YOUNG ADULT and ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP | YOUNG ADULTS is a college and post-college ministry that enables our college, graduate and young adult population to engage with one another in an Orthodox setting through worship, fellowship, service and education. Along with spiritual edification, information is exchanged about college scholarships, retreats, camp-counselor opportunities, college conferences, social events and many more opportunities with the goal of fostering community and social interaction.
Ascension's program builds on the efforts of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), 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; and, the Young Adult League (YAL), a Metropolis of Chicago Ministry which aims to inspire and empower young adults’ holistic & authentic connection to Christ in His church.
YOUNG ADULTS Ascension is committed to building a strong and engaging ministry for this age group and maintains an email list of Young Adults who have graduated college in order to stay in contact and share upcoming events and initiatives. Please email Alex Karkazis at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list and stay connected.
CALL FOR COLLEGE STUDENT CONTACT INFO: We wish all of our college students good strength as they settle into their 2nd semester of the school year. If you are a parent of a current college student, we would like to get their contact information so we can keep in touch with them and send pastoral messages and reflections, as well as information about conferences, scholarships, online resources, camp counselor opportunities and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship ministry (OCF). Please email John Anton (email@example.com) with your student's contact information (name, year in school, cell phone, email address & college/university). Thank you!
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
All applications (CampDoc and recommendations) are due by April 25th. All counselors must be at least 18 years old and be roughly one year past their date of high school graduation (ex. after freshman year of college).
METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO Y2AM
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.
Click HERE to be directed to the YAL Chicago Webpage
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 are currently 9th grade through those who will complete the 12th grade in the spring of 2024. The dates for the Summer 2024 programs are as follows: Session One: June 25 – July 14, 2024; and Session Two: July 23 – August 11, 2024. Registration opens on February 1, 2024 at 10 am CST. 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.
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
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation releases its scholarship applications at the beginning of October each year and accepts applications from eligible Greek American college students through January. 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. Applications for the 2023/24 cycle were due on January 31, 2024. Each year the Foundation awards $250,000 in Scholarships at a Gala held in June. For more information and a link to the application, visit https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply
AHEPA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED LOCAL AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP opportunities for current high school seniors and college/graduate students.. Applications are open until mid and late March 2024. For more information, visit: https://ahepadistrict13.org/scholarship.htm#D13 and/or https://ahepa.org/education/
AHEPA LOCAL SPORTS AWARD BANQUET & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The 13th District of AHEPA sponsors an annual Sports Award Banquet which honors Greek American and AHEPA family high school and college athletes who have played any sport on their high school or college teams. HS Seniors may also apply for a scholarship. In 2023, the banquet took place on June 2nd at Fountain Blue Banquets. Applications were due May 22nd. Please visit https://ahepadistrict13.org/athletics/Current-Sports-Award-Packet.pdf for more information.
AHEPA Athletics NATIONAL Scholarship Application Available: AHEPA has a proud history of awarding scholarships to a number of deserving scholar-athletes competing at the high school and college levels. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of Ahepan(s) and or their families, often in honor of an active and committed Brother or in the memory of a deceased Brother. The grants recognize and reward the accomplishments, academic and athletic, of young Greek Americans who will be the community’s future leader(s)! An applicant must be nominated by a member of the AHEPA family. Applications are typically due in March or April of each year. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2024 PROGRAM. Applicants are due April 15, 2024.
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. The Scholarship Application is on hold during the 2023/24 Academic year. More information is available by clicking HERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.