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Five scholarships for Phillips Exeter Academy 2018 Summer School

The Pierce Administration and faculty take particular pride in preparing and supporting our students in developing their skills and exploring their special talents both in academics but also in their broader personal potential.

It is in this spirit that every year we select five students to attend the Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA) Summer School Program in New Hampshire, USA on full scholarship, thanks to the generous donation of the member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Greece, Mr. Spiros Bouas.  The scholarship includes all registration fees for academic courses and campus events, accommodation, airfare and books.

Students selected to attend the Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA) Summer School Program, in Summer 2018, are: Maria Evangelia Pavlidou – IB1, Anastasia Arseni – IB1, Georgia Kiourani – B Lyceum, Andreas Andriopoulos – A Lyceum, and Katerina Bakella – A Lyceum.

This year, the Phillips Exeter Academy (PEA) Summer School Program is celebrating its 100th year and the course of studies for participants started July 1 and ended August 3, 2018. All A and B Lyceum and IB1 students were informed about the framework and the stages of the selection process. The students learned about the experience of studying at the PEA Summer School from Pierce students that have already taken part in the program. Then, students interested in taking part in the selection process for the five scholarships submitted:

  • a Personal Statement
  • a Student Profile (to be found at Ms Petropoulou’s page on Blackboard)

The evaluation of the above-mentioned documents concluded to the selection of the candidates who were invited to an interview before a five-member Committee. The Committee evaluated each candidate in the areas of maturity, self-confidence, responsibility, creativity, interest and interaction with his/her classmates and selected the students to be recommended to Phillips Exeter Academy, based on the following criteria:

  • Level of fluency in the English language
  • Academic aptitude to meet the demands of the program
  • Conduct and behavior in school
  • Participation and distinctions in a variety of in-school and extracurricular activities
  • Taking on of roles and positions of responsibility
  • Potential for gaining useful experience for the future
  • Preparation for the selection of courses
  • Adaptability to new surroundings and activities
  • Ability to respond to and participate in demanding activities
  • Financial data (based on any financial assistance the family may receive)

At the end of the process, all candidates were provided with feedback on their performance and areas for improvement will be suggested. The process contributed to the development of many valuable skills which are beneficial to candidates in both their academic and professional careers:

  • Working to specific deadlines
  • Being responsible for submitting required documents
  • Writing their first Personal Statement, with guidance
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Being interviewed by an interdisciplinary Committee, including members of the Administration and Educators

Upon completion of the process, the Committee informed the donor and sent the names of the selected students to the PEA Summer School Program. Please note that selection by Pierce for participation in the PEA Summer School Program does not guarantee acceptance to the Summer School program, as the final decision on acceptance is the sole responsibility of officials of the PEA Summer School Program. All 5 students selected were approved by the officials of the PEA Summer School Program.

For more information, please contact Ms Mary Petropoulou, tel. 210 6009 800, ext. 1138. You can also visit:

In the following link, you can view the video from last year’s participation in PEA