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PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Awards Gala ​ ​ ​



CHICAGO - The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation (PHSF) awarded $260,000 in scholarships to 45 students of Hellenic descent pursuing a higher education in the U.S. at its annual gala held at the Hilton Chicago in June. 

Recipient of this year’s Paradigm Award was former White House Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump, Reinhold Richard "Reince" Priebus. “As the world around us changes rapidly and brings us new and complicated challenges, faith is what keeps us centered, education is what prepares us, and history is what already provides a blueprint,” Priebus said. 

Some 550 guests attended the black tie event, which included two cocktail receptions, an awards ceremony, dinner, live entertainment, $10,000 grand prize raffle, and an after party. Mistress and master of ceremonies were TV personalities and PHSF alumni Trish Christakes and Pete Zervakis.

Launched in 2002 by the late businessman and philanthropist Chris P. Tomaras, the PHSF gala celebrates the academic and business achievements of students and professionals of Hellenic descent.

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*Portes Magazine is a digital & print publication celebrating Greece. It is a collection of words & images highlighting select destinations, tastes, art, history, design, ecology & more. The publication features interviews with inspirational people. Proceeds from subscriptions benefit merit scholarships & cultural projects.