Karnig Alajajian donates $250,000 to ARS of Eastern USA, establishes scholarship fund

Mr. and Mrs. Karnig Alajajian

The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Eastern USA, Inc. is proud to announce that longtime community activist Karnig Alajajian of New York has donated $250,000 to the organization to establish the Alajajian Family Scholarship Fund.

“I know first-hand the difficulties students face while pursuing their higher education, so I wanted to establish a scholarship fund,” remarked Alajajian. “My younger sister’s Ungh. Sonia Bezdikian’s 45 years of dedication, commitment and passion for giving to the ARS, her trust and confidence in this noble organization, encouraged me to establish the Fund with the ARS of Eastern US,” he continued. 

The gift in perpetuity will support students of Armenian descent from the Middle East pursuing their higher education in the United States. The merit and financial-based scholarship will begin accepting applications in 2022. 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and students who will benefit from this scholarship, we thank Mr. Alajajian for his commitment, generosity and leadership,” remarked Ani Attar, chairperson of the ARS of Eastern USA. “His vision to support students is also an investment in the future of our community and homeland,” she continued.

More information for interested applicants will be made available in the coming weeks and posted on the ARS’ social media platforms.

Karnig Alajajian is the son of Armenian Genocide survivors Vahan and Agnes Alajajian, who settled in Alexandria, Egypt in search of a peaceful new life. He has two sisters: Anahid and Sonia. In 1955, Alajajian traveled to the United States to pursue his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Farleigh Dickenson University. Upon graduation, he began to work in the electronic communications field at Bell Systems while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree. 

Alajajian eventually changed his career trajectory and switched to real estate. He worked at Century 21 for more than a decade, first as a salesman then as an associate broker. In 1980, he decided to open his own real estate brokerage and mortgage brokerage firms, Anchors Away Realty and AAR Funding. He also began LAK Construction Corp. to build houses in Queens, New York. He also served as a board member at ALMA Bank. 

Alajajian is also an active member of the local Armenian community. He’s a member of the St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church of Douglaston, NY, where he has also represented his church as a delegate to the Prelacy Representatives Meeting. He is a 50-year member of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, where he engages in the theatre group. 

In his spare time, Alajajian likes to paint portraits and landscapes. He currently resides in Port Washington, New York with his wife Alice Bezazian Alajajian of 32 years. They have a daughter named Sonya and three grandchildren: Taleen, Anita and Narine. 

Armenian Relief Society Eastern U.S.

Armenian Relief Society Eastern U.S.

The ARS Eastern USA has 32 chapters located throughout the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and Southeastern regions of the United States. Please contact the ARS Eastern U.S. Regional Office ([email protected]) if you would like more information about a chapter near you.


  1. Karnig, I am proud to have friends like you who value the need to help educate the younger generation of Armenian students who are in need of financial assistance to reach their goals.
    They in turn one day will make you proud by extending the same help to the future generations. Go ARS !

  2. Karnig, your magnanimous act of giving for new generations of needy Armenian students, is a testimony of your belief that the grace & benevolence of your Savior-the Savior who sustained you up to your ripe-old age-in order to provide you with further opportunities to bring honor, praise & glory To His Name Only, & not to the “…Vanity of vanities; all is vanity” as declare by King Solomon, (Ecclesiastes 1:1 KJV) which you have often quoted. There is still “the victor’s crown” to reach for…

  3. I plead and urge all my friends and acquaintances to follow Karnig’s example and Donate! Donate! As much as you can.
    ARS provides urgently needed help to Armenians in Hayastan, Artsakh, communities in Middle East and more.
    We must support ARS in its mission.
    Thank you Sonia Bezdikian for devoting decades of volunteer service to ARS. Together with your Kouyreegs Քոյրիկս.
    I am also grateful to former volunteers like Arpie Charkhoudian and Stella Roustigian for being my surrogate mothers in the seventies when I was green behind my ears. I could never forget their love and support.
    Soseh Mayrig lives in our hearts.
    Please empower the youth support ARS now to help those in need.

    Kevork Esayan

  4. Well done good and faithfull servant says the Lord .
    We do need to build our communities and diaspora and it starts with education.

  5. My dear uncle Karl, I have always been so proud that you are my uncle and God Father. When people say I’m just like you, it makes me feel stronger in the day to day troubles knowing all you have done! God bless you for your vision and investment for the future. Amazing… but not surprising! Love you !

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