In January 2015, Fr. Sotiri and Presvytera Stefanie rekindled Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) at Ascension, a national collegiate campus ministry program charged with keeping Orthodox college students connected to each other, and to the Orthodox faith, while they are away at school.   Meetings also took place with college students and young adults between the ages of 18-35 during the summer of 2021 in order to discuss ideas for building a strong and engaging ministry for this age group that fosters religious & social connections.  

To offer ideas and leadership to this important ministry and initiative; or, for information about college scholarships, camp counselor opportunities, college conferences, online resources and much more, please contact Fr. Sotiri at  Ascension maintains an email list for this ministry in order to stay in contact and announce upcoming events and initiatives.  Please email Fr. Sotiri to be added to it.

YAL Chicago 2021-22 Schedule of Activities

Click HERE to be directed to the YAL Chicago Webpage

OCF National Webpage

College is an important time to ask big questions. It can also be a time of many challenges. OCF is here to help you make Christ the heart of your college experience.




Hellenic Link - Midwest

In addition to informing and culturally enriching, Hellenic Link - Midwest assists young Greek-Americans to achieve their career goals through its scholarship program. Each year a number of scholarships for $2,000 or more are awarded at the Annual Dinner Dance. These scholarships are given to students of Greek descent who are enrolled in accredited United States colleges or universities and have completed one year of study.  This year, two $750 scholarships will also be awarded to Illinois community college students enrolled in an Associate in Engineering Science degree program.  The 2021/22 application and more information is available by clicking HERE.  Applications are due October 15, 2021.

Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation released its 2021/22 scholarship application on October 1st. The Foundation accepted applications from eligible Greek American college students through January 31, 2022. Recipients of 2021-2022 scholarships will be notified this spring.  The Foundation's mission is to promote education by providing scholarships and educational programs to Greek American students who, guided by the values of their Hellenic upbringing, have the potential to become life-long significant achievers and contribute meaningfully to society.  Scholarships are available to undergraduate students.   Click HERE for more information.


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Scholarship Programs

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offers applications for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs administered by the Archdiocese. Applications can be accessed by clicking HEREFor more information, please email or call 212-774-0283. The deadline for submitting applications in past years was in the beginning of May.  The following scholarships are administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:  GEORGE & NAOUMA (GIOULE) GIOLES SCHOLARSHIP; KATINA JOHN MALTA SCHOLARSHIP; PALEOLOGOS SCHOLARSHIP.  The George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta Scholarship are for undergraduate studies, and the Paleologos Scholarship is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from our Orthodox Christian community.

The John C. Kulis Charitable FoundationThe John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation, commonly known as the Kulis Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting religious, humanitarian, and educational initiatives benefiting Orthodox Christian and Hellenic communities worldwide.  Numerous scholarships are available. Applications are made available November 1 and due the following April 1. Please click on the link above to see the list of scholarships and their requirements.

Windy City Greek-American Scholarship Guide
Windy City Greek published the Greek American Scholarship Guide in 2017, which lists scholarship opportunities specifically for Greek-American students.

This website lists current scholarships, internships, and other opportunities available to Orthodox Christian college students in North America.  Check back often for updates.



Registration for Ionian Village’s IVNext Program, (formerly Spiritual Odyssey) for 19-24 year olds typically opens in early March.  


The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago will open registration for the summer 2022 Fanari came on March 7, 2022, at noon.   Visit the site to get more information on Counselor Opportunities.  The 2022 Summer camp dates are:

Session 1: Sunday, June 19 – Saturday, June 25, 2022
Session 2: Sunday, June 26 – Saturday, July 2, 2022
Session 3: Sunday, July 3 – Saturday, July 9, 2022
Session 4: Sunday, July 10 – Saturday, July 16, 2022
Session 5: Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2022