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Three journalism students win scholarships from Greek American organization

6/13/2011  2:30 pm

Three College of Media students were selected for the 2011 Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The awardees are Peter N. Zervakis '11 JOURN, Antonia Thanas '12 JOURN and Alexis Georgiadis '13 JOURN.

The awards, given annually, are in memory of the founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle, the nation's premier English language weekly newspaper for Greek Americans. Scholarships are given to six Americans of Greek heritage who are pursuing their graduate or undergraduate degrees in the fields of journalism or communications.

The organization typically receives in the area of 150 applicants from top media departments across the U.S.

"This year, for the first time, three of the six finalists are from the University of Illinois," said Nancy Agris Savage, executive director of the organization. "We have never before even had two recipients from the same school in the same year."

All three were recognized on June 11 at the annual dinner of the Alpha Omega Council, co-sponsor of the scholarship program. Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic presidential nominee the Hon. Michael S. Dukakis emceed the event, and was assisted by Anna Christopher, a former scholarship recipient, who is currently NPR senior media manager in Washington, DC.