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The Hellenic Legacy Fund: Our case for your support

The Greek America Foundation is the host of the Gabby Awards. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded with a simple, yet profound, mission—to “Promote, preserve and perpetuate the Greek culture, history and heritage in America.”—and in the process, to bring together like-minded people to support this cause.

Proceeds from the Gabby Awards benefit an important project of the Foundation—the Hellenic Legacy Fund.  This endowment fund was founded to award scholarships to university students for study abroad opportunities in Greece.

The Hellenic Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund is an integral component of the Greek America Foundation's core mission. Launched after the first Gabby Awards in 2009, the fund has already provides full-semester scholarships for students to study at a US-accredited institution of higher learning in Greece, providing students with a stable academic environment, with the city of Athens and the entire nation of Greece as a backdrop. Our ultimate goal is to create a $10 million endowment fund that will send up to 50 students abroad each academic year.

The full-semester, academic-based program is unique in Greek America and serves as a method of empowerment for young adults to obtain and experience first-hand the significance of a global experience in the birthplace of Western Civilization.  Through this event, and with the financial support of direct contributions, we seek to build a financial base (an endowment fund) whose annual dividends are used to fund the scholarships of qualifying Greek Americans.

Scholarship application review process is overseen by Jennifer Kellogg, a doctoral candidate in Modern Languages and Literatures at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. She was the Onassis Foundation Lecturer of Modern Greek at the University of Missouri-St Louis. For almost a decade Jennifer developed and administered scholarly programs and outreach events at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, and was a founding member of their study abroad program in Greece where she continues to serve as a board member. 

In addition to Kellogg, the scholarship fund selection committee includes Gregory C. Pappas, founder and president of the Greek America Foundation; Dr. Stamatia Dova, Associate Professor of Classics and Modern Greek Studies at Hellenic College in Boston; and Katerina Lagos, Associate Professor of Modern Greek Studies at Sacramento State University.

The investments of the fund are overseen by an investment committee led by Dimitri Eliopoulos, a board member of the Foundation and chairman of the investment committee, who has extensive experience in managing such funds in his capacity as Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor at RMB Capital Management, LLC in Chicago.

If you are interested in the investment objectives of the fund, or would like to speak to someone about endowing a named scholarship, please email us at info(at)greekamerica.org

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