The AMAA Awards Scholarships to Needy and Deserving Students

The Chairman of the AMAA Scholarship Committee, Mr. Robert Hekemian, Jr., recently reported awards totaling of $105,000 in direct scholarship grants to college and university students for the 2009-10 academic year. This year 53 students applied and, upon verification of need and academic qualifications, 51 students were awarded scholarships. In addition, $15,000 was assigned for qualified university students in Armenia and $300,000 to various institutions of higher learning, including Haigazian University of Beirut, in Lebanon and California State University in Fresno.

“Words cannot express my appreciation for the support that I receive from AMAA for my studies at Rutgers University,” wrote one scholarship recipient. “Hard work has been part of my college life. AMAA’s scholarship aid will drive me to do more.”

Most students respond likewise as they express their appreciation to the AMAA’s Scholarship Program. It helps relieve the financial burden which otherwise makes it harder for students to focus on their work.

For over 40 years, AMAA has helped thousands of college students with scholarships, thus helping them to prepare for the future. Many past recipients have returned the favor helping others in need.

The scholarships granted this year, were provided from the income of several AMAA endowment funds established over the year for this purpose as follows: John & Sona Abadjian, John and Mary Abrahamian, Rev. Hovhannes Agnerian, Haigazoun & Angel Andonian, Dr. Robert Nerses Armen, Aynilian Family, Vahan and Grace Azadian, Rev. Antranig Bedikian, Tavit & Sirvart Bogosian, Rev. Dr. Giragos and Yeprouhie Chopourian, Giragos M. & Helen T. Churukian, Arthur Dadian, Drs. Nazareth & Ani Darakjian, Dr Haig Robert Darpinian and Berjouhie Timourian, Hagop & Esther Dohanian Family, Armine Ejdaharian/Bilezikian, Dr Meguerditch Ejdaharian, Rev. S.K. & G.T. Emurian, Ani Etoyan, Charles Mesrob Garabedian, Flora & Diane Galoostian, Leon & Matilda Giridlian, Louise Googooian, Anne (Googooian) Halford, Khacher and Puzant Guzelimian, Angele Bedrossian Hancock, Martin Hatch Jr., Hekemian Family Trust, Dr. Michael S. Hovenanian, Peter and Sara Hovenanian, Paul & Arousiag Iskiyan, Martha D. Jedidian, George & Elizabeth Jerjisian, Karekin Kaboolian, Leo Kaljian, Ohannes & Araxie Karamanoukian, Alice Odian Kasparian, Kevork H. and Sirvart Kassouny Kavouksorian, John G. Kazanjian, Jeffrey Kerbeykian, Moses & Victoria Keshishian, Dr. John Keuhnelian, Lucy Kezlarian/Philipian, Rev. & Mrs. Dikran & Yester Koundakjian & Haroutune & Salihe Berejiklian, Araxie Kouyoumjian Poladian, Hrant, Dolores and Rosanne Krikorian, Serge and Ann Krikorian, Prof. Lootfi Levonian, Yervant & Virginia Levonian, Samuel & Victoria Magzanian, Rahel & Osanna Makanian, Edward & Helen Mardigian, Albert, Henry & James Mouradian, Leon Mouradian, Murad & Yevkin Muradian, Raymond & Marie Nahigian, Nazareth, Artin & Yester Nazarian Memorial Fund, George & Alice Philibosian, Stephen Philibosian Fund, Altoon & Sarah Saprichian, Dickran & Flora Sarkisian, Krikor & Anna Sermabeikian, Berjouhi Sherene, Diran Simpadian, Edward & Hovnan Tashian, Telfeyan Evangelical Fund, Ezras & Nellie Tellalian, Dr. Jirayr & Louise Tezel and Rev. Edward S. Tovmassian.

The AMAA was founded in Worcester in 1918 and incorporated in New York in 1920, with the purpose of strengthening and supporting the Armenian people in their Christian faith and to encourage religious education as well as literary and philanthropic work everywhere. Since its founding, the AMAA has expanded its programs to 23 countries around the world.

The AMAA is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization (Fed No. 13-5670954). Tax-deductable donations should be made payable to Armenian Missionary Association of America and sent to: AMAA, 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652. Contributions can also be made by credit car through our website:

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