FDF Scholarship Opportunities

FDF is dedicated to helping our young participants of Orthodox Christian Faith and Greek dance culture to further their education. The FDF Scholarships are given to outstanding individuals that are recommended by their parish priest or dance program advisor/teacher who are highly motivated individuals that demonstrate the drive to succeed, the desire in their quest for a college education and commitment to FDF, their Church and their community.

Ionian Village Scholarship

The goal of Ionian Village is simple: to provide Campers and Staff with a life-transforming summer experience by bringing them closer to our Orthodox faith and exploring our rich Hellenic culture and history.

The FDF 2019 Ionian Village Scholarship is being offered to eligible participants of the 2019 Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival so that the winner may explore their faith and heritage through the Ionian Village program. Eligible applicants must currently be in grade 9 through 12 in accordance with Ionian Village registration policy. One scholarship will be awarded based on review of the applicants’ essays and references. The scholarship recipient will receive a full-registration to Ionian Village 2019 Session 2 (Mid July – Early August, 2019). Registration includes round trip airfare from New York’s JFK or Chicago O’hare’s Airport to Athens, Greece as well as associated program costs. The total cost of the Ionian Village program for 2019 is $6,000. The FDF 2019 Ionian Village Scholarship awards a full discount of $6,000. The scholarship does not cover transportation to or from JFK/O’Hare Airport at the start and end of the Ionian Village program.

The scholarship recipient will be responsible for completing registration independently with the Office of Ionian Village to guarantee their space at camp and will also be asked to write an article about his or her experience at Ionian Village for the 2020 edition of FDF’s Oli Mazi.


Ionian Village Scholarship Application

2019 FDF Scholarships
Archbishop Demetrios Scholarship (awarded by FDF) – Elena Guillen, St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Cynthia Anderson Scholarship (awarded by FDF)- Sophia Pantis, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Sacramento, CA
Chris Papadimitrakis Scholarship (awarded by FDF) – Sophia Delis, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Sacramento, CA
Fr. Homer Demopoulos Scholarship (awarded by FDF) – Sophia A. James, St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA
Fr. Anthony Moschonas Scholarship (awarded by Presbytera Maria Moschonas and family) – Jacob Kyriacou, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Camarillo, CA
Dean Phillips Scholarship (awarded by the Demos Family) – Nicoletta Koulos, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Long Beach, CA
Jim Papangellin Scholarship (awarded by the George Papangellin Family) – Olga Alvertos, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Long Beach, CA
Sophia Bouras Scholarship (awarded by the George Papangellin Family) – Marina DuVernet, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach, CA
Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Scholarship (awarded by Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas) – Rosa Domingot, St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Dr. Bobby and Mrs. Nikki Papoulias Scholarship (awarded by Dr. Bobby and Mrs. Nikki Papoulias) – Anastasia Fourlis, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Phoenix, AZ

Required education level: Between senior year of high school through junior year of college. The student must be attending and participating in the current year’s FDF.

How to Apply
If you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships, notify your parish priest (or dance program advisor) and ask them to submit a letter on your behalf. To give your parish priest or dance program director additional information about yourself, provide them with a completed FDF Bio Sheet. All letters should be sent to the email below by the author of your letter:

Vickie Demos, Scholarships Director

Deadline for 2020 Scholarship Applications: TBD

Any Questions?
Contact FDF Board of Trustees Scholarships Director Vickie Demos at:
Email: scholarships@yourfdf.org
Phone: 562-688-8315

Download Candidate Bio Sheet

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