American College of Greece

The Hellenic Foundation is excited to provide two (2) study abroad scholarships covering tuition and housing for academically deserving Greek-American students of limited financial means from the Chicagoland area to study at The American College of Greece in Athens for a semester.  Recipients will attend ACG in the Fall 2018 semester.  ACG will provide matching funds to cover travel-related expenses. This program removes financial barriers which prevent young Greek-American from reconnecting with their heritage through study abroad. 


Founded nearly 140 years ago in Smyrna, Asia Minor, the College is now the oldest and largest comprehensive American educational institution in Europe. In the 1922 Smyrna Catastrophe the campus was burned and the faculty, staff and students were forced to flee to Athens where they reestablished the school at the invitation of Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos. Since that time, the College has served as a pioneering agent of globalization, cultivating a fertile intellectual and cultural collaboration between Greece and the United States. Currently, the College serves nearly 5,000 students—of which 85% are Greek nationals—and offers comprehensive secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs on a 64-acre campus located in a quiet suburb of Athens, Greece, and a satellite campus located in downtown Athens. Over 800 students form dozens of U.S. universities and other international institutions attend ACG each year.


The College comprises three entities: PIERCE College (six-year secondary school); DEREE College (offering undergraduate and liberal arts and sciences graduate programs); and the ALBA Graduate Business School.  Deree degrees are accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools, and are validated throughout Europe by the Open University of the United Kingdom. The College is a U.S. non-profit organization that is governed by a U.S.-based Board of Trustees.


ACG’s mission is to add distinctive and sustainable value to our students as well as Greece, American education, Hellenic heritage, and the global community through transformative teaching, professional engagement, academic research, and service. ACG has over 50,000 alumni, many of whom serve in leadership positions in dozens of countries around the globe.




Two full scholarships covering tuition, housing and roundtrip airfare to Greece will be awarded to undergraduate Greek-Americans from the greater Chicago area.  The current scholarships can be used for the Fall 2018 semester.   


Priority will be given to undergraduate Chicagoland Greek-American students, who have never or rarely visited Greece in the past, with GPA ≥ 3.0.  All scholarship recipients must fulfil the criteria for admission to The American College of Greece. Greek descent is defined as having one or more parents, grandparents, or great grandparents born in Greece.


The recipients will be selected by ACG’s Scholarships Committee. 



Application instructions:


In order to be considered for a Hellenic Foundation scholarship, applicants must complete and submit the following items by March 15, 2018 at the latest:


a.  A completed online study abroad application form

b.  An up-to-date copy of your college/university transcript

  1. One letter of recommendation from a professor, clergy, or community leader, e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to:

d.  A copy of your FAFSA clearly showing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

  1. A copy of your US passport OR a copy of your US passport application

f.    A 500-word essay responding to the following two questions:

  • Describe your links to Hellenism and how important your Greek heritage is to you and why.

  • What do you expect to gain by studying in Athens, at The American College of Greece, for a semester and how do you plan to use your experiences upon your return to the U.S.?


Supporting documents (b) through (f), as well as any questions should be e-mailed to:


Mara Nisdeo

Dean of North American Enrollment and Study Abroad

The American College of Greece


Office: (857) 284-7908

Cell: (617) 935-5148


Application deadline: March 15, 2018