YOUNG ADULT and ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
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 18-30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Upcoming Ascension events as well as Orthodox Young Adult programs, opportunities and events are posted below. Scholarship programs are also linked below.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Youth & Young Adults
The Youth & Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) is the largest and most active ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Y2AM helps introduce youth and young adults to Christ and inspires them to live out their relationship with the Lord and His Church on a daily basis. Through a broad range of programs and initiatives, the ministry works to cultivate the next generation of faithful spiritually, culturally and socially. Click HERE to visit their webpage.
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
YAL Chicago 2021-22 Schedule of Activities
Click HERE to be directed to the YAL Chicago Webpage
The Office of Ionian Village announced the dates for its Summer 2022 programs. Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesus, Greece. Each 20-day session is open to young people who will have completed grades 9 through 12. Session One: June 19 – July 8, 2022 | Session Two: July 18 – August 6, 2022. Registration for the Summer Sessions will open on March 1, 2022, at 12 noon Eastern Standard (that is 9:00am Pacific Standard) time.Click HERE for all of the information!
IV Next is the only travel-based program for young adults that has our Greek Orthodox faith as a core tenet of the program. Only IV Next combines professional development, international travel, and the Orthodox Faith into one all-inclusive program. IV Next is for participants ages 19-24 and will run from May 30-June 10, 2022
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES and LINKS
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.
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.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offers applications for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs administered by the Archdiocese. Applications can be accessed by clicking HERE. For more information, please email email@example.com 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.
OCF SCHOLARSHIP and SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
This website lists current scholarships, internships, and other opportunities available to Orthodox Christian college students in North America. Check back often for updates.