Support CYA, Support Study Abroad

Thank you for believing in our mission to provide an affordable, quality study abroad program for all students in the rich environment of Greece.

“Ε Υ Χ Α Ρ Ι Σ Τ Ω”

Your generosity in support of CYA helps us continue the tradition of providing students with the opportunity to take the journey of a lifetime and allows us to continue our work on new projects and exciting opportunities for future generations of CYA students.

Here’s how your support is having an impact on CYA.

Philanthropy impact on CYA
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CYA is the premier choice for study abroad in Greece, dedicated to the highest quality study abroad education, offering an academically rich and rigorous curriculum, extensive study travel, and impressive faculty.

CYA’s ascent throughout the years has been driven by the generosity of our alumni and friends. By giving to CYA, you help secure the present and guarantee the future of our institution.

Donations make so many things possible: from the continuous improvement of our facilities to the development of new courses, the funding of professor sabbaticals and research, inviting renowned visiting professors, and granting student awards for those less fortunate, and more.

Whatever your motivation, you’ll find many ways to make a difference at CYA.

Student support

Today, CYA is able to extend its curriculum beyond the classics and humanities and well into the social sciences, attracting students from all fields of study.
Philanthropic support has helped us expand our course offerings in areas that are attractive to today’s students who are interested in developing skills and preparing for their future profession.
At the same time, financial support has allowed us to offer scholarships to students since too many will go on to graduate from the home institutions with student loans that may burden them, influencing, therefore, the career choices they make after graduation.
Your gift combines to create life-changing opportunities to our CYA students.

Faculty support

CYA’s most important academic strength remains the quality of its faculty and its ability to attract bright new instructors with research interests. Faculty development remains a priority and a number of institutional regulations are in place to promote it, such as sabbaticals and travel grants to present in academic conferences abroad.
CYA’s faculty is also the driving force behind our institutions student development and life-changing experience. Philanthropic support helps us ensure that current faculty thrive in teaching and participate in workshops on improving teaching methodology.

CYA Priorities

A key component in the institution’s ability to advance its academic priorities and fund strategic opportunities stems from the generosity of alumni and friends. Here are a few of CYA’s most important priorities and opportunities for which ongoing financial support is needed:

Annual Fund

Each year CYA asks its alumni and friends to support its Annual Fund. This fund is critical to securing the necessary growth so that CYA may remain competitive and to maintain the overall health of the organization.

Why give to the annual fund?

  • CYA changed the direction of your life and you want many more students to have this opportunity
  • This is your way of saying “Thank you” to CYA
  • You understand the critical importance that study abroad has on the development of global citizens that will understand the cultural differences and the intricacies of the world
  • The Annual Fund offers the opportunity for the highest quality of services to be maintained and allows us to provide additional programs and experiences for students

Named Scholarships

What better way to support a deserving CYA student than through a named scholarship? You can honor a special person and give the incredible experience of College Year in Athens to an academically qualified student who would not otherwise be able to attend.

The following scholarships were established in honor of people closely involved with the founding of CYA

  • Ismene Phylactopoulou Memorial Scholarship: This endowed scholarship, in memory of Ismene Phylactopoulou, founder and first Director of College Year in Athens, was created by the contributions of alumni and supporters of CYA.
  • George S. Phylactopoulos Memorial Scholarship: Partly funded by Dr. and Mrs. George Hatsopoulos, this scholarship was instituted to honor the man who had a critical involvement with College Year in Athens from its inception and for over 30 years.
  • Raphael and Jean Demos Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Trustees so that the names of two great educators who encouraged and influenced the Program from the beginning may be continually honored.
  • George N. Hatsopoulos Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship, focused on rewarding ambitious and goal-oriented students of strong enterprising spirit, was established by CYA in 2019 in order to pay tribute to the vital leadership exemplified by George N. Hatsopoulos, the longest seated Chairman of CYA’s Board of Trustees and the driving force during CYA’s formative years.

The following scholarships have been established to recognize the important contributions to the Program made by dedicated educators who were involved in the development of College Year in Athens

  • H.D.F. Kitto Scholarship: H.D.F. Kitto taught Ancient Greek Language and Attic Tragedy for CYA between 1965 and 1980.
  • Catherine Koumarianou Scholarship: Catherine Koumarianou taught Modern Greek History and Modern Greek Language between 1966 and 1991, and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2007.
  • Robert Lane Scholarship: Robert Lane taught Philosophy between 1974 and 1997.
  • Harry L. Levy Scholarship: Harry L. Levy taught Advanced Ancient Greek in 1971-72 and was a member of the Board of Advisors from 1966 to 1981.
  • Kimon T. Giocarinis Summer Scholarship: This scholarship for summer study has been established to honor a learned educator who served CYA loyally and with distinction as Director of Studies for 30 years.

The following three awards are also given annually

  • Harold Evjen Scholarship: This is an annual award of $1,000 to a classics major, funded by Professor Hara Tzavella Evjen in memory of her husband, Harold (Hal) Evjen who taught Ancient Athletics at CYA in 1994-95 and again between 1999 and 2002.
  • The Alumni Award: This award of $500 is supported by the generous donations of former CYA students.
  • Caraganis-Welt Scholarship: This is an annual award of $1,000 to a history major, funded by Mrs. Joan Caraganis Jacobson, CYA ’65, in honor of her parents.

Class Gifts

It is commonly known that there is strength in numbers and that a group of people has more influence or power than one person. CYA classes can benefit from this and maximize their ability to make an impact by working together as a group and pooling their resources. These generous initiatives are a wonderful way for graduated classes to leave their mark on CYA and be remembered for the years to come. Kindly contact Erica Huffman at so that we may discuss together the needs of CYA and how your “Class Gift” may assist our efforts.

Thank you for considering a gift to CYA!



There are a number of ways of making your donation to College Year in Athens:
   Gifts by credit/debit card can be made online


   Gifts by check should be made payable to College Year in Athens and mailed to:

College Year in Athens
PO Box 390890,
Cambridge, MA 02139


  Wire Transfer Gifts. You can wire funds directly to CYA from your bank using the information provided below. To ensure proper crediting, please include your name and intended gift purpose.

Receiving Bank: Bank of America, 100 Federal Street Boston, MA 02109
ABA Routing #: 026009593
Account #: 0000501-69735 (College Year in Athens, Inc.)
Memo/Reference: Donor name, degree/year, and intended gift purpose (i.e., annual fund, scholarship, etc)

* Please notify when you have made the transfer.


  Gifts of Stock. By transferring appreciated stock to College Year in Athens, you may be eligible for a tax deduction equal to the full fair market value of the stock, avoid the capital gains tax on the stock’s increased value. In order for the gift to be acknowledged, it is important to notify CYA of the type and amount of stock you will be giving. You may do this either personally or through your agent or broker. Please contact our Bursar for details. Tel: 617.868.8201 or


  Planned Giving. Planned gifts to CYA are a convenient way for a donation to be committed to in the present as part of a person’s estate planning and allocated at a future date. These gifts may include bequests, charitable trusts, gifts of retirement plan assets, gifts of life insurance policies, and gifts of tangible personal property. If this kind of donation is of interest to you, kindly contact and we will assist you in reviewing the various options.


  Matching Gifts. An easy way to double (or triple) your donation to CYA is to find out if your company has a matching-gift program. Many companies will offer employees and spouses such a possibility. This is a wonderful way for CYA to benefit two fold or even more from your generosity and literally allowing your donation to have a greater overall impact. Kindly check with your human resource department if this is a practice which they follow and CYA will do what is necessary to follow up. If your employer is interested, please request a matching gift form from them and send it completed with your gift.


→  Amazon SMILE. If you shop on Amazon, you can support CYA by using Amazon’s SMILE program. Simply choose College Year in Athens as your charity.

How does AmazonSmile work? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to the eligible charitable organization of your choice. To learn more go to:

Giving amazon Smile

Please note: purchases made using the Amazon Shopping App, or through the Kindle Store are not currently eligible for SMILE donations. Also, these donations, made on behalf of, are not tax deductible.

Give to CYA

By giving to CYA, you can help secure the present and future of an institution which has been dedicated to the highest quality study abroad education since 1962. Donations make so many things possible from the continuous improvement of our facilities, to the development of new courses, the funding of professor sabbaticals and research, to inviting renowned visiting professors and granting student awards for those less fortunate to name a few.

Thank you for believing in our mission to provide an affordable, quality study abroad program for all students in the rich environment of Greece. Your generosity in support of CYA helps us continue the tradition of providing students with the opportunity to take the journey of a lifetime and allows us to continue our work on new projects and exciting opportunities for future generations of CYA students.

DONORS 2020-2021

In the list below we have combined all gifts, including matching gifts, received between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Thank you again for your generosity and support.

Benefactor $25,000 and above

Patron $10,000-$24,999

Sponsor $5,000-$9,999

Supporter $1,000-$4,999

Contributor All other gifts

* Partial donations designated towards the William C. Kontes Memorial Scholarship


Mitchell Goldhar *

Daphne Hatsopoulos P ’83

Rob and Melani Walton Foundation *


Anonymous (2)

Andrea Hannon Brown ’73

Donnie Gould *

Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation *

Nicho Hatsopoulos ’83

David Hehman and Sarah Sperry Hehman ’95 *

Steven S. Kaminski *

Deborah and David North *


Johannes Burger (In memory of Nedi Haji-Ioannou)

John McK Camp II

Ann & Chris Cox (In loving memory of William C. Kontes) *

Anastassis & Alexandra David

Jack (’71) & Arlene Hermansen

Alexandra Kontes (In memory of our mother, Laura Staehle Johnson) *

Zoë Kontes (In honor of our mother, Laura Staehle Johnson) *

John Scarpa *

Daniel Stanton *


Evita Arapoglou

Susan Blake ’67

Alexander Boyer *

John (’69) & Lydia (Cox ’69) Chock

Eli Davis ’98

Chris Dialynas ’76

Susan And Christopher Durham (In memory of Keith Adams)

Elizabeth King Filiotis ’71

Robert & Cornelia Ireland Hallinan *

Michael & Cornelia Mayer (’66) Herzfeld

Michael ’92 and Meg Hutchinson

Yannis Ioannides *

Paula J. (Wheaton) Kemler ’81

Kim Kontes (In loving memory of my husband William C Kontes) *

Laura Kontes Ames

Mr and Ms Ulysses Kyriacopoulos (In memory of Kitty Kyriacopoulos)

Laetitia La Follette ’75 *

Ruth LoPrete

The Samuel L Westerman Foundation [Kent LoPrete ’84]

Jane Elizabeth Marshall ’71

Corey McIntosh ’99 & Tina Popson

Theo Melas-Kyriazi

David Morehouse ’89

Aleni Pappas ’99 *

Zoë Sarbanes Pappas *

James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation

Costas Petropoulos and Anthy Doxiadou

Elias Samaras

Edith and Kemp Stickney *

Anonymous *

Ciannait Sweeney Tait ’65

Chris Todd & Amelia Gomez P ’08, ’09, ’12 *

Richard Williams *

$500 – $999

Paul (Wilkinson ’72) and Christine Marie Broussard

Penelope Brownell ’82

Marc Cantwell ’00

Merina Corby ’84 (Dedicated to Dr. Nikos Yalouris)

Scott Dreher ’81 (In memory of Robert Lane)

Cindy O’Connor Gamble ’90

Elizabeth (DeFriez) Gibson ’70

David Gooding & Dawn Ahrens *

Andrea Golden

Deborah Sherman Hiipp ’78

William L. Horner — Horner & Horner L.L.C. *

James Huffman

John Isley ’71

Megan Jamison ’91

John King (In memory of Tyler King) *

Holly Lueders ’70, P ’07 & Venetia Young ’07

Bruce McGar ’72

Jane E. Osgood ’75

Christopher Penn ’72 and Diane Penn

Alexis & Mariella Phylactopoulos *

Michael and Meghan Reynolds *

John Schumann Jr. *

Phoebe Segal ’98

Liz and Dave Sheehan (In loving memory of Will Kontes) *

Jennifer Smith ’94

Nagesh Mahanthappa & Valentine Talland ’80

Polyvios & Regina Vintiadis P’95

Peter Zarifes ’83

$250 – $499

Anonymous for Phil Luhmann

Gerasimos Alivizatos

Jerry ’71 & Prilla Anderson

Mark Bevelhimer ’78

Ann Blair Brownlee ’73

Richard Brendan Burke ’89 *

Ken and Joan Marxmiller (’71) Crider

Mr & Mrs Stephen Crilly ’93

Anthony Delis *

Ann Dexter ’65

Matthew Dwyer ’89

Ken Gross and Patricia Serratore *

Jessica Holler ’81

Kip Hughes ’68

Ruthie (Chute ’63) and Whit Knapp

Cassandra Koulet ’65 & Michael Capasso

Peggy Stiffler Madden ’86

Stephen Fay ’71 & Martha Nordstrom ’71

Hedra Packman ’69 & Nora Peterman ’02 (Dedicated to Ismene Phylactopoulos and Online Lecture Series)

Florence (Keiser) Romanov ’67

John Roth ’75

Susan J. Sampliner ’76 (In honor of Mimika Demetra)

James Spiro *

Gerasimos Stamoulis ’01

Steven Toeniskoetter ’01 & Katrina Budde

Doctor Christopher Trinacty ’95

$100 – $249

Anonymous (7)

Anonymous *

Amy Thurston Berthouex ’73

Lynn Hecker Beyerle ’68

Jeff Bowman *

Edward Brzytwa III ’98

Albert Buehler III ’77

Marilyn (Thompson ’68) Cade

Lee Hawthorne Carrigan ’73

John Truex Chung ’99

Jonathan ’89 & Elizabeth Clark

Teri Weinstein Cohen ’67

Elizabeth Ely (Gilpin) Darbro ’64

Anne (’83) and Thomas Deetz

Pamela Eilenberg *

Jason (’89) & Susan (McMullen ’89) Fisher

Adam Fletcher ’03 *

Joseph Garnjobst ’89

Geiger International, Inc.

William Gerard ’98

Doctor Robin Giampapa ’01

Carol Warner Golder ’80

George M. Goodwin

Suzanne (Vargo ’87) Gorhau

Conway (Clough) Graft ’76

James Grillo ’01

Gretchen Grozier ’91

Susan Hamlin (In honor of Will’s wonderful mother, Laura.  They are both missed) *

Katherine Weld Harding ’68

Jessie Harrell ’96

Susan Ashbrook Harvey ’74

Charles Heydt ’99 *

Grace Holden ’71

Catherine Keane ’91

Jeffrey Koch ’08

Jodi Kovach (For Zoe Kontes, in memory of her brother William Kontes) *

Nicholas Linardos ’85

Bonnie MacLeod ’78

Kathleen McNamara ’67

Barbara Metcalf ’74

Margaret Miller ’86

Hans Mueller ’16

Brian ’93 & Jamie Nichols ’93

Rebecca Nordstrom ’68

Robert Norton *

Lynne Dominick Novack ’68

Catherine Pack ’95

Deanna Petrochilos ’95

Christine Petto ’85

Stacy Philpott *

Caroline (Smith) Pritchett ’67 (In memory of Sidney Goodrich)

Thomas Radko ’72

Janet (Greenberg) Razulis ’76

Leo Riegert *

Thomas Roby ’78

David & Heather (Broxson ’92) Rostker

Steven Schultz ’71 (In memory of my brother Terry Tharp)

Katherine Schwab ’75

Katherine Thatcher Shields ’96

Clifford Shultz ’76

Sharon Slodki ’70 (In memory of Ismene and George Phylactopoulos)

Amazon Smile

Susannah Snowden ’94

Tim Spiekerman *

Mr. and Ms. Costas Synolakis (Emmanouil Synolakis)

Megan Telfair ’94

Michael Tilson *

Rev. John Tolley ’71

Julie and Jim Vick *

Karen D. Vitelli ’65 (In honor of Steve Diamant, thanks for four years of dedication to students)

Justin Vorhis ’09 *

Christina West ’97

Kalliope White ’08

Matthew Whittington ’06

Travis Wilson ’91

Mitchell Wolin ’79

Alexander Kayne & Jody Yetzer ’93

Amy Rugo Zahler ’00

Andrew Zaroulis ’00 & Lindsey Wyckoff ’00

$1 – $99

Anonymous (9)

Anonymous *

Anonymous Alum ‘82

Greatful Alum of CYA ‘87

Gregory & Karen ’99 Amis

Read Baldwin and Wendy MacLeod *

Daphne Benichou ’91

Sara Bliss ’03

Margaret Bolster ’89

Jack Bonatakis ’15

Sarah Buchanan ’06 (In honor of Robert Sutton)

Donald Byrne III ’90

Lindsay Carter ’12

Blaike M. Cheramie ’20

Patrick Conry ’11

Christopher (’01) and Melissa Cordes (Jim and Elaine Cordes)

Kate Gurfein ’05

Jarita Davis ’95

Jo-Ann Miller Ecker ’70

Jim Ferguson & Alisa Hurley

Jon Garrey ’10

Melanie Gaum ’15

Stephen Geneseo ’84 (In honor of John Camp’s success as an educator and archaeologist)

Wade Goldman ’81

Adam Goldwyn ’02

Steve Gratwick ’90

Wendy Greene ’69 (Paying it forward with love)

Michael Griffith ’85

Ariana Gunderson ’13

Stephanie Gunning ’83

Alison Hilton ’68

Jennifer Holland ’99

Mariann Hosler ’03

Julia Hotz ’14

Kosmas Kontos & Erica Huffman ’93 *

Mary Kay Karzas ’74

Fani A. Kralios

Alina Larson ’90

Eleanor Lindsay ’67

Aarohi Mahableshwarkar ’19

Luke Mariewicz ’04 (Istoria Melissinos)

Jesse Matz *

Thomas Maury ’73

Kelly McMahon ’99 (In memory of Pat McMahon) *

MIke Miliard *

Sophia Kyriakodis Milinkovic ’99 *

Roland Moore ’83 (In honor of Marinetta Papaheimona)

Jennifer Palinkas *

Patrick C. Pallisco ’19

Daniel Perkey ’08

David A. Poggemeier ’78

Ian Seltzer ’08

Maro Sevastopoulos ’98

Alexander Simrell ’15

Dr. John Koutsoyiannis & Maria N. Strouzas ’02

Elizabeth Godfrey Terry ’75

Lambros Theofanidis ’09

Jennie Tucker ’66

Curtis Vreeland ’72

Jerrick Wee ’16

Kevin Wright ’14