FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism will award full and partial financial aid travel grants to qualifying campers participating in the 2018 Ionian Village summer camp program. “FAITH Travel Grants to Ionian Village” are primarily need-based financial aid awards; however, each applicant’s academic performance is also weighed into the evaluation review process.
The application is available to download at thefaithendowment.org/travelgrant for participants of Session One and Session Two. Completed applications must be postmarked by mail by the February 1, 2018 deadline. Full applicant criteria can be found at the link above. Applicants are encouraged to follow FAITH on Facebook (facebook.com/faithendowment) for program updates and award notification timelines. Priority is given to high school seniors.
Each year, Ionian Village participants travel across Greece and visit significant sites of Greek history, culture and the Greek Orthodox faith. At the end of each program, the campers return home with strengthened faith, lifelong friendships and an expanded appreciation for the Greek Orthodox Church and Hellenic culture.
“My experience at Ionian Village definitely brought me closer to my faith and would not have been possible without the assistance of FAITH. I met so many wonderful friends I know I will keep in touch with throughout my life during my first trip to Greece,” said Alec from Ohio, a 2017 FAITH Travel Grant to Ionian Village recipient.
Mrs. Elaine Jaharis, a Founder of the FAITH Endowment, Ionian Village Alumna and Chair of the Committee spoke on behalf of the Founders of FAITH, “We are sincerely pleased to offer this great program for young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect to their Hellenic roots and Orthodox faith.”
In 2017, FAITH awarded 53 FAITH Travel Grants to Ionian Village to young people from all metropolises across the United States.