The First Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Greece to be Formed with Substantial Grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
16 May 2013

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced today a significant new grant for the creation of the first Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Greece. The purpose of the grant is to provide academically gifted students in Greece the opportunity to attend advanced educational programs. The establishment and operation of CTY Greece is part of the Foundation’s €100,000,000 ($130,000,000) initiative to help relieve some of the dire consequences stemming from the financial crisis in Greece.

The Foundation’s grant to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth will allow CTY in collaboration with Anatolia College in Thessaloniki to create the first Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in Thessaloniki. CTY Greece, which will provide programs for bright students from Greece and Southeastern Europe, will welcome its first students in the summer of 2014.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s grant guarantees both the immediate and comprehensive operation of CTY Greece, providing students in financial need with the opportunity to attend classes through a number of scholarships. CTY Greece will identify and offer academically advanced students, ages 5 to 18, from across the region, comprehensive summer, online, and weekend programs. CTY programs feature challenging course work, innovative teaching methods, and new academic experiences designed to foster intellectual development and a love of learning.

John Zervakis, Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, remarked: “Education is a central axis of the Foundation’s actions and initiatives, which recognizes that supporting this area responds to people’s constant need for development and, therefore, promotes social development. In view of the above, the operation of CTY Greece, through the Foundation’s grant, recognizes the particular learning needs of the country’s talented students and provides them with innovate teaching infrastructures, new possibilities for personal and intellectual development, and hope for a better future”.

Simeon Brodsky, Director of CTY International, after thanking the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for this grant and its initiatives for supporting the new generation, added: “CTY’s fundamental mission is to become a global voice, supporting and encouraging the academic ability of talented youth in Greece, while contributing actively towards their education and intellectual development.”

Dr. Panos Vlachos, President of Anatolia College, said: “The benefits of this strategic collaboration for society are multiple. Through the creation of CTY Greece at Anatolia College we will now be able to identify talented youth from all over Greece and provide them with the opportunity, through this program, to cultivate their talents, while also giving them the chance to join a wider network of other like-minded young people”.

In order to provide an introductory glimpse into the summer programs of the Center for Talented Youth, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation is also offering full scholarships to 10 students (13-16 years old) from Greece to participate in this year’s three-week CTY summer programs held at CTY sites at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., or in Dublin, Ireland. CTY will select the students, who will attend programs from July 14 to August 2, 2013.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is focused on recognizing academic talent in exceptional pre-university students and supporting their growth by providing them with courses and other services and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. The Center, which has reached more than 500,000 bright students through its programs since its founding in 1979, is an incubator of ideas and innovation for the United States and beyond.

CTY enrolls international students from 120 countries in summer and online programs and partners with countries from around the world whose leaders seek to develop educational strategies to improve the creativity and innovation of their future citizens. Over the last decade CTY has worked with countries in regions ranging from Central and Southeast Asia to Central and Southern Europe and from the Middle East and North Africa to the Southeast Europe.