North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is proud to announce that Nicholas J. Mene­gakis Coates, a grad­uate stu­dent in the university’s School of Jour­nalism, has been selected for a pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship from the Alpha Omega Council, an orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes Hel­lenic ideals, focusing on cul­ture, charity, acad­emia, and pro­fes­sional achieve­ment in the Greek Amer­ican community.

The $5,000 schol­ar­ship, which is named after Council founder and long-​​time Hel­lenic Chron­icle pub­lisher Peter Agris, is awarded annu­ally to jour­nalism and com­mu­ni­ca­tions stu­dents of Greek Amer­ican her­itage who demon­strate active par­tic­i­pa­tion in their uni­ver­si­ties, com­mu­ni­ties, and churches.

Mr. Coates is one of six recip­i­ents to be chosen this year, out of a pool of more than 148 appli­cants, world­wide. The Agris Schol­ar­ship will help him con­tinue his grad­uate studies at North­eastern, where he also serves as a teaching assis­tant for former U.S. News and World Report for­eign cor­re­spon­dent, Nicholas Daniloff.

Coates was selected in part for his jour­nalism expe­ri­ence, having worked at The New Hamp­shire Union Leader, The Granite State News, and The Tele­graph. Equally impor­tant was Coates’ record of public ser­vice, having worked as a con­sul­tant to the Inter­na­tional Com­mittee for the Chil­dren of Chechnya and a member of Facil­i­tate Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Refugee Growth & Empow­er­ment (FORGE).

Coates and his fellow recip­i­ents will be hon­ored at the Alpha Omega Council’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award Dinner on Sat­urday, June 2nd at the Weston Boston Water­front. Sev­eral former schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents, who now fill the ranks of news anchors, cor­re­spon­dents for major news pub­li­ca­tions, fea­ture writers, and pub­lishers, will be present at this event.

Without the help of the Peter Agris Schol­ar­ship,” states Coates, “I would not be able to go back to school next year, let alone pursue my future goals. I never knew Peter Agris, but his story shows that he was a man of great devo­tion to the truth and to bet­tering humanity through his writing. These are the ideals that made the Greeks a great civ­i­liza­tion. As a Greek Amer­ican jour­nalist, I want to con­tinue ded­i­cating myself to those values, and to car­rying out his legacy as a cham­pion of humanity.”

Coates is a member of the Society of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists, the National Council of Teachers of Eng­lish, the Inves­tiga­tive Reporters and Edi­tors, Inc., and the Man­chester Young Pro­fes­sionals Net­work. He is cur­rently working on a jour­nalism intern­ship in Wash­ington D.C. with the Reporters Com­mittee for Freedom of the Press, a non-​​profit that pro­vides free legal assis­tance to jour­nal­ists. He will also vol­un­teer at the Amer­ican For­eign Policy Council, the National Endow­ment for Democ­racy, and the Inter­na­tional Center for Journalists.

After com­pleting Northeastern’s master’s pro­gram in August 2008, Coates hopes to pursue either a fel­low­ship with the Nieman Foun­da­tion or a Ful­bright Scholarship.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact John Natale at 617–373-2802 or j.​natale@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.