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Message from the Chair

Sophia Papasifakis Masters

PAA Scholarship Chair, 2019-2021

PAA Venizelion Scholarships

Greek philosophers thought extensively about the purpose of education and its fundamental role in the development of civilization. Aristotle wrote, “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” As early as 1936 our for fathers of the Pancretan Associaltion of America (PAA) understood the importance of education, and set forth to establish the Venizelion Scholarship Program that would help educate their members for generations to come. The scholarship program is named in honor of the great Cretan statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. It aids worthy young Cretan men and women in pursuit of education, learning and research through merit and financial need. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than 850 scholarships valued at over one-half million dollars to deserving students.

It is an honor for me and my fellow committee to help preserve the legacy of the Venizelion Scholarship Program and look forward in nurturing leadership skills in our recipients as they become future leaders of the Pancretan Associaltion of America (PAA).

Candidates that meet all the requirements may apply no more than two times for the Venezelion Scholarship and Paterakis Graduate Scholarship during their colleagial studies.