$5,000 grants available to Greek American communications majors
in memory of veteran journalist Peter Agris
~ Deadline for 2016 applications is March 1 ~
BOSTON – “As an up and coming broadcast journalist, being chosen as a recipient of the Peter Agris Memorial Scholarship was a rewarding pat on the back and a confidence building nudge forward to start my career. It is an honor to be recognized for both my work as a journalist and my Greek heritage.”
Salem, MA native Angela Christoforos, Time Warner Cable News reporter in Buffalo, NY,recently credited the financial backing and community support she received from the Agris Journalism Scholarships as being critical to her success in this challenging field.
Christoforos, an award winning journalist, was recognized by the Maine Association of Broadcasters for a 5-part series on Autism Awareness. A graduate of Suffolk University, she interned and worked at NBC affiliate WHDH-TV and New England Cable News before scoring a spot as morning news anchor and reporter at WAGM-TV in Maine.
In the last 24 years, over a half a million dollars has been awarded to more than 100 outstanding young Greek American communications professionals through the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family.
Comprised of leading professionals of Hellenic ancestry, The Alpha Omega Council annually honors its late founder, also the founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle, for fifty years the premier Greek American national English-language weekly newspaper in this country.
Agris was an Archon of the Greek Orthodox Church, trustee of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, Anatolia College, The American College of Greece and an Ahepan.
Applications are currently being accepted from graduate and undergraduate journalism and communications students from across the United States.
Six $5,000 non-renewable scholarships will be presented in June at the Alpha Omega Council’s Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner, during which time a noted individual will be recognized for contributions to Hellenic and Orthodox ideals.
Prerequisites for the scholarship include: Greek American heritage; U.S. citizenship; current full-time enrollment as a journalism or communications major at the graduate or undergraduate level in an accredited college or university in the United States; active participation in school, community, church organizations; a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.
Interested candidates should visit www.alphaomegacouncil.org or write to: The Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships Committee, c/o Nancy Agris Savage, 9 Nonesuch Drive, Natick, MA 01760. Questions may be directed to [email protected].
Applications, transcripts, required essay and any published work that might enhance the application must be returned by email to [email protected], or by mail to the above address, no later than March 1, 2016.