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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Scholarships

Applications for two scholarships administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are now available to students from Orthodox Churches affiliated with the Assembly of Bishops. The Malta Scholarship is for undergraduate studies, and the Paleologos Scholarship is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from the Orthodox Christian community.

Applications can be downloaded from the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at (on the spotlight section on the home page). For more information, please email or call 212-774-0283. The deadline for submitting an application for these scholarships is May 3, 2019.

The Christopher Elias Memorial Scholarship

Applications for The Christopher Elias Memorial Scholarship are now available to qualified applicants. To qualify for consideration, the applicant must be a graduating high school senior who is a member of any of the Antiochian Orthodox Parishes of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and who has been accepted by an accredited institution of higher
learning and will be entering as a freshman in the fall of 2017. To request an application email and an electronic copy of the application will be sent. The completed application is due by June 15, 2017 in hard copy and by regular
post. Recipients will be announced and awards made during the 53rd Antiochian Archdiocesan Convention in Miami, Florida on
July 23–30, 2017.

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

The Reagan Foundation also is sponsoring the The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series, which will award $35,000 in scholarship funds to outstanding high school debate students across the nation. The Series is designed to provide an avenue for high school students across the country to develop their civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions as they research, discuss, and engage in public debate. This program is designed to align with and leverage the energy of Election 2012.

The competition will consist of three distinct rounds. First, local debates will take place on high school campuses nationwide between June and September of 2012. School champions will advance to regional championships held in September and October of 2012. Regional championships will be held at university campuses from east to west. Those champions will then be flown to the National Championship at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on October 27, 2012 and compete for $35,000 in scholarship awards.

Go here for complete information on the series, links to resources, and to register your school for the series.

Francis Maria Scholarships

Through a generous gift of the Francis Maria Foundation for Justice and Peace, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will once again grant several scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to students attending an accredited College.

Scholarships will be granted each July. All supporting documentation must be postmarked by May 15, 2012 and received by May 22.

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For the financial Need section, which is worth up to 10% you will need to submit the page from your free FAFSA financial forms that shows your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - include this page with your application and be sure that the applicant and at least one parent sign that page.

Francis "Frank" Maria of Pump­kin Hill, Warner, N.H., who established the Francis Maria Fund for Justice and Peace, was born in Lowell, Mass., to Syrian Arab Christian immigrants. He earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University and did advanced work through the BU­/Harvard Extension Program. An English teacher and coach at Tewksbury, Lowell and Newton Schools in Massachusetts, he later served with the U.S. Marines, for which he developed leadership training programs during World War II. After the war, Mr. Maria was personnel manager for the Merrimack Manufacturing Co. and became known as an innova­tor and reformer. Later, he became an independent consultant and teacher, and undertook special assignments for government, industry and health care organizations.

Named by President Eisenhower to the U.S. delegation for the UNESCO general session in 1960, Mr. Maria has served on numerous diplomatic, refugee relief and ecumenical initiatives. 

Mr. Maria presided over the Federation (predecessor to Senior SOYO) Convention in 1950. He represented the Antiochian Archdiocese at the World Council of Churches general assembly in 1983 and served as a member of the Antiochian Archdiocese delegation to the National Council of Churches. He was a founder of the American Arabic Association (AMARA), and in 1981, he received its Distinguished Public Service Award. Metropolitan Philip presented Frank Maria the Antonian Gold Medal in 1993. The University of New Hampshire presented Mr. Maria an honorary doctoral degree in 1994.

Dr. Maria established the Francis Maria Fund prior to his death with a $100,000 donation. Following his death, the Francis Maria Foundation for Justice and Peace gave an additional donation of $125,000 bringing the current fund with interest earned to approximately $280,000. The Maria Foundation expressed its desire that 75% of the Annual income from this Fund be used to grant scholarships to young people attending institutions of higher learning.

Those wishing to increase this scholarship fund may make donations to the Antiochian Archdiocese earmarked for the Francis Maria Scholarship Fund.

Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting Scholarship

Offering two $1,000 scholarships and one $500.00 scholarship

 The eligibility requirements are:

 1. Be a registered active member of a Boy or Girl Scout unit

2. Have earned the Eagle Scout Award for boys or the Gold Award for Girls

3. Be an active member of an Eastern Orthodox Church and must have earned the Alpha Omega Religious Scout Award

4. Have demonstrated practical citizenship in their church, school, Scouting unit, and community

5. Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. high school and in their final year

Please submit four letters of recommendation with the application; one letter from leaders of each of the following groups: religious institution, school, community leader, and head of Scouting unit.The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting Scholarship Committee will award the three national scholarships to the recipients who best meet the qualifications and not on a "need" basis.

Applications can be obtained from

E.O.C.S. Chairman, George N. Boulukos
862 Guy Lombardo Avenue
Freeport, New York 11520

and they must be submitted by May 1st of each year. The national winners will be announced in June of each year.