The Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of California (HAMDS) is excited to announce an endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Demetreos N. Halikis, former HAMDS President. The Demetreos N. Halikis, M.D. Scholarship is being funded and endowed through the generosity of Dr. Halikis’s son, Dr. Mark Halikis, his wife Janice, and their family.

HAMDS has awarded 149 ‘Sparky Vamvas’ Scholarships to 79 men and 70 women medical and dental students of Hellenic descent, totaling over $200,000 since its inception in 1988. With the Halikis’s gift to establish the Demetreos N. Halikis, M.D. Scholarship, we will be able to significantly advance the scholarship mission of HAMDS.

As we move closer to the 2016 Scholarship Ceremony & Entertainment Dinner scheduled for December 3rd, HAMDS looks forward to awarding a worthy candidate the first Halikis Scholarship.

If you are interested in establishing a named scholarship please contact HAMDS at Please know the Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society is recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fed EIN is: 33-0192846.

The HAMDS Board of Directors would like to thank Dr. & Mrs. Mark Halikis and their family for their generous gift.