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AIWA annually awards the Lucy Kasparian Aharonian, Ethel Jafarian Duffett, Rose “Azad” Hovannesian, Hasmik Mgrdichian, Agnes K. Missirian, and Dr. Carolann Najarian scholarships. For questions, please contact us at: scholarships@aiwainternational.org.

Application/Award Calendar

AIWA is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please see below for CA residents applying for the Hasmik Mgrdichian Scholarships from AIWA-LA.

About our Scholarships

Due to the large number of applications, the scholarships have sometimes been divided among multiple recipients.

The Agnes K. Missirian Scholarship, totalling $2,000, was established in memory of Bentley College (Waltham, Massachusetts) Professor of Management Agnes Missirian, a strong advocate for women’s rights. An early and enthusiastic supporter of AIWA and its programs to advance the status of Armenian women, Dr. Missirian was a member of the AIWA Board of Directors and chaired the organization’s first international conference, in London in 1994.

The AIWA Duffett Scholarships in varying amounts were made possible through a bequest from Ethel Jafarian Duffett, a survivor of the Genocide and a pioneering career woman. A native of Kharpert, she came to the United States in the 1920s and graduated from Jackson College, Tufts University, in 1937. She spent 30 years teaching and doing biochemical research in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and retired to Orlando, Florida, where she took an active interest in promoting awareness of Armenian issues.

The Dr. Carolann S. Najarian Scholarships, 5 awards of $1000 each, are made possible through the generosity of Dr. Carolann S. Najarian.

The Lucy Kasparian Aharonian scholarship of $1,000 is earmarked for students in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, computer science, and architecture. Lucy Kasparian Aharonian a native of Lynn, MA, enjoyed a long and varied career as an educator, software engineer, and basket artist with her own studio in Maynard, MA. An active member of the Soceity of Women Engineers, she taught at the elementary, secondary, junior college, college and continuing education levels. She was associated with Raytheon, MITRE Corporation, and GTE.

Scholarships for California Residents

The deadline for these scholarships has been extended to April 30. The Hasmik Mgrdichian Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 and awarded to five deserving California residents by our Los Angeles Affiliate. For more information about these scholarships, click here.

Qualifications

  • The scholarships are awarded to full-time female students of Armenian descent attending accredited colleges or universities.
  • Students entering their junior or senior year in college, as well as graduate students, are eligible to apply for the awards.  (The Hasmik Mgrdichian scholarships for California residents are also available to sophomores.)
  • Awards are based on financial need and merit.