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OHIO alumnus George Kontogiannis creates new scholarship to support students in recovery


Ohio University alumnus George Kontogiannis has established a new scholarship to support students in recovery from alcohol, other drugs and addictive behaviors. He has committed $25,000 to The Ohio University Foundation to create the George Kontogiannis Collegiate Recovery Community Scholarship. 

Kontogiannis graduated from Ohio University in 1963 with a bachelor of architecture degree. He is an architect and developer and owner of Kontogiannis Companies in Columbus. 

“I am pleased to provide financial support for the recovery community at Ohio University,” said Kontogiannis. “Students in recovery are often not eligible for financial aid due to prior convictions or legal problems. I am creating this scholarship because I feel there is a need.”  

The scholarship will be administered through the Campus Involvement Center and will be awarded to one student each semester in the amount of $2,500.  

“The scholarship represents our continued commitment to supporting students in recovery,” said Ann Addington, assistant director of health promotion for tobacco, other drugs and recovery. “The scholarship will financially support students involved in the recovery community and provide an opportunity to make a college education possible for many who would not otherwise view college as an option.”

The George Kontogiannis Collegiate Recovery Community Scholarship is open to full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who have been in recovery for a minimum of six months. For more information about the scholarship and OHIO’s collegiate recovery community, contact Addington at addingto@ohio.edu.