Fulbright Foundation Honors Greek and American Scholars and Donors

Fulbright Awards Ceremony 2014 at the Ambassador's Residence (State Department Photo)
Fulbright Awards Ceremony 2014 at the Ambassador’s Residence (State Department Photo)

Athens — On Thursday, June 12th, U.S. Ambassador David D. Pearce honored Greek and American Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright donors, in the presence of Mr. Athanassios Kyriazis, Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and Fulbright Executive Director Artemis Zenetou.

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece is the oldest Fulbright Program in Europe, and the second oldest in the world, and serves as a testament to Greece’s commitment to education and international exchange.  Greece’s Fulbright program remains as vibrant, innovative, and relevant as it was when it was first established in 1948.

Since its inception, approximately 5,000 scholarships have been awarded to Greek and American scholars.  Fulbright alumni include Prime Ministers, ministers, parliamentarians, a Nobel laureate, two Pulitzer prize winners, an Emmy award winner, leading academics and bankers, and famous artists.

The Ambassador congratulated the 51 recipients of Fulbright scholarships for this year, who were chosen after rigorous review from a large pool of extremely qualified candidates.  This year’s Fulbright scholars encompass a diverse range of academic interests, from oceanography and narrative medicine to geotechnical engineering and anthropology, visual arts and history to political sciences and gender & cultural studies, physics, computational design, photography, social entrepreneurship and law. Institutions at which scholars will study include Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia, University of Illinois at Chicago, Stanford, Yale, the School of Visual Arts, University of California Berkeley, and Brown.

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece acknowledged the support of the Government of the United States and the Government of the Hellenic Republic which have enabled the continuity and growth of its scholarship programs and educational activities.

The support of private donors that contributed to the award of scholarships for academic year 2014-2015 was also acknowledged.  This year’s contributors include the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism, A.G. Spanos Companies,  Intracom Holdings, Eurobank Asset Management, Hellenic Exchanges – Athens Stock Exchange SA Holding, The National Bank of Greece, PricewaterhouseCoopers S.A., Procter & Gamble Hellas, S&B Industrial Minerals, the Hellenic American Educational Foundation, the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki,  The International Propeller Club-Port of Piraeus, Mr. & Mrs. John Menoudakos, Mr. Alexander Gigilinis, Alexander Simotas MD, Mr. Peter Myrian and other corporations and individuals who offered their valuable support to the Foundation through pro bono services. The Fulbright Foundation in Greece also expressed appreciation for the invaluable support of the following long standing partners: the George P. Livanos Foundation, the John S. Latsis Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

For more information on the Fulbright Foundation in Greece please visit:www.fulbright.gr.