AIWA Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2014-15


Aintablian, Lory – of Lebanon for a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Bonn, Germany

Vardazaryan, Armine – of Yerevan for a 1 year Bachelor’s program in Computer Vision and Robotics at the Universite de Bourgogne, France


*Dinkjian, Arev G. – Fort Lee, NJ, entering senior year at Providence College (RI) majoring in Elementary/Special Education

Davtyan, Tatevik – Washington, DC, graduate of Yerevan State University, entering 2nd year of Master’s program in International Business & Economic Law, Georgetown Law School (Washington)

Getsoyan, Dalita – Lincoln, RI, graduate of University of Rhode Island, entering 2nd year of Master’s program in Expressive Therapies (Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling), Lesley University, Cambridge MA

Muradova, Diane – Yerevan, graduate of Yerevan State University, for Master’s program in International Comparative Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Zohrabyan, Tatevik – Boston, graduate of Texas A & M, entering MBA program at Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


*Arslanian, Maral – Buenos Aires, entering junior year at the University of Texas, Austin, with a major in Government, minors in Spanish, French, and Business

Dakessian-Haltch, Lena – Burlingame, CA, graduate of UC Berkeley, entering 2nd year of Master’s at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


*Gurekian, Ava H. – Waltham, MA – entering senior year at Mt. Holyoke College with a double major in International Relations & French

*Petrosyan, Lilit – Yerevan, graduate of Yerevan State University and Institute of Contemporary Art, will study Art History at University of Manchester (England)

Haghverdian, Sevan – Kansas City, graduate of the University of Tehran (Iran), entering 2nd year at University of Kansas Medical Center for PhD in Rehabilitation Science

Nahapetyan, Sona – Durhan, NC, graduate of Yerevan State University, entering 2nd year at Duke University for a Master’s of International Development Policy

Salibian, Tamar – Glendale, CA, graduate of Mass College of Art and California Institute of the Arts, completing PhD in Media Studies at Claremont Graduate University, CA


*Baboujian, Rita – New Zarga, Jordan, entering junior year at Hashemite University, Jordan, in Architectural Engineering

Baboujian, Araz – New Zarga, Jordan, entering 6th and final year for a bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery

Ashbahian, Kathryn – native of New Rochelle, NY, graduate of the College of New Jersey, for 2nd year Master’s in General Theological Studies from St. Vladimir and St. Nersess Seminaries


Nakashian, Arpina — native of Jerusalem, graduate of California State University, Stanislaus, for 2nd year Master’s in General Theological Studies at St. Vladimir and St. Nersess Seminaries




AIWA annually awards the Lucy Kasparian Aharonian, Ethel Jafarian Duffett, Rose “Azad” Hovannesian, Agnes K. Missirian, and Dr. Carolann Najarian scholarships. 

The application period for the 2014-15 academic year is now closed.
Read about our scholarship recipients (2014-15 academic year).


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.

Scholarships Available

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.

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



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