Dr Elizabeth Gebhard, renowned archaeologist, N Demos Foundation Trustee and a great supporter of The American College of Greece (ACG), met with two N. Demos Foundation scholarship recipients, while on campus to deliver a lecture on her work at Isthmia.
“It was a great pleasure visiting DEREE, meeting the Demos students, and telling people about Isthmia,” Dr Gebhard said after her visit, adding that it was also a treat to see and meet other members of the ACG family.
During her time on campus, Dr Gebhard also met with ACG President David G. Horner, ACG’s Executive Director of Development Mary-Irene Triantafillou, and was very happy to be introduced to the two N. Demos scholarship recipients Teri Peppas and Vasilios Mitrellis.
Maria-Katerina (Teri) Peppas, who is expected to graduate in the spring of 2016 and is on a N. Demos Foundation Scholarship for Communication Majors, says that she is very grateful to ACG and to the N. Demos Foundation for the opportunities offered to her, while she is impressed by the number of scholarships ACG offers its students every year, which allow students that meet academic performance standards to have an opportunity in life and also create a socio-economic bridge as all socio-economic levels are present on campus. This year the fact that she received the N. Demos Communication Scholarship helped her remain in school, she says, while noting that DEREE History Professor Haris Vlavianos, who is also a renowned Greek poet, was the one that encouraged her to apply for the scholarship.
Teri, who considers herself a “professional daydreamer,” says she would like to pursue an MA degree in Creative Writing in the US, as she enjoys writing, literature, and reading.
On his part, Vasilios Mitrelis, who is also expected to graduate in the spring next year, is studying finance- cost accounting on a N. Demos Foundation scholarship.
He is currently a work-study student, working for DEREE’s Office of Student Affairs, and also works full time after school. He has been working since he was 17.
Vasilios has been very involved with student societies. Currently, he is part of SAB as treasurer, ACG Cares and Student Government as president. ACG Cares is his favorite, he says, while his top classes are History and Finance. He is also very active in sports, and enjoys being under pressure and facing challenging situations. DEREE was his first choice when he finished high school, he adds, as he had heard about DEREE from relatives and friends who are alumni.
Vasilios has been impressed by the developments that have taken place and the opportunities offered to students at DEREE, including the International Internships and Study Abroad Programs, he concludes.
For more on the N. Demos Foundation, founded by Chicago-based Greek-American philanthropist N. Demos, as well as the Scholarship Opportunities it offers ACG students, click here.
Read about Dr Gebhard’s lecture at DEREE here.