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CHIAN CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC.
THE HELEN CHIOTES SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF THE CHIAN FEDERATION

 

DESCRIPTION AND INSTRUCTIONS

  

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

The Helen Chiotes Scholarship Fund is generously funded by Ms. Helen Chiotes, an extensive philanthropist, and staunch advocate and supporter of major US/Hellenic and Orthodox causes; and recipient of the Chian Federation’s 38th Homeric Award.

The Chian Federation is grateful to Ms. Chiotes for this generous donation and pledges to honor the Chiotes name and family by selecting stellar individuals to benefit from this scholarship, who will also become great members of our community and emulate Ms. Chiotes example of charity and caring.

The Helen Chiotes Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students who are champions and supporter of the Hellenic and Chian culture and ideals who are,

  • Living in the United States and have been accepted to study in the United States for their baccalaureate or master’s degree, in an accredited academic institution.
  • Living in Greece and have been accepted to a Greek higher education institution*.
  • Living in Greece and have been accepted to study in an institution in the United States

Eligible candidates must demonstrate both financial need and academic merit, and be in good standing in their current academic institutions and in their communities.

* All scholarships must be compliant with IRS tax laws for scholarships. Our first and foremost goal is to preserve the tax deductibility of our donors whole donation. Therefore, we reserve the right to add requirements at any time to protect the scholarship as necessary. This will particularly affect all foreign students applying to colleges abroad who will need to qualify not only themselves but help us qualify the institution they will be attending as well. Therefore, it will be necessary to contact the office and inquire what additional information will be necessary prior to applying. 

 

AWARDS*:

Funds will be awarded on an annual** basis and will be submitted directly to the applicant’s academic institution for tuition relief.

Three to five scholarships will be awarded annually.

Each scholarship amount will range from $1,000 to $5,000.

*The number of scholarships awarded and the amount available to be awarded may vary from year to year.

**The committee reserves the right to distribute rewards over $2500 on a semester basis requiring the applicant to resubmit with each semester proof of enrollment through transcripts.

 

AWARD CONDITIONS:

  • Scholarship award recipients will be known as the Helen Chiotes Scholars.
  • Applicants selected for a scholarship must meet the following conditions before an award is made. If any of the conditions are not met, the scholarship award will be forfeited.
  • Applicants must provide proof of good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Applicants must commit to participate in a minimum of one Chian Federation event, and make a presentation, or participate in a discussion pertaining to their studies (in person or virtually).

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Please complete the online form and follow the directions as prompted.
  • You will need to submit a 500-750 word essay. The proposal should address the following questions:
    1. State your goal(s). How will this degree advance your goals? What are your plans after graduation?
    2. What is your motivation for applying for this particular scholarship? Elaborate on your interest/connection to the Chian Community, and your plans/vision on how this community can remain vibrant and active.
    3. The scholarship application process is competitive. The essay is one of the most important parts of your application. It is your opportunity to “speak” to the Scholarship Committee and to make your application stand out above others. When writing your essay, consider how you might describe your plans while maintaining an academic or scholarly perspective. Make sure to proofread and that it is grammatically correct.
  • You will need a letter of recommendation from a faculty, academic advisor, or other officer of an academic institution; and a letter of recommendation from a community leader who has known you for a minimum of two years (optional). Make sure you have discussed your study plan and goals with the individual providing the letter of recommendation before submitting his/her name on your application.

TIMELINE:

  • The application period opens on January 15 and closes at midnight on June 21st.
  • The Helen Chiotes Scholarship Selection Committee will review all applications and consider the merit of the applicants’ financial need, academic achievement, application essay, and recommendation(s). Scholarship decision letters will be sent electronically before July 5th.

Applications must be submitted on time and be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For additional information, please contact the Chian Federation office

at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 718-204-2550.

 

CHIAN CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC.
THE HELEN CHIOTES SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF THE CHIAN FEDERATION

 

APPLICATION

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Complete the online form and follow the directions as prompted.
  2. You will need to submit a 500-750 word essay. The essay should address the following questions:
    • State your goal(s). How will this degree advance your goals? What are your plans after graduation?
    • What is your motivation for applying for this particular scholarship? Elaborate on your connection/commitment to the Greek and Chian culture community, and your plans/vision on how the Chian community can remain vibrant and active in your life.
    • The scholarship application process is competitive. The essay is one of the most important parts of your application. It is your opportunity to “speak” to the Scholarship Selection Committee and to make your application stand out above others. When writing your essay, consider how you might describe your plans while maintaining an academic or scholarly perspective. Make sure to proofread and that it is grammatically correct.
  3. You will need two (or more) letters of recommendation submitted on your The recommendations must be sent directly by the recommender who must provide their contact information:
    • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, academic advisor, or other officers of an academic institution.
    • A letter of recommendation from a community leader who has known you for a minimum of two years, and/or a letter from an employer, and/or a letter from an officer of a non-profit organization indicating community service or volunteer services.
    • Make sure you have discussed your study plan and goals with the individual providing the letter of recommendation before submitting his/her name on your application.
  4. Applications must be submitted on time and be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Last name ________________________________________ First name _______________________

Date of birth ________________ E-mail address ___________________________________

                  

Address _____________________________________________________ Apt. no. ______________

City ______________________ State________________ Zip code _______ Country: _________

Day phone (______) ______________ Cell phone (______) ______________

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

 

Please check one of the following:

I have been accepted to study at:

Institution Name: ________________________________________

Institution Address: ______________________________________

Name of Degree: ______________________________________________

 (Please indicate full name of degree, i.e. BA in…., or MS in….)

First Semester of Study: ___________________________________

(Please indicate month and year)

 

I have been studying at this institution:

Institution Name: ________________________________________

Institution Address: ______________________________________

Name of Degree: ______________________________________________

 (Please indicate the full name of the degree, i.e. BA in…., or MS in….)

 Number of Credits Earned To-date __________Cumulative GPA ______

                       

Expected Graduation Date: ________________________

(Please indicate month and year)

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

 

  1. To demonstrate acceptance in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a University, please attach a copy of the acceptance letter.
  2. To demonstrate academic merit please attach the most recent transcript or diploma from your most recent educational institution.
  3. To demonstrate need:
    • US citizens/residents should attach a completed FAFSA** application to demonstrate financial need in the academic year of the award.
    • Greek citizens should attach a letter from their local mayor indicating financial need.
  4. Attach a personal essay—500-750 words.
  5. Attach a letter of recommendation submitted on your behalf by a faculty, academic advisor, or other officer of an academic institution; and a letter of recommendation from a community leader who has known you for a minimum of two years (optional).

**Note that in order to file FAFSA, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, you may visit their website at https://fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm.

 

Finalists must be available to participate in an interview with the Chian Federation Scholarship Committee, upon request.

 

 

I certify that the information provided in this application is true and accurate.

______________________________________________ ________________

Applicant Signature                                            Date