6 March 2019

American University of Greece uses education to bridge boundaries and change lives

The American College of Greece (ACG), working together with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the American College of Thessaloniki/ACT and the American Farm School, launched the program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” providing higher education scholarships to 87 refugees.  Scholarship recipients included 24 women and 63 men, ages 18 to 40, from 14 countries to help pay for their studies at ACG for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

The primary goals of the program were to:

a) give opportunities to displaced students, many of whom are victims of wars or violence, to continue their education;

b) provide them with the knowledge, skills and academic credits they could then use in Greece or in any other European country they might move to in the future;

c) help them move beyond their identity as refugees and begin to be integrated in the local community; and

d) offer young men and women hope for the future and preparation for their professional lives.

David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece said, “ACG is a refugee institution by heritage, and we have a profound connection to refugees and a concern, as a result of that, for the refugees who in 2017 found themselves displaced and looking for safety, shelter, education, and a future. We are really pleased to have worked with people who have potential but needed some support to see that potential realized in the future.”

The Financial Assistance Program at ACG provides various levels of financial assistance based on need and/or academic achievement. The governing philosophy of the program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” is grounded in the belief that lack of funds should never prevent academically talented students from receiving a quality education. Funding for financial assistance originates from the college’s own resources and from the generous contributions of donors.

Since its founding in 1875, The American College of Greece has provided assistance to students who need help in meeting their educational expenses, thereby enabling students with demonstrated ability and promise to access a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances; over €3.8 million in need and merit-based scholarships and financial aid was awarded in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

Visit the American College of Greece´s website to learn more about “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus”