The John Aravanis and John Marder Memorial Alumni Scholarships

The John Aravanis and John Marder Memorial Alumni Scholarships to children of alumni awarded to up-coming Seniors Athanasios Frangogiannis-Matsa (TOP: son of George Frangogiannis, '74) by alum and sister Eleni Aravanis and her daughter Iliana and Vicky Grant (BOTTOM: daughter of Mary Manos, '82) by Alum and Counselor Anna Makris at the June graduation. These students received a discount towards tuition for their senior year from the proceeds of the 70 Year Reunion and the kind donations from alums. We are hoping to be able to grow this scholarship to recognize our strong students and alumni who honor the school by continuing their legacy at ACS Athens. Please donate towards this year's scholarship.  

2016 funds raised: 3,080 Euros.

1,500 Euros was awarded to each student:  1000 from the fund and 500 matched from the school.  

Funds available for 2017 students:  1,080 Euros

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The John C. Aravanis Alumni Scholarship for Science and the

John A. Marder Alumni Scholarship for Leadership

The 70 Year ACS Athens Reunion marked the kick off of the John C. Aravanis and John A. Marder Alumni Scholarships for Science and Leadership Proceeds from the reunion were divided equally and awarded to two students of alumni parents or parent, beginning in 2016. ACS Athens is committed to contributing one half of the funds raised - total to be applied towards the recipient’s tuition fees, and presented to the recipient at Graduation.  A set sum will be determined according to funds raised, while an endowment fund has been created for donations to these awards for years to come.  

John C. Aravanis, class of ’76, was a student in good standing at ACS Athens.  As an ACS Athens student for many years, he consistently exemplified the qualities of an involved and caring citizen, exerting a positive influence on his teachers and peers. After graduating, he went on to study Biology at DePaul University, after which he continued his studies, receiving a medical degree from the University of Athens. He did graduate work in Nuclear Medicine, which became his medical specialty.   

He came from an ACS Athens family as his mother, Tula, taught at ACS Athens for 35 years and continues to be a member of the ACS Athens community.  John’s love and faith in ACS Athens continued through the years as evidenced by the enrollment of his children at his alma mater.  He had a strong love for the sciences, technology and aviation.  John passed in May 2008.

John A. Marder, class of ’78, also served as a student in good standing.  He showed strong leadership qualities from a young age, and was elected President of the Student Council in his senior year. John was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Most School Spirited” in his class. His father served as President of the Board at the time. He studied at Bates College and received his law degree at the California Western School of Law.

He founded the LA law firm Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP in 1994, was awarded Super Lawyer and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year for the State of California.  He was appointed by the Governor as a Member of the Chiropractic Board.  John’s love for ACS Athens continued long after he graduated, as he was the first to donate to the Dorbis Plaza, was Commencement Speaker for the class of 2002 and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees.  John passed in January 2015.

Nomination Criteria

  • A committee made up of the of the Principal, the Counselor, an AAG Steering Committee Member, the Head of Science Department, the Dean of Academics will decide upon the recipients of both awards.
  • Nominations for the J. Aravanis Award will be submitted by Science department and nominations for the J. A. Marder Award will be submitted by the Principal or Director of Student Affairs.  

J. C. Aravanis Scholarship Criteria

  •          Student must be a child of an alumnus
  •          Student must be either a current Junior
  •          Student must portray strong ethical character traits and must be personable and              appreciated by his/her classmates.
  •          Student must maintain a high academic standing, particularly in the sciences
  •          Student must show personal interest and enthusiasm in the field of science

J. A. Marder Scholarship Criteria

  •          Student must be a child of an alumnus
  •          Student must be either a current Junior
  •          Student must portray strong ethical character traits and must be personable, and appreciated   by his/her classmates
  •          Student must show leadership qualities, i.e. head at least one activity or group, must show   motivation and school spirit, and maintain a high academic standing.

If you wish to support this initiative, you may donate to the following bank accounts and/or complete the following form for PayPal. 


Alpha Bank

Sxoles Amerikanikis Paroikias Athinon – ACS

493 Messoghion Ave., Aghia Paraskevi GR - 15343, Branch 209


(Account No. 209 00 2320 003072)  Euro 

Swift Number/ BIC: CRBAGRAA

IBAN Number :. GR60 0140 2090 2090 0232 0003 072


1753 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20009, USA


American Community Schools of Athens

Rodney Square 1000 North King Str,

Wilmington, New Castle, DE 19801


Account Number: 4266646608


Routing Number: 054001725

Please include your name and reason for the donation on the deposit slip.  

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