Prizes and Awards

Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The College Administration and Faculty Association bestow the title of Valedictorian upon the graduating student who has not only excelled academically but who also exudes ethos, who has participated in an array of College activities, and whose personality is multifaceted.  The title of Salutatorian is conferred upon the student who meets the same qualifications and ranks second.

Howland Oratory Prize (established in 1933)
Donated by Stephanos Delta in memory of Charles P. Howland, an American philhellene and ardent advocate of the College from its first years of operation, the prize is awarded to the graduating student who places first in the composition and presentation of the most original public speech in Greek.

Delta Oratory Prize (established in 1933)
Donated by College Faculty members in memory of Stephanos Delta, the prize is awarded to the graduating student who places first in composing the best public speech in English. The procedures for the winner selection of the Delta competition are similar to those of the Howland competition.

March 25th Celebratory Speech Prize
This prize is awarded to the 11th Grade High School student who places first in the composition of a celebratory speech that is presented at the College’s March 25th  National Day celebration.  The awardee earns the title “March 25th Prize Winner.”

Three Hierarchs Prize
This prize is awarded to the 10th Grade High School student who places first place in the composition of a speech that is presented at the School’s celebration of Three Hierarchs Day.

Ioannis Vakis Prize
The Ioannis Vakis Prize is awarded to the graduating student who demonstrated the best performance in natural sciences.  This prize is awarded by the Class of 1939 graduates in memory of their classmate Ioannis Vakis, who, while serving his country as a member of the Allied Forces, was captured in the Greek mountains and imprisoned in a concentration camp in Germany, where he died in 1945.

Athletic Award
The College confers this award upon the graduating student who distinguishes him/herself in athletic performance in tandem with a spirit of generosity, team work, and positive initiative.

Alexander Petrellis Perry Prize
Established in 1979, this prize is awarded each year to the graduating student who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and character and is in need of financial aid to continue with his/her studies abroad. This scholarship is sponsored by a fund donated by Alexander Perry to Athens College and to Greek youth. 

Homer Davis Prize
Established by the Athens College Alumni Association, this prize is awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated through his/her character and conduct that he/she has espoused the spirit of service to the broader community, cultivated at Athens College, and has, therefore, distinguished himself/herself for his/her awareness of one’s civic responsibility towards society.

Parents’ Prize
Established by the Athens College Parents’ Association, this prize is awarded to a graduate from the previous academic year who was admitted with distinction to a Greek or to a foreign university and who excelled academically and displayed overall exemplary behavior during his/her High School years.

Dolasik Prize
This prize is awarded in memory of Theodosios G. Dolasik, a Class of 1941 graduate, who was arrested and executed by Germans on August 28, 1944 while serving his country as a member of a British sabotage team during the Occupation. The prize is given to the 11th Grade High School student who achieved the highest grade point average over the course of 10th and 11th Grades.  The awardee becomes the “Dolasik Prize Winner.”

Graduation with Distinction
Graduation with Distinction is awarded to students who, in the last three years of their studies, achieved a grade point average (GPA) of:
At least 18.5 (Distinction with honors “cum laude”)
At least 19 (Distinction with high honors “magna cum laude")
The highest grade (Distinction with highest honors "summa cum laude")

Special Awards
Modern Greek Award
Ancient Greek Award
English Award, in memory of Edward Capps
Mathematics Award
Natural Sciences Award (see Ioannis Vakis Prize)
History Award, in memory of Emmanuel Benakis
Music Award, in memory of Minos Dounias
A Special Award is bestowed upon a graduating student for his/her outstanding performance, special talent and interest in the respective subject.