas, Vienna, VA
Jensen, Joseph James,Gretna, NE
Karavolas, Irene Roula, Peabody, MA
Katopodis, Christina, Mainnipeg, Canada
Kavelaras, Christine, MEmphis, TN
Kavelaras, Nicholas, Memphis, TN
Kavourgias, Callie M. Edmond, OK

Kioultzopoulos, Angela E., Fort Wayne, IN
Kolovos, Evangelia, Tallahassee, FL
Korbos, Mary, Bridgeview, IL
Kounelaki, Styliani, Ithaca, NY
Koutrakos, Anastasia, West Columbia, SC
Loridas, Katerina, Watertown, MA
Lourentzatos, Rosa Catherine, Bronxville, NY
Loutsion, Alexandra, Cannonsburg, PA
Lucas, Christopher, York, ME
McLean, Trevor Jakob, East Lansing, MI
Mandravelis, Stephen, Nashua, NH
Metaxas, Kathe4rine, Florence, SC
Miraziz, Lina Ann, Baltimore, MD
Miraziz, Elizabeth, Spartanburg, SC
Modestou, Alexander, North Liberty, IA
Nicoloudakis, Maria, Charleston, WV
O'Sullivan, Stacey, Mountainside, NJ
Pamboukes, Christopher, Portsmouth, NH
Paraskevas, Amelia, Verona, WI
Paxton, Nicole Constantina, Gayson, GA
Petridis-Tzombanos, Raymond, Athens, Greece
Poponea, Nicholas A., Waterford, MI
Rallis, Nicole, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Richardson, Frances, Charlotte, NC
Rores, Rebecca, Sparks, NV
Roulakis, Stefanos Nicholas, New Orleans, LA
Roussos, Evanthia, Santa Monica, CA
Ruggeri, Christina, Peabody, MA
Sakaris, Ariana, Potomac MD
Samouris, Lambros Timothy, Atlanta, GA
Scarlatos, Christina, Melrose, MA
Schinas, Jeanne, Coquitlam, Canada
Simantiras, Stephen, Gaithersburg, MD
Skourlis, Margret Louise, Whitestone, NY
Smith-Vikos, Thalyana Marie, New New, NY
Sofos, Elvera, Fort Collins, CO
Sowa, Stacy Elizabeth, Evergreen Park, IL
Speridakos, Constantine George, Danvers, MA
Stevenson, Sophia Diana, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Thanas, Kathleen, Plainfield, IL
Theoharis, Chris, Newport News, VA
Touloupas, Mary, Burlington, NC
Tziallila, Krystallo, Cantonsville, MD
Varlan, Georgia, Knoxville, TN
Vassilicos, Jason, Pittsburgh, PA
Vozos, Georgia, Union, NJ
Vurnakes, Christopher James, Bahama, NC
Zestos, Alexander G., Williamsburg, VA

Recipients' Written Comments to AHEPA

It is wonderful to receive such recognition for all my hard work and much needed support in paying my tuition. I thank you greatly and I will always remember your committee's generosity.--Elvera Sofos

Thank you for the national recognition from AHEPA. A sense of Greek-American identity has always been important to me and I will continue to strive for success.--Michael Carrington

I wish to express my gratitude for being selected as a recipient of the P.A. Margaronis Scholarship. I am greatly honored for this distinguished recognition as it empowers me to continue the pursuit of my education aiming at completing a bachelor's degree at Portland State University. Your contribution to these scholarships stands as a great example of generosity and encouragement for students stuch as myself.--Anastis Anastasiou

I cannot express enough thanks to the AHEPA National Educational Foundation for their grat generosity. I will do my best to uphold the standards of academic excellence which the Order of AHEPA supports so strongly. Thank you!--Chris Theoharis

I wish to thank you sincerely for this grant and your moving letter. Please rest assured that I will try to keep up with your expectations and prove worthy of your trust.--Raymond Petridis-Tzombanos

I would like to thank you for allowing me this honor and for the generous gift that helps me continue my education.--Lianna Burton

I would like to express my deep gratitude for this decision, which will be a significant contribution for this difficult academic year for me.--Ioannis K. Gkionis

(Reprinted with permission from The Ahepan, Winter 2005-06, pp16-18)

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