The Award

The SEKA Scholarship for Environmental Studies is funded by family and friends of Spiros Koulouris, MD, who died March 29, 2021. It is for students at OCCC who demonstrate a passion for learning and have career goals that involve protecting the environment.  

Dr. Koulouris studied Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Aerospace Medicine in Paris, France, and Neurological Surgery at George Washington University, D.C.  But his most stimulating courses were those he took at OCCC after retiring from Neurosurgery…. courses in Geology, Astronomy, Physics, Marine Biology, and Mathematics.  

Born and raised on the historic Ionian Island of Corfu, Greece, Dr. Koulouris was an independent thinker fascinated with the Cosmos and planet Earth.  Spiros had a huge heart, especially for the underdog, for he knew that experience well growing up poor during the Second World War in occupied Corfu.

Keep Up to Date

Stay tuned through the student application process, the award ceremony, and the great work SEKA Scholarship recipients go on to do. We’ll keep you posted on News section of the website.

Spiros Koulouris

Spiros grew up in Corfu during World War II. After a 38-year career in Neurological Surgery, Spiros immersed himself in courses at OCC. Geology. Oceanography. Astronomy. Mathematics. Physics. This supplemented his lifelong passion for History.

Spiros’ wife Betsy, sons James and Andrew, their wives, Anjie and Courtney, and his grandchildren Isabelle, Wesley, Anderson, and Travis are grateful for your interest in this memorial award.

Click here to read an article about Dr. Koulouris’ journey.

Contributions to SEKA

SEKA honors Spiros Koulouris’ love for our earth, oceans, and space. The award aims to stimulate support for the learning experiences provided at Orange Coast Community College.

Donations to SEKA fund the scholarship, which is distributed through the Orange Coast Community College Foundation.

Any donation amount is appreciated, honors Spiros, and gives momentum to this legacy.

How to Donate

Once you donate, you will automatically receive a confirmation email with 501(c)3 information. The foundation with mail an additional record to your home address.

By Phone

Call 714-432-5749 to speak to Rene Kinn at the Orange Coast College Foundation.


Click here to donate online.

Mail Check

OCC Foundation
Attn: Rene Kinn
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Checks Payable to:

OCC Foundation
In memo box write: SEKA


Thirty-eight years ago, Spiros gave his soulmate a book of poems by C.P. Cavafy. He inscribed the front cover with a quote from the poem “Ithaka” where Cavafy speaks of odyssey, homecoming, and gratitude.