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Message from the Chair


Sophia Papasifakis Masters

PAA Scholarship Chair, 2019-2021
scholarship@pancretan.org

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, the founding members of the Pancretan Association of America (PAA) understood the importance of education and set forth to establish the Venizelion Scholarship Program to help educate its members for generations to come. The scholarship program, named in honor of the prominent Cretan statesman, Eleftherios Venizelos, 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. 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.

Both scholarship awards recognize students of high scholastic achievement who are actively involved in the PAA. By preserving the legacy of the Venizelion Scholarship Program, the PAA is investing in the future leaders of our organization. Candidates who meet all scholarship requirements are limited to applying no more than two times for the Venizelion Scholarship and the Paterakis Graduate Scholarship during their college/graduate studies.

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.