Scholarship Fund

2023 HAMDS Scholarships Are Now Closed. You can still submit your application early for next year's scholarships!

The Hellenic American Medical And Dental Society of Southern California is now accepting applications for the 2024 Scholarships!

Background and Summary of our Scholarships

In 1986 the “S. James Vamvas Scholarship Fund” was established in honor of S. James (Sparky) Vamvas, D.D.S, Professor Emeritus of the USC School of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This fund allows the society to provide financial assistance to medical and dental students of Hellenic descent who are from California or attend medical or dental school in California. The fund is the only one of its kind on the west coast. Since 1988 the Society has awarded approximately 160 scholarships totaling over $200,000

In 2016 HAMDS announced two new endowed scholarships. First, 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. Second, in honor of Michael N. Halikis, M.D. The “Michael N. Halikis, M.D. Scholarship” is being funded and endowed through the generosity of his loving wife Mrs. Rosalind Halikis, their son Dr. Nick Halikis, and their family.

Please follow the instructions CAREFULLY and COMPLETELY and include all required materials listed below:

DEADLINE: APPLICATION DEADLINE for all 2023 Scholarships – Friday, December 10, 2023 – The application has now been closed but feel free to collect your documents and apply early for the 2024 Scholarships!

There are three ways to apply.

    1. Online by clicking on the button above and submitting your application and supporting documentation

    1. Via Mail or by printing out the Scholarship Form and mailing it along with the supporting documentation to:Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society
      Attention: 2021 Scholarships
      1760 Termino Ave., Suite 314
      Long Beach, CA 90804

    1. Via Email to

When applying, please make sure to include the following:

    1. Transcript of grades and class standing

    1. MCAT scores

    1. Photograph to accompany application

We will also need:
Two letters of recommendation: one from a faculty member and one from a Hellenic community leader (organization, spiritual, etc.) to be send to us directly at mentioning your application.

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