Welcome to the new Hellenic Legacy Fund Blog

This blog will feature the experiences of Hellenic Legacy Fund scholars studying abroad in Greece. Read more about the people who will be featured here and the scholarship fund below!

The Greek America Foundation is proud to announce Catherine Grosso of Chicago, IL and Melanie Graf of Boston, MA as our latest Hellenic Legacy Scholars for study abroad.

Catherine will attend a full semester at DEREE – The American College of Greece in Athens during the 2011 spring semester. Her scholarship from the Greek America Foundation includes full tuition for a semester, valued at $5500.

Melanie will take intensive Modern Greek language classes in Athens and participate in various internships at prominent institutions during her year in Greece. Her scholarship includes a fellowship for living expenses for an entire academic year, valued at over $8,000.

About Catherine Grosso: Catherine is a senior Education major at North Park University in Chicago, IL who demonstrates a great passion for both her Hellenic heritage and community service. In addition to her involvement with many Greek cultural organizations, Catherine plans to pursue a career in English as a Second Language teaching, helping future generations of new Americans pursue their dreams.

As part of her Hellenic Legacy Scholarship, Catherine will assist in bringing the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society–an organization with which she has been an integral member since her youth– to the American College of Greece for a summer dance and music performance. Catherine is thrilled to embark on a semester deepening her knowledge of her ancestral culture and sharing her enthusiasm with her fellow students at the American College of Greece.

About Melanie Graf: Melanie’s passion for Greece blossomed during her semester abroad at the American College of Greece in the spring of 2010. Since she returned from Greece, Melanie has been an active volunteer at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis’ Philoxenia House and has continued her study of Modern Greek. As a senior at Boston College studying International Relations and Ancient Civilizations, she is anxious to complete her studies and return to Greece for what will be the Greek America Foundation’s first post-baccalaureate fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The fellowship program offers graduating seniors the opportunity to spend a year immersed in Modern Greek life and engaged in full-time language study while gaining valuable pre-professional experience through customized internships.

The Hellenic Legacy Fund is one of the signature projects of the Greek America Foundation, whose mission is to provide transformative experiences for students in Greece. For information about the Greek America Foundation, to donate to the scholarship fund or to follow our scholars’ journeys in Greece via their own blogs, visit Greekamerica.org

We look forward to following Catherine and Melanie on their journeys here on the Hellenic Legacy blog!



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2 responses to “Welcome to the new Hellenic Legacy Fund Blog

  1. Katerina mou,
    I am thrilled that you followed the path that took you to Greece. What a wonderful experience this will be. I am so pround of you and wish only the best for you while there, and always. Remenber Kavafi’s Ithaca…..enjoy the journey…every moment…every person and relationship…learn about this and about that…so by the time you reach your own Ithaca you will be wiser, fullfilled and satisfied. God be with you! no matter what, He is your best ally. Congratulations to you and your friends!

  2. Catherine,
    I am so happy that you received this scholarship, and truly believe that you are the most deserving of it. I’m pretty sure I would starve or have a terrible diet of only gyros here if you did not make your delicious healthy Greek dinners 🙂 Kristen and I got pretty lucky having you as a roommate and I can’t wait for all of the experiences to come. I’m also enjoying taking some photos for your blog.

    I love you roomie!

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