Emanuel Boutzoukas, was awarded the Paterakis Graduate Scholarship through the Venizelion Scholarship Program of the Pancretan Association of America. The scholarship program is named in honor of the great Cretan statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. It aids worthy young men and women of Cretan descent in pursuit of education, learning and research through merit and financial need. Since its inception in 1936, the program has awarded more than 850 scholarships valued at over one-half million dollars to deserving students.Emanuel takes great pride in his Cretan heritage and has assumed leadership roles in both his local chapter and the national youth organization for 10 consecutive years. He believes participation in the Pancretan Association of America is essential to maintain an active role in honoring his heritage and history.