Vandris '17 Awarded Frezza Scholarship

News  /  by Eden Fesseha '19  /  May 05, 2017

Olalla Duato '18 / The Lawrence

Panos Vandris ’17 has been selected to receive the Frezza Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding V Former of Lawrenceville. Vandris will use the award of $24,000 to pay part of his tuition at Stanford University, the college he will attend next year.

The scholarship, named in honor of Robert B. Frezza ’98, has been awarded to 14 Lawrenceville students since its inception. Until recently, it was granted to only students attending Stanford University, Frezza's alma mater. In 2013, however, it was expanded to encompass Lawrenceville graduates attending any university.

Created with contributions from Freeza's friends, family, and colleagues, the award recognizes several characteristics that the recipient possesses, including the “capacity to lead and motivate, particularly as evidenced in his or her Lawrenceville career, scholastic ability and achievement, moral force of character, priorities on friendship and family, acceptance of differences, and personal ambition.”

After winning the award, Vandris said, “In learning Frezza’s story, [...] career[,] and what impact he had on the Lawrenceville community, [...] it’s an honor to know that this individual had such a meaningful impact on those around him. That just makes me really thankful for what his family has chosen to do to preserve his legacy at Lawrenceville.”

Vandris is Student Council’s Community Service Representative, a Hutchins Scholar, a Heely Scholar, the Managing Editor of the 136th Board of The Lawrence, Head of Winterfest in Periwig, and Editor-in-Chief of Lawrencium. He is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, and at Lawrenceville, he has been recognized with the English and History Department Prizes and the Semans Family Merit Scholarship. He has long taken interest in science, a field he plans to pursue in college.

Reflecting on his decision to attend Stanford, Vandris said, “One of the main reasons I chose Stanford is that the university makes a conscious effort to meaningfully integrate the sciences with the humanities, and at the same time a vibrant energy permeates the campus that immediately drew me in when I visited.”

Vandris was initially nominated by a faculty member for the scholarship and then chosen as one of approximately half dozen finalists by a committee of Lawrenceville faculty and staff. After submitting an application comprising 10 essay questions, Vandris was notified by the scholarship selection committee of the Frezza family and other individuals on April 26.