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Message from the Chair

Sophia Papasifakis Masters

PAA Scholarship Chair, 2019-2021

PAA Venizelion Scholarship Program





New for 2021: 

  • Application may not be submitted until all required sections and uploads are complete
  • The application may be ‘saved’ while essay, letter of recommendation, photo, and transcript are successfully uploaded
  • Submitted applications may be edited up until deadline date of March 31st, 2021 at midnight PST
  • The system will automatically prevent application submissions after the March 31, 2021 (midnight PST) deadline
  • There is a scheduled system update on January 18, 2021 limiting access to applications 

Applicant Scholarship Eligibility Checklist:

  • Must be of Cretan descent
  • Must be a paid member of PAA/PYA for two consecutive years: 2020 and 2021. Applicant must be a paid 2021 member at time of application. Contact your local chapter to verify your paid membership status for 2020, 2021, and record your membership number
  • Must be an active participant in local, or national, PYA/PAA programs
  • Must have a Cumulative GPA 3.0 or above
  • Have completed a state certified high school and registered to attend a U.S. college/university.
  • University students must have completed at least one semester of study at a U.S. accredited college/university 
  • Applicant is eligible for up to 2 Venizelion Scholarships and up to 2 Paterakis Scholarships for Graduate Studies

Questions? Contact Scholarship Chair Sophia Masters


About the Venizelion Scholarship Program:

The Venizelion Scholarship Program aids young Cretan men and women enrolled in U.S. undergraduate programs.  
Awards are based on academic merit, active PAA/PYA membership and participation. Applicants may receive
up to two (2) Venizelion Scholarships during their undergraduate studies.

The Paterakis Graduate Scholarship was established in 2015 through the generosity of PAA members George A. and Angela Paterakis. It was Mr. Paterakis’ desire to assist students pursuing degrees at the graduate level in the U.S. Graduate students are eligible
for up to two (2) Paterakis awards during their graduate studies.

Both scholarship awards recognize students of high scholastic achievement who are actively involved in the PAA. By preserving the legacy of the PAA founding fathers’ commitment to providing financial assistance to its members in their pursuit of higher education,
the PAA is also investing in the future leaders of our organization. 
If you would like to make a donation to the PAA Scholarship Fund, please click here.