NEW YORK.- Since 9/11, Greek-American Societies in the New York tri-state area have more then tripled their scholarship contibution to the Modern Greek Language and Literature Program of St. John’s University. The societies realize that we are no longer an immigrant community that will return to the homeland. The United States is our homeland. We must mainstream and donate to all institutions that maintain the Greek language and culture. During the past seven years, the Modern Greek Language and Literature program has expanded into the community, operating with no budget for overhead expenses. The purpose of the program is to not only teach Modern Greek. Using resources and career opportunities in the community will enable its graduates in finding a job in the work force or entering professional schools. The program now appeals to persons of all backgrounds who are using the knowledge of Greek to enhance their opportunities in the legal and science professions. The Greek-American Societies through their generosity in awarding scholarships have kept the program alive and well.
The Modern Greek Studies Program of St. John’s University in Jamaica N Y awarded its fifth scholarship program to fourteen students on April 29, 2004, at Marillac Auditorium. Greek-American societies with their representatives awarded scholarships to the following students who excelled in the study of Modern Greek language and Literature: George Vagelatos, Maria Spathis,John Georgatos, Cephalonian Brotherhood Aenos N.Y., Mr. Vasilis Kokkosis, president, Gerasimos Stefanitsis, public relations, Gerasimos Minetos, Nikolaos Varthomatos, Anna Papasavva and Elias Pierratos; Tina Mereos . Georgia Angelopoulos ,Panchiaki Korais Society Scholarship, Mr. Constantine Parthenis president; Anna Giannikouris and Basiliki Belekiosl, Chian Federation, Alex Doulis, president; James Simmons, New York Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation, donor Kostas D. Koutsoubis, representative, Angela Giokaris; Louie Panagiotakis, Syllogos Enosis Evritanon Amerikis ‘to Karpenisi’, Constantine Katsanos, public relations and Alexandra Tsinias; Erlinda Matias, Anastasios C. Kokaliaris Scholarship, representative, Peter Balodimas; Nicholas Kiriakakis, Olympic Torch Contracting Inc., donor Anthony Kafayas; Melina Tomeo, George Katsihtis Scholarship, representative Dr. John G. Siolas;
Medeeha Janjua, Odisseas SKOUNTZOS Scholarship; Mary Kalandranis, Scholarship in Memory of Stamatis Sklavos, representative Rev. Jerasimos Ballas, Presvitera Kiriaki Ballas and Mr. Pantelis Fakiris.
The Greek-American Homeowners Association and Mr. George Fakiris awarded ten scholarships totaling $5,000 on January 7, 2004. During the past five years, twenty-five thousand dollars in scholarships have been awarded to the students of St. John’s University.