Eleni Gatzoyiannis Scholarship Available to Greek Students at Boston University

in BU In the Community, News Releases
March 3rd, 2011

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Eleni Gatzoyiannis Scholarship, through March 29. The scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students of Greek birth or ancestry who have completed at least one semester at Boston University, are in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. To apply, eligible students must complete a two-page application, write a short essay, and have a 10-15 minute interview with the Gatzoyiannis Scholarship committee members.

Established in 1985, the endowed scholarship fund is a gift from Boston University graduate Nicholas Gage (COM ’63, HON ’85) in honor of his mother, Eleni Gatzoyiannis. The scholarships serve to recognize and memorialize her struggle and martyrdom to protect her children’s lives and to secure their freedom against Communist guerrillas during the Greek Civil War, which resulted in her death at the guerrillas’ hands. A renowned author, Gage depicted the story of his mother’s life in a prize-winning biography Eleni, which he subsequently produced as a feature film of the same title.

A four-member committee consisting of Nicholas Gage, a representative from the University’s Office of Financial Assistance, the Director of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) and an instructor in Modern Greek, selects scholarship recipients on the basis of written applications and personal interviews. Interviews will be held on April 7, 2011, and all applicants receive notification in writing as to the decision of the committee soon after the interview sessions are complete. To obtain an Eleni Gatzoyiannis Scholarship electronic application, contact Jo McCourt via email at jmccourt@bu.edu.

In advance of the March 29 deadline, completed applications should be returned to Jo McCourt via postal mail or hand-delivered to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 700, West Entrance, Boston, MA 02215.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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