AIWA annually awards the Lucy Kasparian Aharonian, Ethel Jafarian Duffett, Rose “Azad” Hovannesian, Hasmik Mgrdichian, Agnes K. Missirian, and Dr. Carolann Najarian scholarships.
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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.
The Hasmik Mgrdichian Scholarships are awarded to California residents by our Los Angeles Affiliate.
Our application form for the 2017-2018 will be available in January 2017. Applications are generally due in early April, and awards are announced in May.