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Siblings Set Up Two AACC Scholarships

Jan. 4, 2011

      Degree-seeking women at Anne Arundel Community College may be eligible this spring to receive one of two new scholarships established by Ioanna Morfessis, Ph.D., and sister Chrisanthe Morfessis, both of Arizona, in honor of their late mother.

      The Calliope Tsoulias Morfessis Braun Scholarship consists of an endowed $25,000 scholarship fund that will be awarded for the first time in about six years and an annual scholarship fund of $2,000 that will be awarded for the first time in spring 2011. Spring credit class sessions begin Jan. 19, Jan. 31 and March 14.

      Calliope Tsoulias Morphesis Braun, who lived in Edgewater for a decade before her death in 2008, was an accomplished entrepreneur. The daughter of Greek immigrants worked for and managed several companies as a teen and went on to help build a successful specialty construction company that designed, built, remodeled and equipped more than 600 restaurants in the 1950s and 1960s. She later owned and operated several award-winning restaurants.

      Braun cared deeply about the disadvantaged and victims of abuse and was passionate about education. The sisters initially established a fund in her name at the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County that focuses primarily on education initiatives and are funding the scholarships through that fund.

      To be eligible for the new AACC institutional scholarship, students must be women who experienced a lapse in their education, either between high school and college or while in college. They must enroll in credit classes with the intent of pursuing a degree.

      For information on how to apply for this new institutional scholarship, visit the AACC Financial Aid website at or call the office at 410-777-2203.