Why we're thinking scholarships: Monique and George Christakis
Monique and George Christakis, a radiologist and cardiologist, respectively, are the calibre of people who might have gone to independent schools in their youth, if their families had the means to send them.
Now, they are providing that opportunity to their son Theodore, Year 2, and also to talented boys whose families need some level of financial support for their sons to attend the College.
"It's about who's got talent, no matter their background," says Monique Christakis.
The Christakis family has supported the College regularly for more than a decade, giving to the Horizons community-service program, the College Priority Fund and the UCC Scholarship Fund.
In January 2011 they established the $100,000 Christakis Family Scholarship in perpetuity.
As volunteers, the Christakis's also co-chaired UCC's Council of 1829 for three years, which recognizes the school's leading benefactors. Their son has attended UCC since the introduction of kindergarten. He is an excellent student and active in the College band, and on the volleyball and swim teams.
"Theodore loves the whole package," says his mother. "For us, UCC offers all-encompassing value — in its teachers, programs, facilities, and in the College guidance counsellors' direct connections to reputable post-secondary institutions. Ivy League schools actually come to UCC to recruit."
UCC has become a tradition for the extended Christakis family, as well. The couple's two nephews, Theodore '02 and Panos '03 study medicine at Yale University.
In terms of the College's own future, the Christakis family believes UCC is going in the right direction with more subsidized places for excellent boys who need the support.
"When such students go to UCC," says Monique, "they raise the level of the school for everyone."