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St. Photios National Shrine Announces 2022 Metropolitan Iakovos Memorial Greek Language Scholarship Essay Contest – Affiliates

Announcing the National Shrine of Saint Photus

2022 Metropolitan Yakovos Memorial Greek Language Scholarship Essay Competition

On the recommendation of the Board of Trustees of the St. Photios Foundation Inc. , and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, St Photos National Shrine is proud to announce that the annual Greek Essay Contest has been renamed the “Scholarship Essay Contest for Memorial Scholarships of St. Photos Shrine of Metropolitan Yakovos”. The Shrine is proud to announce the theme of this year’s annual Greek Essay Contest, which reflects the welcome of immigrants to this nation. Photius National Shrine celebrates the first Hellenic settlers to arrive in the New World, as well as celebrate the many immigrants to the United States and their experience in this nation.

Many of these immigrants came to America via Ellis Island in New York City and had seen the Statue of Liberty upon entering New York Harbor. There, at the base of Lady Liberty, a plaque is commemorated with the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, with the most famous phrase, “Give me your tired, poor, huddled masses longing to breathe free…”

Essay contest topic

In an article written in Greek, please discuss why and why lines from Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” found at the Statue of Liberty in New York City are still relevant to our nation?

“Give me your trouble, poor man,

Your assembled masses long to breathe freely,

The miserable trash from the beach is teeming with you.

Send these, the homeless, the storm to me,

I’m raising my lamp by the golden door!”

Essay contest details

  • Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 19 and be permanent residents of the USA or Canada.
  • Max word count: 1,000
  • One article will be selected as the winner by a panel and will receive a file

$1,000 prize.

  • All participants will receive a certificate.
  • All articles become the property of the Shrine of Saint Photius and can be used in many articles

Publicity purposes, always with the name of the secondary author.

Submit articles no later than March 3, 2022 by email to: Polexeni Maouris Hillier, Executive Director of the Shrine of St. Photios National Shrine in [email protected] The winner will be announced on Friday 25 March 2022.

2022 Metropolitan Iacovos Memorial Greek Scholarship Essay Competition

Made possible by the generosity of Stella Kokolis, M.Ed. ,

President of the Greek American Educators Association


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