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The ACG Simulated Trading Room

A state-of-the-art trading room, unique in its kind in the region of Southeastern Europe, comes to life, true to ACG’s vision to provide transformative education to its students and to help reinvigorate Greece through education and knowledge.

Behind this project are the combined efforts of several ACG constituents, Faculty and Administration, supported by the significant funding of USAID and an anonymous donation, making this vision a reality.

The ACG Simulated Trading Room is built to offer its students a real-world trading experience. This state-of-the-art trading room is expected to broaden students’ knowledge of financial services, encourage and enhance student and faculty research output, increase employability of ACG graduates, as well as promote awareness of the global financial markets in Southeastern Europe.

Recreating a professional financial environment, the ACG Simulated Trading Room is supported by the latest trends in technology, including state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Besides serving teaching and research purposes, the ACG Simulated Trading Room will further enhance the academic reputation of the American College of Greece by establishing it as a highly sophisticated technological hub.

Moreover, it is expected to attract highly qualified faculty, alumni, and donors, and to become involved in collaborations with firms and other academic institutions.

Overall, the Simulated Trading Floor provides a real sense of technological sophistication, bringing financial markets to the students’ fingertips through cutting-edge software and hardware.

 

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Anonymous Scholarship Fund for Students from Kefalonia & Larissa

Since its founding in 1875, The American College of Greece (ACG) has provided assistance to students who need help so that they can meet their educational expenses, thereby enabling students with demonstrated ability and promise to access a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Over €3.8 million in need-based, merit-based scholarships, and financial aid have been awarded for Deree students for the academic year 2017–18. The College has expanded scholarship and financial support programs to ensure the affordability of an ACG education particularly in these challenging economic times.

The Financial Assistance Program at ACG provides various levels of financial assistance based on need and/or academic achievement. The governing philosophy of our program is grounded in our belief that lack of funds should never prevent academically talented students from receiving a quality education. Funding for financial assistance originates from the College’s own resources and from the generous contributions of donors.

The George Agorogiannis and Paraskevi Menegatou Parafestas Endowed Scholarship has been established by an anonymous donor from the United States, in honor of George Agorogiannis and Paraskevi Menegatou Parafestas. It is intended to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students of Deree with parents who reside in the Ionian island of Kefalonia and/or the greater city of Larissa in Thessaly.

About the Scholarship

The George Agorogiannis and Paraskevi Menegatou Parafestas Scholarship provides tuition reduction based on the annual spending policy set by the ACG Board of Trustees then calculated by the Business Office and reported to the Financial Assistance Office. It is awarded for one year, with the possibility of renewal for the same recipient provided he/she continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered, the applicant must:

  • Meet all entrance requirements for admission to the College and be a degree-seeking student
  • Have achieved a minimum Greek high school grade of 17.0 out of 20
  • First preference will be given to eligible applicants with parents who reside in the Ionian island of Kefalonia and/or the greater city of Larissa in Thessaly. If there are no eligible candidates from Kefalonia or Larissa, applicants from all the Ionian Islands and the Thessaly prefecture will be considered. If there are no eligible candidates from these areas, then candidates from any part of Greece will be considered.
  • Demonstrate financial need (taking into consideration both personal and family income as well as personal and family property and assets)
  • Show academic promise

To retain the scholarship, recipients must register for at least 2 courses (6 credit hours or more) per continuous semesters and maintain a Cumulative Index (CI) of 3.0 or better by the end of the first semester of study. This CI (or higher) must be maintained while receiving the award.

Contact

For more information, please click here or contact the Office of Financial Assistance and Planning at 210 600 9800 ext. 1305, 1306, 1327, or at [email protected].

To learn more about establishing your own fund at ACG, or contribute to any of the other existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations:

  • Mary-Irene Triantafillou (Deree ’89), ACG Executive Director of Development t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1239 or [email protected][email protected]
  • Maria Laina (Deree ’94), ACG Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations, ext.: 1035 or [email protected]
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Mind Body Spirit Fest Supporters

The annual Mind Body Spirit Fest promotes the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit, and this year’s festival, organized by the ACG Health & Wellness Center and held on October 4–10, ran with the theme of Relationships. Over 150 participants took part in an array of activities, lectures, and events geared towards raising awareness for the importance of healthy relationships with one’s self and others, as well as with nature and all forms of life.

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Highlights from the festival

  • The Deree Better Days 4 Strays Club and the Animal Shelter of Aghia Paraskevi, under the direction of Deree Professors Alexandra Jeikner and Litsa Mourelatos explored the human-canine connection, with students, faculty and staff spending time with several bouncy puppies and dogs on campus. The event ended on a high note with 7 dogs getting adopted!
  • Nancy Papathanasiou, clinician, facilitator, trainer, and scientific coordinator of Dipla Sou 11528 (the national helpline for LGBT youth and their families) gave a fascinating talk on relationships and human interactions, and about relating to ourselves and others.
  • Ritsa Ventouratou’s “Work/Study + Life Balance” lecture helped students assess critical factors in maintaining a positive and healthy balance between their studies, work, and life in general, for their wellbeing.

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All in all, the greatest highlight of this year’s festival was the array of activities offered including: relaxing spas, healthy cooking classes, lectures, talks, meditations, and many more wonderful experiences. However, the cherry on top of the cake was the tremendous support the organizers received in the form of in-kind donations amounting to over 7,000 € from: Korres, De’Longhi Kenwood Hellas, Sklavenitis, ATTIKI Honey, Nestlé, Purina, and Cocoon Urban Spa.

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With the help and generosity of supporters, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and the hard work of D ’83 alumna Sophie Themelis, ACG Health & Wellness Center Coordinator, the Wellness Center, and the Deree Self Awareness & Meditation Club, another successful MBS Fest came to a close with an impressive Acropolis Sunrise Meditation and City Walk with a big crowd of students and their parents, staff and faculty, as well as alumni and friends!

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The Gerondelis Foundation

The American College of Greece has been awarded a grant of $50,000 by the Gerondelis Foundation to support study abroad scholarships for low-income students from Essex County, Massachusetts.

“I cannot tell you how thrilled we are to help The American College of Greece with this program,” wrote Gregory C. Demakis, President of the foundation in the award letter. “This grant reflects the values and mission of the Gerondelis Foundation, namely, to help educational institutions, to give support to the less fortunate, and to help people in the local community.”

The number of Americans studying abroad has tripled over the last two decades, as students increasingly see the academic, social, and professional advantages of overseas experiences, but for both cultural and financial reasons, it’s an opportunity low-income college students are less likely to get. This project will eliminate the financial barriers, so seven deserving students can benefit from a transformational educational experience in Greece.

ACG is partnering with North Shore Community College to implement this grant, and scholarship recipients are slated to study at ACG in Summer Session II of 2017.

We look forward to welcoming our new study abroad students on campus!

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AEGEAN: Helping Students Soar Higher

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ACG’s mission is to provide students with a global, transformative, and unique educational experience. An exciting part of that experience is the opportunity to choose from a plethora of Academic Advancement Programs (AAP), which include European and international tournaments and championships.

Participation in the Academic Advancement Programs provides bright, talented, and hardworking students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in creative ways, far beyond the classroom; to learn about leadership in a global context; to be stellar ambassadors for their College, their country, and the institutions and companies that support them; to work with peers from all over the world. And in this way, we can play our part in paving the way to an exciting and hopeful future for the next generation of leaders and global citizens.

Every year however, more and more students are unable to attend these events due to financial constraints. ACG helps them overcome such difficulties by reaching out and fostering collaborations such as the new partnership with AEGEAN, so that every deserving student can have the chance to learn something new, experience a different culture, and create memories of a lifetime!

A World of Opportunities

We thank AEGEAN for supporting our mission to provide our students with as many experiences as possible to help them grow, both personally and academically. But most importantly, we thank our new partners for believing in our students’ future as wholeheartedly as we do, and opening up a whole new world of opportunities for them!

Rome: Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis & the WorldMUN

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In March, the Deree MUN Club visited Italy for the Harvard World Model United Nations 2016, the most internationally diverse college-level Model UN conference, with over 2,000 university students from over 115 countries attending each year.

In a grand opening ceremony, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi welcomed the international delegates to Rome, and was followed by an Italian orchestra and choir performing the awarded charity single “We Are the World.” Deree student Pavlos Zoumbouloglou said, “delegates from all corners of this earth were singing as a whole, as if we had known each other for years!”

To take a break from the conferences, the delegates visited Vatican City, where Pope Francis spoke to them in St. Peter’s conference hall. “Pope Francis’ call for love and unity, regardless of race or religion, reaffirms us of the special and unique character of this conference,” said Pavlos.

Head Delegate of the Deree team Artemis Kakaris said, “I feel very grateful for the opportunity to meet students from all over the world who are passionate, driven, and determined to make a difference. I met two students from South Sudan who assisted internally displaced people and visited schools to raise awareness about AIDS through a UN subsidiary organization.”

“After endless hours and hours of research and Committee Work, after meeting people from all continents and all socioeconomic statuses, there’s not much to do but reflect” said Pavlos, remembering the wise words of Pope Francis: “The greatest benefit is your time together, your encounter with people from around the world, who represent not only our many contemporary challenges, but above all, the rich diversity of talents and potential of the human family.”

Debating in Belgrade, Helsinki & Thessaloniki

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Over the past year, the Deree Debate Club has participated in several international debating tournaments, including the World Universities Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, and the Belgrade and Helsinki Open Tournaments.

“Being from Zimbabwe, visiting Serbia was a fascinating experience, and so was debating abroad for the first time ever. The best way to improve your debating skills is to interact with speakers from abroad who do things differently!”
Tsungirirai Madume

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“Debating in Helsinki, a quiet and peaceful city with divergence of views, made me realize that improving your arguments rather than raising your voice is the only way for intellectual enrichment.”
Vasilis Michailidis

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Thessaloniki was the most stimulating debating experience of my life. Great events and socials, an amazing opening ceremony which kind of reminded me of the Olympics in 2004, and a ton of competition with over 400 teams from all over the globe. Defeating English teams was the highlight of my experience I think!”
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London: Following in Shakespeare’s Footsteps

In April, a group of Pierce C Gymnasium and A Lyceum (Year 9 and Year 10) students went on the unique educational trip to London, UK, “Footsteps of Shakespeare,” supplementing their studies with a visit to immerse themselves in the English culture as they have learnt it through the literature they have studied in their English classes.

In the span of 5 memorable days, the students visited Stratford-upon-Avon, the focus of this year’s trip, and other towns and cities associated with a literary or historical figure such as Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury.

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Tennis in Belgrade 

Over Easter, the Pierce Tennis Team took part in a thrilling tournament in Belgrade, Serbia. The team had the opportunity to train alongside some of the best tennis players of their age group!

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Thank You ACG Supporters: You made all this possible!

The American College of Greece is deeply honored by the support of hundreds of individuals, organizations, and companies that give generously of their time, energy, and resources.

As the academic year comes to an end, we wish to express our gratitude to all alumni and friends, whose contributions throughout the year have helped us organize a series of successful events in support of our mission to provide more opportunities to our students, and to be of service to society.

Pierce Christmas Bazaar

The 2015 Pierce Christmas Bazaar, a heart-warming student celebration filled with musical medleys and Christmas stories, offered our 800 visitors an abundance of Christmas cheer, tasty food, warm drinks, and gifts, most of which were created by our students with the support of in-kind donors.

Together we were able to raise a total of € 30,000 euros in financial aid, services, and in-kind donations, to reinforce the scholarship fund for Pierce students.

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Pierce Open House

Next up came the annual Pierce Open House, a joyful student festival. In the spirit of our school’s motto “Non ministrari, sed ministrare, students teamed up to support the Pierce Scholarship Fund, the Alexandra Hospital’s wing for abandoned newborns, the PIKPA Penteli Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Aghia Paraskevi soup kitchen.  

Thanks to the valuable contribution of guests and donors, the event was a huge success! We welcomed over 4,100 visitors on campus, including 750 alumni, and together we raised almost double than in the previous year, totaling to € 96,535 ($107,772) in cash and in-kind donations.

The 2016 Open House also saw a tremendous increase in the number of in-kind donations, with almost 110 companies providing unparalleled support. The many in-kind donations this year provided goods in support of the event, and led to the record-breaking number of 430 lottery prizes.

We look forward to breaking even more records with you at Pierce Open House 2017!

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Senior Class Giving

The Senior Class Giving Campaign (SCG) is a way for graduating students to honor their college years and to pass on ACG’s culture of giving to the next generation of students. Each year, seniors keep their legacy alive by choosing a cause such as funding a new scholarship or a project that will benefit the College and its future students.

This year’s senior class found inspiration in the College’s past as an educational refugee from Smyrna, and its 140-year legacy of philanthropy and solidarity. Moved by the current humanitarian crisis, they decided to gather funds to offer a valuable gift to a young refugee fleeing war: a scholarship to study at Deree.

The SCG campaign is still on-going, but 8 companies have already supported the students in their effort by providing gifts for a fundraising lottery, and bringing the students one step closer to fulfilling their goal of helping a young person reclaim their future.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can support it, here.

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Thank you!

These are just a handful of the ACG and student activities and events that are made possible every year thanks to your in-kind support! Each donation made has strengthened our mission to provide more opportunities to our students and to educate them as socially responsible citizens, ready to give back to the society.

To learn about all the ways in which you can support ACG, please click here or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations:

Mary-Irene Triantafillou (Deree ‘89), ACG Executive Director of Development t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1239 or [email protected]
Maria Laina (Deree ‘94), ACG Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1035 or [email protected]

May – June


To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations: In Greece, t. +30 210.600.9800,  email: [email protected]. In the US: Office of Development, t. +1 857.284.7908 – [email protected].

The American College of Greece (Pierce-Deree-Alba) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution that was founded in 1875. It is the oldest and largest American college in Europe, offering secondary, undergraduate, and graduate studies as well as programs in professional education. ACG is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the most prestigious accrediting organization in the United States, and has a degree validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom. The College enrolls approximately 4,000 students and has over 50,000 alumni who live and work in dozens of countries around the world.

           

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To Our Annual Fund Donors

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Together you have made a difference, thank you!

The American College of Greece would like to express its gratitude to all of you who have supported the school through an Annual Fund donation. You prove that there is incredible strength in numbers. Every donation, no matter the size, is meaningful as it all adds up to make a significant difference in the lives of so many ACG students.

From President David G. Horner:

Few educational institutions share ACG’s mission: “To add distinctive and sustainable value to our students, Greece, American education, Hellenic heritage, and to the global community through transformative teaching, scholarship and service.”

To achieve this mission, ACG has placed great emphasis in recent years on providing students with financial assistance – through scholarships, grants, work-study and internships. The need for such assistance has grown dramatically with the Greek economic crisis. ACG’s goal for 2015-2016 is for more than 2,000 students to receive assistance (42% of all ACG students), up from 20% in 2012-13. Annual Fund donors have significantly assisted in this effort as 100% of their donations are credited towards this goal.

Our students are the future; they have the ability to change the world, armed with the knowledge and experience gained during their time at ACG. Annual Fund donors, by supporting ACG’s financial assistance program, play an important role in the journey of our students.

To find out more about how you can support ACG and students through the Annual Fund, please click here.

To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please click here, or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations:

Mary-Irene Triantafillou (Deree ’89), ACG Executive Director of Development t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1239 or [email protected] Maria Laina (Deree ’94), ACG Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1035 or [email protected]

March – April


To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations: In Greece, t. +30 210.600.9800,  email: [email protected]. In the US: Office of Development, t. +1 857.284.7908 – [email protected].

The American College of Greece (Pierce-Deree-Alba) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution that was founded in 1875. It is the oldest and largest American college in Europe, offering secondary, undergraduate, and graduate studies as well as programs in professional education. ACG is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the most prestigious accrediting organization in the United States, and has a degree validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom. The College enrolls approximately 4,000 students and has over 50,000 alumni who live and work in dozens of countries around the world.

           

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Marinos Zenios: A Deree Alum Remembered Through an ACG Memorial Scholarship

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Eighteen years have gone by since the untimely death of Marinos Zenios Deree ’86 alumnus, but Marinos was never forgotten thanks to the generosity of UBS Warburg (formerly the Dillon Reed Bank), his colleagues, friends and family who, in 1998, established an endowed scholarship at The American College of Greece in his memory. ACG is tremendously grateful to all who, despite the loss they experienced, decided to turn their grief into a gift that will be there to support ACG students in perpetuity.

Marinos graduated from Deree with a degree in Computer Information Systems in 1986. An excellent student, he continued his studies at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and was employed thereafter by the New York branch of Union Bank of Switzerland until his untimely death in 1998 when Swissair Flight 111 crashed near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.

Marinos wrote next to his photo in his class yearbook:

“How come I only got 26 out of 25 for the test?” Bye Zenix we’ll miss your hilarious multiple choice tests and your great sense of humor.

Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of Spring

Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling:

The Bird of Time has but a little way

To flutter – and the Bird is on the Wing

-Omar Khayyam-

“I thank Deree for adding flame to the fire and direction to the Bird’s flight. There are friends and moments that will always be part of me.”

Marinos’ parents who see their child’s memory live on through this scholarship confess that: “This scholarship provides us with the satisfaction of being able to provide an opportunity to a talented child to make the most of his/her abilities (as Marinos did).”

Stefan Schmitz, friend and former colleague of Marinos, continues to support the scholarship in his memory with yearly gifts thus expanding the assistance provided. “Marino was a very influential and caring person when I started my career in NYC.  I enjoyed his company, his sense of humor, and the work atmosphere he created in our group.  By contributing to the Marinos Zenios Scholarship Fund, I hope that his spirit will live on in the many deserving recipients”, said Mr. Schmitz.

Konstantinos Giannopoulos, recipient of the scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year, recognizes the assistance received and expresses his gratitude: "Solidarity, bundled with high standards of education, is the most valuable tool in today's society. I'm truly grateful for the given opportunity." The scholarship is meant to provide assistance to a promising entering or continuing student of limited financial resources that has declared Computer Information Systems and/or Information Technology as his/her major, following Marinos’ path.

For more information on the Marinos Zenios Memorial Scholarship click here.

If you would like to add funds to this scholarship, create a scholarship fund at ACG, or contribute to any of the other existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations:

Mary-Irene Triantafillou (Deree '89), ACG Executive Director of Development t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1239 or [email protected][email protected]

Maria Laina (Deree ’94), ACG Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations, ext.: 1035 or [email protected]

February


To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations: In Greece, t. +30 210.600.9800,  email: [email protected]. In the US: Office of Development, t. +1 857.284.7908 – [email protected].

The AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE (PIERCE-DEREE-ALBA) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution that was founded in 1875. It is the oldest and largest American college in Europe, offering secondary, undergraduate, and graduate studies as well as programs in professional education. ACG is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the most prestigious accrediting organization in the United States, and has a degree validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom. The College enrolls approximately 4,000 students and has over 50,000 alumni who live and work in dozens of countries around the world.

           

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P&G Scholarship

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Housing for Greek Students from out of Attica

The American College of Greece would like to express its gratitude to P&G Hellas who believe in our mission and vision, and have partnered with us to support the Housing in ACG Residences for Greek Students from out of Attica program, which started this Fall 2015-16.

P&G’s Mission

P&G’s mission is to make products and services of superior quality and value, aiming to improve the lives of people now and for generations to come. They are committed to making our every day better, in small but meaningful ways when taking care of our home, our families and ourselves, at moments such as shaving, brushing teeth, caring for our baby, cleaning the house or doing the laundry with well known trusted brands such as Gillette, Ariel, Oral-B, Fairy, Always and Pampers.

This is a company with a long history of supporting local communities in every market they are present in since their establishment more than 175 years ago. More specifically for Greece, their focus during the recent years of the unprecedented financial crisis is in helping the country return to growth and in this context, amongst other programs, they support young people gain access to a quality education so that they can explore their full potential. This is now needed more than ever and it is really crucial for the future of our country. P&G values integrity, leadership, ownership, trust and passion for winning and considers its people who are mostly recruited as young graduates and are consequently educated and developed internally, its most important asset.

The Scholarship

Being a company with the home in focus, P&G channels its corporate social responsibility acts at global level around providing the home essentials to those in need. Combining the global strategy with the local need, P&G is committed to helping provide DEREE students the experience and comfort of home when needed, by funding the Housing in ACG Residences for Greek Students from out of Attica program.

Through this effort, P&G Hellas supports two entering DEREE students by covering their full, annual residential fees for a double room, so that they can attend and enjoy Fall and Spring semester, and Summer Session I, without the added burden of worrying about housing.

This scholarship by P&G Hellas lightens the financial burden of families who wish to send their children to Athens to study at DEREE, offering the students a value added experience in a safe, comfortable, and enriching environment, as well as access to a world of opportunities, and a holistic student experience with a full range of co-curricular and extra-curricular programs at DEREE. Thank you P&G Hellas!

To find out more about this scholarship, please click here.

To check out what other opportunities P&G might have in store for you, visit their career page here.

To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please click here, or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations:

Mary-Irene Triantafillou (DEREE '89), ACG Executive Director of Development t. +30 210.600.9800, ext.: 1239 or [email protected]

Maria Laina (DEREE ’94), ACG Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations, ext.: 1035 or [email protected] – [email protected]

January 2016


To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations: In Greece, t. +30 210.600.9800,  email: [email protected]. In the US: Office of Development, t. +1 857.284.7908 – [email protected].

The AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE (PIERCE-DEREE-ALBA) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution that was founded in 1875. It is the oldest and largest American college in Europe, offering secondary, undergraduate, and graduate studies as well as programs in professional education. ACG is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the most prestigious accrediting organization in the United States, and has a degree validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom. The College enrolls approximately 4,000 students and has over 50,000 alumni who live and work in dozens of countries around the world.

           

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140 Years of ACG: Thank you to our Founders!

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This year we celebrate our 140 years and we want to say thank you to our Founders that continue to support the school!

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was among the first American Christian missionary organizations, established in 1810 by recent graduates of Williams College. In the 19th century it was the largest and most important of American missionary organizations.

The founding of the ABCFM was inspired by the Second Great Awakening. In 1806, five students from Williams College in western Massachusetts took shelter from a thunderstorm in a haystack. At the Haystack Prayer Meeting, they came to the common conviction that "the field is the world" and inspired the creation of the ABCFM four years later. The objective of the ABCFM was to spread Christianity worldwide.

In 1812, the ABCFM sent its first missionaries to British India. Between 1812 and 1840, they were followed by missionaries to the following people and places: Tennessee to the Cherokee Indians, India (the Bombay area), northern Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka), the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii); east Asia: China, Singapore and Siam (Thailand); the Middle East: (Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, the Holy Land and Persia (Iran)); and Africa: Western Africa—Cape Palmas—and Southern Africa—among the Zulus.

The American Collegiate Institute for Girls, as the school was first named, was founded in Smyrna in 1875 by a single female spirited Boston missionary named Maria West. Miss West had first sailed to Ottoman Turkey in 1852, settling in Constantinople and teaching herself Armenian. After numerous adventures, she returned to Boston and in 1876, she went back to Smyrna with an ambitious goal as The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) had agreed to her suggestion that she establish a school for girls in Smyrna. “That I am reappointed to the Western Turkey Mission is a source of heartfelt gratitude to God,” she wrote. “That Smyrna is to be my future and, I trust, my final field of labour, causes my cup to overflow.”

In 1961 the ABCFM, or the American Board, merged with other similar societies to form the United Church Board for World Ministries, an agency of the United Church of Christ. In the same year, the College was incorporated in the State of Colorado,with a Board of Trustees established, authorizing the College to grant Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees. Following this, in 1964, PIERCE was officially recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education as equivalent to Greek public high schools.

To this day, the United Church Board for World Ministries holds up an endowment fund in support of PIERCE, from the income of which it makes annual donations to ACG in support of scholarships to PIERCE students. More specifically, through this endowment they have committed to assist “any girl, needy, and worthy; regardless of race, color or creed.”

December 2015


To learn about ways to create a scholarship fund at ACG, or to contribute to existing funds, please visit www.acg.edu/giving or contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations: In Greece, t. +30 210.600.9800,  email: [email protected]. In the US: Office of Development, t. +1 857.284.7908 – [email protected].

The AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE (PIERCE-DEREE-ALBA) is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational institution that was founded in 1875. It is the oldest and largest American college in Europe, offering secondary, undergraduate, and graduate studies as well as programs in professional education. ACG is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the most prestigious accrediting organization in the United States, and has a degree validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom. The College enrolls approximately 4,000 students and has over 50,000 alumni who live and work in dozens of countries around the world.

           

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