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AIWA Scholarship Awards – 2019-2020

AIWA is proud to announce the Scholarship Recipients for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. We look forward to learning about your continued success!




Carla Kekekjian

Salt Lake City, Utah, with a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles, entering her 3rd year of a PhD program at the University of Utah in Communication Sciences and Disorders.




*Angelina Antonyan

Royal Oak, Mich., entering her senior year at the University of Detroit-Mercy, in Biology (Pre-Med).

Svetlana Gabrilyan

Almaty, Kazakhstan, a graduate of the Kazakh-British Technical University, beginning her first year of a two-year MS program in Environmental Management at Yale University.


Edita Kirakosyan

Yerevan, a graduate of the National University of Architecture and Construction in Armenia, beginning an MS program in Architecture at RWTH, Aachen, Germany.


Araz Khajarian

Chestnut Hill, Mass., a graduate of Salve Regina College, entering her second year an MA program at Boston College in International Higher Education.

Bardy Minassian

Yerevan, with BA and MA degrees from the Komitas Conservatory, pursuing an MA in Music (Classical Guitar) at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

Elina Harutyunyan

Yerevan, with a BA in Business from the American University of Armenia, entering the Master of Finance Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Editt Taslakian

Rochester, Minn., a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with an MS in Global Health from the University of Southern California, entering the final year of Medical School at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, with a major in Pediatrics.


Alisa Terunyan

Yerevan, with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the French University of Armenia, entering Law School at the University of Chicago.




Ani Margaryan

New York City, a graduate of the French Armenian University in Yerevan, completing her MBA at Columbia University Business School.


Melissa Trimble

New York City, graduate of Lafayette College in International Relations, entering the Master’s Program at the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University.



* Marie Aaronian

Burlington, Mass., entering her Junior year at Wellesley College with a major in Psychology and Education.




Nanor Vosgueritchian

Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon, entering her Senior year at the American University of Beirut with a major in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing and Film.





Destine Kantik

Istanbul, Turkey, with a law degree from Istanbul University, entering her first year at Harvard Law School.



Ani Avetisyan

Yerevan, a graduate of Yerevan State University in Arabic Studies, who has worked on medieval Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts at the Matenadaran in Yerevan, entering her first year of a PhD program in Jewish Studies at Cambridge College, England.

Margarita Banduanyan

Yerevan, graduate in International Relations from the City College of New York, completing her MS in Global Affairs at New York University.

Julia Hintlian

Portland, Maine, with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from Harvard Divinity School, entering her second year of PhD study at Harvard University in Christianity.

* Alexandria Kazandjian

Warrington, Penna., entering her senior year at Temple University majoring in History.

Ani Keshishian

Yerevan, a graduate of the American University of Armenia in Business, pursuing an MS in Management from London Business School.


Lala Mouradian

St. Laurent, Quebec, with a BA degrees from the American University of Armenia, entering her first year of an MA program in Communication Studies at Concordia University.


*Alexandria Nahigian

Lexington, entering her Senior year at Champlain College, majoring in Early Childhood Education.

*Arusik Nanyan

Farnham, Surrey, England, entering her Junior year at University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, majoring in Music Composition and Technology.


Christine Parnagian

Cranston, R.I., a graduate of Assumption College, beginning a Master’s program as a Nurse Practitioner at Regis College.


Ani Rubenyan

Yerevan, with BA and MA degrees from the Russian-Armenian University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Finance from Central European University.


Kira Topalian

Milford, Conn, with a BA from Northeastern University, entering an MA program at Queen’s College, Belfast, in Conflict Transformation.


Lucine Torosyan

Yerevan, who did her undergraduate work at Yerevan State University in Spanish, will enter a Master’s Program in Mediation, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution at the University of Madrid, Spain.


* Sarah Tavitian

Haverhill, Mass., who is entering her Junior year at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a major in Marketing.




*Anna Doydoyan

Yerevan, entering her senior year at Yerevan State Medical University.





New England


New England Affiliate

*Hasmik Sahakyan

Yerevan, with a BA and MA in International Relations from the American University of Armenia, who has worked for several years at the American Embassy in Yerevan, will pursue a Master of Public Administration degree at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.


Los Angeles

HASMIK MGRDITCHIAN SCHOLARSHIPS (for California Residents) - $5,000 each

*Nora Galoustian

will enter her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Molecular and Cell Neurobiology and a minor in Human Rights, with plans to apply to medical school.

Meghmik Harabedian

<with a BA degree in Deaf Studies and Linguistics from California State University, Northridge, will pursue an MA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Loma Linda University in order to become a speech/language pathologist.

Tatevik Kechiyants

with a BA degree from the Yerevan State Linguistics University, will enter the LLM program at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, specializing in American Law, Arbitration, and Mediation.


*Tara Rose Kessedjian

will enter her sophomore year as Physics major at the University of California, Berkeley, with a goal of continuing on to graduate study in Astrophysics.


Julie Poladian

is entering her second and final year at the University of California, Los Angeles, for an MA in Education, with plans to be an Elementary School Teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.


*Grace Raphaella Vertanessian

is entering her sophomore year at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Economics and minoring in French, with a focus on finance and international economics.

San Francisco Affiliate

*Liana Simonyan

Political Science and International Affairs

Izabel Gevorgyan

MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language


Syuzanna Melkonyan

BS in Computer Science

Shushanik Aslyan

BS in Computer Science