WATERTOWN, Mass.—The deadline is fast approaching for college and university students to submit scholarship applications to the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications are due on April 20, 2019.
A number of scholarships are awarded by AIWA annually, ranging in value from $500 to $5,000, to full-time female students of Armenian descent attending accredited colleges or universities. Students from the United States or abroad entering their junior or senior year in college, as well as graduate students, are eligible to apply for the awards, which are based on merit as well as financial need.
For the current academic year, AIWA (including the Central Board as well as its affiliates) awarded over $75,000 to graduate and undergraduate students from the United States, Canada, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and other countries in fields ranging from mathematics and architecture to government, public administration, medicine, art and design.
New this year was a scholarship of $5,000 in the name of an AIWA founder, Olga Proudian, awarded annually to a student in the field of diplomacy. This award is provided under the auspices of the AIWA-New England affiliate.
AIWA’s scholarship program was initiated with the Agnes K. Missirian Scholarship, which was established in 1996 in memory of the professor of management at Bentley University and strong advocate for women’s rights. Over the years, grants have been added in the names of Ethel Jafferian Duffett, Lucy Kasparian Aharonian (for students in the sciences), Mary V. Toumayan, Hripsime Parsekian (for a student in the field of international relations), Dr. Carolann S. Najarian, Azniv Melidonian and Rose A. Hovannesian.
The AIWA-Los Angeles Affiliate awards annually five Hasmik Mgrdichian Scholarships of $5,000 each. The Mgrdichian Scholarships are available to California residents.
AIWA also grants several tuition scholarships to students at the American University of Armenia, including $5,000 to fund two Alice Kanlian Mirak Scholarships there.
To be considered, applications must be postmarked on or before April 20, 2019. They may be downloaded from the AIWA website or requested from AIWA at 65 Main St., #3A, Watertown, MA, 02472. For more information, call 781-237-6858 or email. California residents are advised to apply directly to the Los Angeles affiliate.
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