Chicago, IL—The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with The Renaissance Fund, a Chicago-based private foundation, is pleased to announce the creation of the PanHellenic Leadership Fellowship. The PanHellenic’s newest program will cultivate tomorrow’s leaders with a three-year fellowship, which includes $30,000 in scholarship funds, a mentor, alumni, and internship support to realize their leadership potential.
The PanHellenic Leadership Fellowship
Beginning this year, college sophomore finalists for a PanHellenic Scholarship Award are automatically eligible. Interested students must complete a supplemental application, in which the Academic Committee, along with The Renaissance Fund, will assess their leadership potential and select two fellows. Each fellow will receive a renewable $10,000 award, part of $30,000 total. These fellows will also be paired with a mentor in their field of study, and will meet semi-annually. They will also check-in with the PanHellenic quarterly, to present their grades and satisfy milestones that pave the way to receive their next $10,000 award for the following year. Participating in alumni initiatives will also be required. The process repeats through the third year.
“We will assess each applicant’s leadership potential and their sense of philotimo,” said Peter Korbakes, Director of Scholarships for the PanHellenic. “Our Leadership Fellows must have a passion to truly make a difference in society and a drive to help perpetuate Hellenism in America.
“Higher education costs are increasing annually and is financially out of reach of most students and their families.” said Robert Buhler, Chairman of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation. This brilliantly designed award from the Renaissance Fund award will provide a significant boost to needs-based students with strong leadership potential, by providing opportunities that would otherwise in reach.
The Renaissance Fund will provide the PanHellenic with a total of $120,000 to expand this program, adding two new fellows each year, bringing the total to six by 2023. They have also issued a challenge to businesses, organizations, and philanthropists with a shared vision to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, to match the grant to offer more opportunities for Greek American college students through the PanHellenic Leadership Fellowship.
The Foundation will present the first Leadership Fellowships at their annual Awards Ceremony & Gala, on June 19, 2021.
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