Boston – Scholarship awards totaling $23,000 and benefiting 14 students during the upcoming academic year were announced at the Armenian International Women’s Association’s Annual Meeting, held at the Burlington Marriott Hotel on May 2.

Heading the list are the two winners of the Lucy Kasparian Aharonian scholarships of $5,000 each, awarded to students in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics. These awards are issued in conjunction with the Society of Women Engineers (Boston Chapter).

One Lucy Kasparian Aharonian scholarship will be awarded to Aikaterini Kirkorian, a native of Greece who received her master’s degree in chemical engineering from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. She has already published an article based on her academic research in the field of polymers, and she plans to pursue doctoral studies at a university in England in the fall. A talented musician (piano-keyboard, bass guitar), she plays volleyball and enjoys painting.

The other Lucy Kasparian Aharonian award goes to Maral Tajerian, a native of Lebanon who received her bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut. She is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University Medical School in Montreal. She plays the piano and volunteers her services for underprivileged children in Montreal and (during summers) to healthcare for seniors in Anjar, Lebanon.

The AIWA-endowed Lucy Kasparian Aharonian award of $1,000 will be given to Arin Aprahamian, a graduate of Arslanian College in Beirut and currently enrolled in a five-year program in architecture at the American University of Beirut.

Arminé Nalbandian, a graduate of Arlington (Mass.) High School, will be granted an AIWA scholarship in the amount of $3,000 to pursue a master’s degree in developmental studies at the London School of Economics in the fall. Chosen as commencement speaker for her graduating class at Northeastern University in Boston last year, Ms. Nalbandian is currently completing a year of study in Yerevan as a Fulbright Scholar. She has previously studied at the London School of Economics as a Hansard Scholar and has been active in numerous organizations, both on campus and off.

The Agnes Missirian Scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to Laura Rose Kavazanjian, a native of Mineola, N.Y., and a graduate of Brown University. Currently employed as program office for the William J. Clinton Foundation in Mumbai, India, she will enter a master’s program in international education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the fall.

Dr. Carolann S. Najarian Awards

Through the generosity of Dr. Carolann S. Najarian, five scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually. The winners this year are:

  • Maral Mardiros Balayan, a native of Cairo and a graduate of Misr University in Egypt, who is entering her second year at Boston University for a master’s in U.S. foreign policy and journalism. She has already amassed extensive experience in journalism in Cairo and the United States.
  • Elen Galayjian, a native of Yerevan and graduate of Gavar State Institute of Economics in Armenia. She is entering her second year of master’s studies in health administration at the University of Southern California and will return to Armenia upon receiving her degree.
  • Arousiag Markarian, a native of Forest Hills, N.Y., and a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. She is entering her sixth year of a demanding seven-year BS/MD program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. She has broad experience in internships, including summers in Armenia.
  • Stephanie Erin Stockdale, a native of Fresno, Calif., the recipient of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Fresno. She is entering her second year in an MBA program in international business and has experience and internships with both Armenian and non-Armenian organizations.
  • Vartanoush Torossian, a native of Bulgaria and holder of a bachelor’s degree, with highest honors, in cinema and photography from Ithaca College in New York. She has already amassed an impressive portfolio of film credits, and plans to pursue a degree in film directing.

Other Awards

The Rose “Azad” Hovannesian scholarship of $500 will be awarded to Sarah Varadian of Newton, Mass., who will enter her senior year in american studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. She spent the fall 2008 semester studying at Oxford University in England.

The Zarouhi Y. Getsoyan scholarship of $500 will go to Arevig Myrenie Setian, a native of Cambridge, Mass., who received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College in Michigan and will enter the master’s program at Boston College School of Nursing in the fall.

AIWA Scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to Hripsime Mkrtchyan, a graduate of Yerevan State University who is studying for her master of public administration degree at Suffolk University in Boston; and to Natalie Samarjian, a native of Lebanon, who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Los Angeles, her master’s in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and will enter law school in the fall.

Announcement of the awards was made by members of the AIWA Scholarship Committee Barbara Merguerian and Joy Renjilian-Burgy. Other members of the committee, who could not be present, are Christine Aharonian and Herminé Janoyan.