HERITAGE GREECE® 2021 POSTPONED DUE TO CONTINUING COVID-19 CONCERNS
The National Hellenic Society (NHS), sponsor of the annual Heritage Greece® program at The American College of Greece, has announced the postponement of this year’s program until 2022, citing the risks and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the complications associated with international travel during this period.
NHS noted that the decision by its Board of Directors was driven by “an abundance of caution” for the safety, health and well-being of Heritage Greece® student participants as well as peers, faculty, staff and team members from The American College of Greece.
NHS also announced that all Heritage Greece® applicants accepted for participation in the 2021 Heritage Greece®Program will be eligible to participate in either of the Program’s two sessions next year. This includes applicants who graduated or will graduate from their college or university in 2020 or 2021. Candidates with pending applications will remain in place for consideration next year.
The National Hellenic Society stressed its continuing commitment to the future of the Heritage Greece® Program for the long-term. “We are inspired by the Program’s impact on Heritage Greece® Alumni, and we await the opportunity to welcome many more to the ranks of the NHS family in the years ahead,” NHS announcement concluded.
The Heritage Greece® Program is an unforgettable educational and cultural immersion experience for North American students of Hellenic heritage, shared with students from the American College of Greece in Athens. Heritage Greece® connects Greek American and Greek Canadian College & University-age students to their Hellenic roots by allowing them to spend two intense weeks exploring Greece in all its facets.
Heritage Greece® was developed by the National Hellenic Society (NHS) as part of its mission to celebrate, preserve and disseminate Hellenic heritage in the United States. In 2019 the Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) of Canada joined the effort and sponsored the first Greek Canadian student participants.
Heritage Greece® is a gift from the NHS to American students of Hellenic descent, comprising of tailor-made educational and cultural activities that make for an impactful immersion experience. The itinerary includes an insider’s perspective of some the world’s most important museums, as well as archeological and historical sites. The cultural component includes a broad array of activities from a Greek language class to dance and cooking classes with experiential learning activities throughout Athens. The experience is shared with a peer group of ACG students who participate actively in what Heritage Greece® alumni have described as a life-changing experience.
The Heritage Greece® experience continues beyond the visit to Greece, as the participants then matriculate in the Heritage Greece® Alumni Network. The NHS continues its commitment to play a role in helping HHeritage Greece® participants advance and develop in their careers, and as ambassadors of Hellenic heritage and part of the NHS’ extended family.
- be currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students
- be Americans or Canadians of Greek descent*
- be 18-26 years of age
- never or seldom have been to Greece in the past
- have GPA of 3.0 or above
* Greek descent is defined as having one or more parents, grandparents, or great grandparents born in Greece or Cyprus. Please note that siblings or first cousins of past and/or current participants, who meet the program’s eligibility criteria, may participate in Heritage Greece® 2021 on the condition that they reimburse NHS for all expenses related to their participation.
The Heritage Greece® Program is the National Hellenic Society’s and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation’s contribution to keeping Greek heritage and identity vibrant and relevant in North America.
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