Paleologos Graduate Scholarship Program Established at Archdiocese

Wednesday, May 09, 2007



A new graduate scholarship program has been established at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by Peter and Elli Malta Paleologos to assist students enrolled in professional graduate studies and other helping professions including JD, MD, MSW, M.A, M.S., or other professional graduate, non-theological degrees. At least one scholarship of $10,000 per academic year will be awarded to help graduate students defray the costs of tuition, room and board, and/or other expenses related to obtaining a degree. Candidates should be Orthodox Christian graduate students within a jurisdiction of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas – SCOBA. Other criteria and guidelines for application include:

Candidates must submit a complete Academic Record (including undergraduate and graduate transcripts, past and present).

A Budget and/or Statement of need must be submitted outlining Sources of Financial Support as well as a Calculation of Expenses (listing all financial aid: loans, scholarships, grants; expenses such as books, fees, room, board, transportation, travel, tuition), which is certified by the Financial Aid and/or Bursar’s Office. The statement should also include the amount of student loan indebtedness (total accrued liability at time of application) and, the students last three years of gross annual income, along with the number of hours worked (paid, unpaid, volunteer, intern, service, or other). Copy of tax returns or other proof of income may be required by the Scholarship committee. Students receiving a full scholarship from any other source or a partial scholarship exceeding fifty (50) percent of their tuition are ineligible.

Candidates must include a Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

Candidates must include five (5) Letters of Recommendation with one addressing your academic background and one your religious/spiritual background from the following. You may choose more than one recommendation letter from the same area. Please choose individuals and areas that best represent diverse aspects of your accomplishments.
a) Academic, from professor or advisor or program director (Required).
b) Religious/Spiritual, from clergy, lay leader, parish council member or other church official (Required).
c) Personal, from someone who knows you well (not family, or co-worker).
d) Supervisor, from employer, manager, or supervisor (for paid, unpaid, volunteer, intern, service, or other).
e) Professional peer, from colleague or co-worker.
f) A recommendation of your own choosing, not listed above.

Candidates must include a Scholarship Proposal: Describe how your current studies allow you to employ your talents. How would being awarded with this scholarship help you use these talents to serve the Church or community at large? Your response to the question should be 2-3 pages in length.

Candidates may include an Optional Personal Statement including special/extenuating circumstance(s).

Potential applicants should address any questions to the Office of the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese by calling (212) 774-0513, by e-mail at, or by letter. A completed packet of the application materials listed above should be sent to the Paleologos Graduate Scholarship Fund – c/o Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – Office of the Chancellor – 8 East 79th Street – New York, NY 10021.

Scholarship application packets must be postmarked by the June 1, 2007 deadline. Incomplete packets will not be considered for the award.

These guidelines are available online at: