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From its inception, one of our Club’s goals has been to award scholarships to worthy students of Greek descent from the Greater Philadelphia Region. This year we awarded $36,000 to fourteen accomplished and talented scholars. To date, we have awarded over $500,000 to over 300 students – a wonderful and praiseworthy accomplishment.


The Dr. Michael Dorizas Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 honors a widely respected educator, lecturer and athlete.

Sophia Economou had a stellar record at Haverford High School. She participated in the non-profit educational association of students Future Business Leaders of America and served as Chair during her junior year in high school. She was also a member of the Student Senate helping to organize many school functions, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Apart from school, Sophia attended the national Student Leadership Conference for Sports and Entertainment Summer Program at Fordham University. At Fordham, she received hands-on training in marketing and public relations by conducting mock scenarios of possible situations for starathletes. Sophia also participated in NYU’s summer program “What Makes a Star”. She will attend that university in the fall.

The Founders Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 honors the deceased founders of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia.

Roman Papademetriou was an exceptional student of the Mainland Regional High School. He was Mainland Student Council President (2012-2013). He was president of GOYA and he was awarded the Metropolis of New Jersey Ambassador of Faith Award (2011). He is a trumpet player and participated in the Mainland Regional High School Honors Gifted and Talented Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and the Jazz Band, and he has received a number of awards in the state of NJ.

Roman participated in the United States Senate Youth Program, an intensive weeklong educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service. As a recipient of the US State Department Scholarship for Turkish Language and Culture, he spent time in Bursa, Turkey, where he took immersion Classes for Turkish Language Proficiency. Roman was a Research Assistant for Stockton College International Research in Turkey, where he worked on a National Endowment for Humanities project on Anatolian Churches.

Roman will attend Princeton University and will study Public and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School

The Paideia Merit scholarship for a child of a Club member is in the amount of $3,000. Academic excellence is the primary consideration. The parents must be current members of the Club for at least three years.

Tim Yannopoulos graduated from Radnor High School on Distinguished Honor Roll. Despite a season ending varsity football injury in his junior year and months of physical therapy, Timothy returned to the baseball field six months later, and to the football field the following autumn, all while maintaining a 3.79 GPA and distinguished honor roll every quarter. His advanced coursework included AP Physics, AP Psychology and Sociology. He was also a summer business scholar at Widener University, where his team earned the second largest profit of five teams competing.

Timothy participates in community service activities, by volunteering through Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church to help feed less fortunate families, distribute Christmas gifts to area children, and sing Christmas Carols to the elderly. He also participates in the Buddy Walk for the National Down Syndrome Society, cheering on and supporting the walkers who have this condition.

Timothy has been accepted to Union College, where he will pursue his interests in business, psychology, education, and physics.

The Christopher Demetris Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 was established by Jack and Dolly Demetris in memory of their son Christopher.

Nicholas Peters graduated from Devon Preparatory School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, having received Excellence Awards in History and Religion. His advanced placement courses included US History, Literature, Language, US Government and Politics, and Calculus. His school activities included Stage Crew and the Art, Computer, Chess, German, and Yearbook Clubs.

Nicholas was also the recipient of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of New Jersey Ambassador of Faith Award. Nicholas was Captain of the Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church Altar Boys and President of their GOYA. He also participated in the Youth Secretariat for the Model UN.

Nicholas plans to study history at Fordham University, with additional interests in religion, social studies and the humanities. After college, he plans on attending Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, leading to the Sacrament of Priesthood.

The Goldie S. Vastardis Memorial Scholarship, funded by a grant from Louis Vastardis in memory of his wife, is a merit scholarship in the amount of $2,000 awarded to a student whose parents or grandparents are stewards of St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA.

Jason Demetris recently received the Ambassador of Hope award presented by Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, honoring young men who excel throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. In addition, Jason volunteered Saturdays to work with at-risk children ages 5 to 8 through a program sponsored by the Side-by-Side Tiskeles Youth Program. He raised money for pediatric cancer through the Four Diamond Fund, participated in the Future Business Leaders of America, and also held an internship with a physical trainer.

Jason was a Greek School Volunteer assisting children ages 4-6 to study the Greek language. He participated in the St. Luke dance troupe, the Olympians, as well as in the Sights and Sounds competition winning various first prize awards for photography, a cappella singing and acting. All these activities did not prevent Jason to maintain an excellent academic GPA. Furthermore, Jason was on the Phoenixville Junior Varsity basketball as well as the Greek Orthodox Youth Association Basketball league, and he also ran track. Jason will attend the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University in the fall.

The George C. Liacouras Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is offered to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Wharton School or the College of the University of Pennsylvania. This scholarship was established by Mrs. Effie Liacouras to honor her husband, George C. Liacouras.

Natalie Koch graduated from Lower Merion High School with a 3.95 GPA, making Honor Roll all four years, and National Honor Society for both her junior and senior years. Natalie was a Student Council committee head and Editor-in-Chief of her High School Yearbook.

Possessing a love for community service, Natalie was a Volunteer Tutor in Philadelphia schools and a Teen Volunteer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was President of the Annual Blood Mobile and a member of Best Buddies

An active athlete throughout high school, Natalie was a member of the indoor track team and captain of her field hockey team, named MVP in 2013. Her musical and artistic achievements include ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and tap dancing.

Natalie will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, with a long-term goal of pursuing her academic interest in the sciences and the wonder of medicine.

The Dimitri J. Ververelli Memorial Scholarship for Architecture or Engineering is offered to a student pursuing a degree in one of these fields. This scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was established in 2006 by Mrs. Anastasia Ververelli to honor her husband, Dimitri, who was a past president of the Club.

Spiro Kokolis was a highly accomplished student of Eastern Regional High School. Spiro had a near perfect GPA and was a participant in the National Chemistry Olympiad. Spiro is an active member of St. Thomas Church in Cherry Hill, where he was a member of GOYA, an acolyte, and repeat participant in the Sights and Sounds competition.

Spiro is a member of the St. Thomas Hellenic Dance Group, has a varsity letter for track and field, and varsity level recognition for cross-country. Spiro will attend Drexel University, where he will pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

The Theresa A. Chletcos Memorial Scholarship is offered to a qualified student pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of education. Established in 2013, this award honors past president and founding member, Theresa A. Chletcos. This scholarship was funded through a bequest of Theresa A. Chletcos and her friends and family in the amount of $2,000.

Anthony Serlis is the first awardee to receive the scholarship given in memory of one of the founders of the Hellenic University Club, Theresa Chletcos. Tony is attending Temple University, where he is pursuing a bachelor of science in Social Work. Upon graduation next May, he plans to continue his studies by attending Temple’s graduate school of social work. Like Theresa, Tony is a champion of youth and issues that impact their learning and social/emotional development. Tony is dedicating his future professional life to connecting with youth at risk and helping them to develop self-efficacy and resilience in order to deal with trauma and life’s eventualities.

The Chios Society of Philadelphia "Koraes" Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is offered to students of Chian descent, in memory and honor of past and present leaders and members of the Chios Society of Philadelphia.

Jonathan Paras graduated from The Haverford School. The school’s faculty awarded him the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, which recognizes the leader in the top ten percent of his class who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of Benjamin Franklin – a scholar, innovator and community servant.

His transcript contains all A’s, even though he undertook some of Haverford’s most demanding classes. Jonathan was the captain of the VEX Robotics team, leading the team to state, national and international awards, and growing the team to 100 participants. He also participated in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge and ledhis team to the finals at NASA last year.Jonathan will attend MIT majoring in Materials Science and plans to eventually pursue a PhD.

The Chios Liberation Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is offered by the Chios Society of Philadelphia to students of Chian descent in memory of all those who gave their lives for the liberation of Chios.

Alexandra Coste graduated from Ocean City High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll every marking period for the last 3 years. Last summer, she completed an intensive four-week immersion program in Modern Greek at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA, achieving a grade of A- and earning 6 college credits. Alexandra has served as a missionary at the Navajo Native American Reservation in Gallup, NM, providing support services for people living in poverty.

She is an active steward of Holy Trinity Church in Egg Harbor, NJ, serving as GOYA president and Sunday School choir leader, and participating in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival and Sights and Sounds. She received the Ambassador of Faith award from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey.

Alexandra performed in her school’s Select Choir and Concert Choir, and dances ballet, modern and tap, as well as Greek folk dances. Alexandra will attend Loyola University Maryland, majoring in Psychology. She ultimately plans to become a pediatric dietitian.

The Cyprus Society Scholarship, funded by the Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia, is offered to a student whose family are members in good standing of the Cyprus Society for the past three years. Academic excellence is the primary consideration for this $2,000 award.

Joseph Antonakakis is attending Rutgers University where he was inducted into the National Society for Leadership and has assumed many leadership roles including residence hall advisor. As an advisor, Joseph attends workshops and conferences where he develops conflict resolution skills and organizes programs and activities, which cultivate and engender a sense of community among the college residents. Joseph has championed multiple causes and while in high school he founded and became President of the LEAD Club, an organization devoted to philanthropic works in Philadelphia.

Joseph is majoring in psychology and business and has aspirations of pursuing a PhD in psychology and opening a practice in clinical psychology in Philadelphia.


The Dr. Nicholas Padis Memorial Graduate Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, is awarded to a senior undergraduate or a graduate student pursuing a fulltime graduate degree at an accredited university or professional school. Academic excellence is the primary consideration for this scholarship. Established in 1986, this annual award honors Philadelphia physician, first president and founding member of the Hellenic University Club ofPhiladelphia, Dr. Nicholas Padis.

Vasiliki Triantafillou graduated this spring from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Despite studying the most challenging topics possible, her average was a 3.87. Her undergraduate awards and fellowships include the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship, Michael Manzella Fellowship, Yale Science Scholars, and a previously awarded Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarship.

Since the beginning of her sophomore year, Vasiliki has been involved in research investigating the potential role of long non-coding RNA as a driver of lung adenocarcinoma metastasis through regulation of chromatin remodeling complexes and gene expression. She also founded a program with the Yale New Haven Hospital to work with Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) Faculty to develop a clinical research and shadowing program.

These are just a few of Vasiliki’s accomplishments. Yet, she has continued to serve as a hostess and cashier at her family’s restaurant! This fall Vasiliki will be attending the Perelman Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Dr. Peter A. Theodos Memorial Graduate Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is awarded to a senior undergraduate or a graduate student pursuing studies leading to a Doctor of Medicine degree. This annual award honors Philadelphia physician, past president and founding member of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia, Dr. Peter A. Theodos. This scholarship is funded by his wife Mrs. Peter A. Theodos.

As a lacrosse player and captain of her state champion field hockey team, Andromahi Trivellas was always a persistent athlete, overcoming crushing defeats, fractures, and a torn ACL and meniscus. Her disposition was put to the ultimate test in a struggle that would point her towards a career in medicine. In her first semester at Yale, she was the victim of a hit and run car accident. Andromahi awoke from a medically induced coma, with fractures to her head and spine, accompanied by traumatic brain injury. She underwent surgery and significant hospitalization, and while still recovering, she returned to college 5 months later.

Not only did she graduate from Yale in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Andromahi was also a Division I lacrosse player and won Yale’s Holgate Award for dedication. Her accomplishments in the classroom were outstanding, too, and she continues to be involved in research under the supervision of the professor who heads Yale’s Bioengineering Department Laboratory. She has conducted research on nanoparticles for delivery of B-16 melanoma tumor lysate as a candidate melanoma vaccine and is co-author of a published article on this topic. Andromahi plans to attend medical school this fall.

The Maria Galanos Hetos Graduate Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to a senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing studies in a Graduate Degree Program in the field of education or in education-related studies. This award is funded by Maria Galanos Hetos, EdD, past president of the Hellenic University Club, and wife of past president and founding member, Nicholas S. Hetos, DDS.

Simone Miliaresis graduated magna cum laude from Rowan University in 2010 and went on to earn her Master of Education degree from Temple University in 2013. She has studied and taught extensively in Greece and is presently a Teaching Fellow in Athens in a program co-sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation and the Hellenic American Educational Foundation. This program will ultimately lead to her certification as an Educational Specialist in School Psychology from Temple University.

Simone’s primary motivation for participating in this particular program is to become a cross-culturally competent international school psychologist. In applying knowledge she gained here in the U.S. of behavior and learning interventions to a very different foreign classroom setting, Simone is already well on her way to achieving that goal.