Chicago, IL – The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation was proud to be honored as “Most Distinguished Greek American Organization” on Sunday, October 20th at the United Hellenic Voters of America Gala event. In addition to the Foundation being honored, Chairman Robert Buhler was also honored as “Philhellene of the Year.” Congratulations to all 2019 honorees who work tirelessly to promote Hellenism and education.
In Mr. Buhler’s acceptance speech, he stressed the importance of being welcomed into the Greek community with open arms, and that Greeks must continue to promote Hellenism to other Philhellene’s who could help Hellenic causes. “Greek mentors like my father-in-law Gus Kapsalis; the Founder of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Chris Tomaras; world-renowned iconographers Pachomaioi monks and an amazing group of Cretan nuns of the Monastery Panagia Kaliviani, all “drew me in”, with abundant love, valuable lessons, and patience. Each of them helped me develop my values to a higher Hellenic standard and to appreciate the gifts that Hellenism offers the world.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the Foundation was also Trustee and Secretary, Tom Sotos. In his remarks, Mr. Sotos gave a moving tribute to our late Founder, Chris P. Tomaras, who passed away four years ago last month. He thanked his fellow Trustees, John Manos, and Robert Buhler, and graciously accepted the award on behalf of the PanHellenic’s governance, donors, scholarship recipients, and staff. “As a trustee of the Foundation, it warms my heart to know that the work we do at the PHSF is recognized and appreciated. On behalf of the Foundation, thank you to the United Hellenic Voters of America for these high honors, and to all of you for supporting the PHSF in the past and for many years moving forward.”
To date, the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has awarded $3.25+ million to 500+ Greek American undergraduates. The 2019/20 scholarship application is now available and all eligible students are encouraged to apply by January 31st.