AIWA annually awards the Lucy Kasparian Aharonian, Ethel Jafarian Duffett, Zarouhi Y. Getsoyan, Rose “Azad” Hovannesian, Agnes K. Missirian, and Dr. Carolann Najarian scholarships. In conjunction with the Society for Women Engineers Boston Chapter, AIWA also awards the Lucy Kasparian Aharonian scholarship for students in the sciences.
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.
Awards are based on financial need and merit. Due to the large number of applications, the scholarships have sometimes been divided among multiple recipients.
The Duffett, Getsoyan, Missirian and Najarian scholarships are awarded to students of any subject or major.
The Lucy Kasparian Aharonian scholarships, awarded in conjunction with the Society for Women Engineers Boston Chapter, are earmarked for students in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, computer science, and architecture.
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.