Merit Scholarships


The Hellenic-American Educational Foundation (HAEF) has established a Merit Scholarship Program for students who successfully gain admission by examination into the College’s first year of Junior High School (grade 7) and first year of High School (grade 10).

A.  Admissions Examinations for Junior High 7th grade and High School 10th grade 

  • Students wishing to gain admission to the College will sit written exams in Mathematics, Modern Greek language and English.
  • Each of the three disciplines (Modern Greek, Mathematics, English) is graded on a scale of 100 points, with 50 points as the minimum passing score.
  • Candidates are admitted strictly on their success rate, which is the cumulative score achieved in the Modern Greek, Mathematics and English exams.
  • Candidates who do not achieve a passing score in any one of the three disciplines are automatically excluded.


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B.  Merit Scholarships

Candidates must meet the following three criteria in order to qualify for a Scholarship based on merit and need:


1. Distinction on the entrance examinations

  • Cumulative score of 80% or above on the Modern Greek and Mathematics exams

2. Desirable traits which ensure the prospective candidates' special contribution to school life

  • High academic performance
  • Exceptional ethos and personal characteristics, as well as diverse interests, that will contribute to the multicultural character of the student body
  • Special talents as demonstrated in previous academic years, including extracurricular interests and activities
  • Self-confidence and a desire to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Athens College - Psychico College

3. Demonstrated financial need

Application Procedures for Merit Scholarships

Once the results are announced, successful candidates who have achieved high cumulative scores in Modern Greek and Mathematics (160 points (80%) or above) will be invited by a Special School Committee to submit, should they wish, an application for a Merit Scholarship. The application must be submitted together with all the requisite financial and supporting documents and candidates must agree to a date for an at-home interview.

Only scores in Modern Greek and Mathematics are used as criteria to apply for a scholarship in order to provide an opportunity to those candidates who may not have taken intensive English courses to be considered for a Merit Scholarship.  Notwithstanding, candidates must obtain a passing score (50%) in English in order to be admitted to the College

D. At-home Interviews

One psychologist and one teacher from each school unit is selected by the Administration to conduct the at-home interview.  Visits are arranged and conducted using an interview guide/questionnaire expressly developed for this purpose.

A report is submitted to the Scholarship Committee which along with the application and supporting documents form the basis for the Committee’s recommendations and final selection of Merit Scholarship recipients

E. Coverage / Duration of Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships cover in full the cost of tuition, purchase of textbooks and transportation by school bus for the entire duration of the merit scholar’s studies, until such time as he/she graduates from the General High School or International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Each year, however, a review will be conducted to ensure that the conditions of the scholarship (high academic standards, scholar’s ethos and family’s financial need) continue to be met. 

Financial Aid Program

It is College policy to consider requests for financial assistance from families facing serious financial hardships in order that they may receive – wherever possible – financial assistance. Students who pass the entrance exams but who are not granted a Merit Scholarship are eligible to apply for financial assistance within the framework of the Financial Aid Program.

For further information regarding the Merit Scholarship Program or Financial Aid Program, please contact the Scholarship Office (tel: 210-6798135, 210-6798100 ext. 4775).


December 14, 2018