Onassis Foundation

The Program in Modern Greek Studies at UIUC has received a commitment in 2015 for a $60,000 gift from the Onassis Foundation  for three academic years, 2015-18 ($20,000 per academic year). This gift inaugurates a collaboration between MGS and the Onassis Foundation. The collaboration also includes sponsorship of visiting scholars in Hellenic Studies to UIUC.

A few words about the Onassis Foundation:

The mission of the Foundation is to support, organize and run activities in the areas of culture, education and social solidarity. Established in 1975, the Foundation has achieved the following:

  • Support of Hellenic Studies in numerous Academic Institutions all over the world
  • More than 6,500 scholarships, granted to Greeks and non-Greeks
  • Support of various Greek educational institutions, ranging from Universities to public elementary schools, especially in underprivileged areas, including also Special Education Schools
  • Support of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
  • Urban renovation projects (e.g. Re-Think Athens)
  • Organization of the annual Onassis Science Lectures Series in Crete, a highly respected global scientific conference
  • Digitization of the Foundation's Hellenic Library, providing access for students/academics to invaluable books and manuscripts
  • Establishment of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens
  • Various sponsorships, mainly behind educational, cultural and social causes, in an effort to counter-balance the effects of the severe crisis in Greece

In 1999 the affiliate Onassis Foundation (USA) Inc. was established in New York City in order to disseminate Hellenic civilization and culture throughout North and South America and Canada.

The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, was inaugurated in December 2010, with the mission of promoting modern cultural expression, supporting new Greek artists and investing behind education and lifelong learning.