The AIWA Scholarship Program

Since it’s inception in 1991, AIWA has been providing scholarships to women of Armenian descent to further their education and fulfill their aspirations. We provide thousands of dollars each year; we awarded $77,000 in scholarships in 2019 alone.

As a signature program of the organization, we will be evaluating the reach of the program and its relevance for ensuring future generations of women have access to the education and skills that they need to propel them to success, both personally and professionally.

For the 2020 year, we will continue to offer scholarships to women who meet the following criteria:

  • Female of Armenian descent from anywhere in the world
  • Demonstrated Financial Need
  • Full-Time Student Only
  • Attend a Accredited University/College
  • Junior or senior status or graduate student (2020-2021 year)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2

Submission requirements include the following items:

  • Official Copy of University/College Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.
  • Small (passport size) Photograph
  • Completed application (submitted or postmarked no later than April 17, 2020)

Please note that former scholarship recipients may reapply.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 are awarded in the names of:
Lucy Kasparian Aharonian, Ethel Jaffarian Duffett, Rose A. Hovannesian, Agnes Missirian, Dr. Carolann S. Najarian, Hripsime Parsekian, Olga Proudian, and others

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted or postmarked by April 17, 2020. Awards will be announced in June 2020. For questions, please contact us at

California Residents Only

The Los Angeles Affiliate of the Armenian International Women’s Association is accepting applications for the Hasmik Mgrdichian Scholarships. Five awards of $5,000 will be presented for the 2020 Academic Year.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Female California Resident of Armenian Descent
  • Financial Need
  • Full-time Students currently enrolled in and accredited College or University
  • 3.5 Minimum GPA • Certified Copy of High School/College/University transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation:

o One from an Academic Advisor

o One from a Community Representative

  • Small (passport size) Photograph

For information, please contact AIWA Los Angeles Scholarship Committee: Lily Ring Balian, hyelil@aol OR

Completed applications must be sent to Lily Ring Balian, 2311 Roscomare Roads, #10, Los Angeles, CA 90077 and received no later than April 17, 2020. Awards will be announced in June.