Winners of the 2013 Margarian Scholarship
We were pleasantly surprised to have over 100 applicants, many of whom had stellar academic records, extensive community service records and a clear devotion to the Armenian heritage. Nevertheless, we had to select only five (5) winners.
And the winners, in no particular order, are:
Ara Yeghikyan from Yerevan, Armenia: 2 years of military service on the front line in Artcakh, stellar academic record at University Jean Moulin Lyon, France, French University of Armenia, Armenia, Yerevan State University, Armenia, participation in many human rights organizations/NGO’s, and much more.
Hayk Mamajanyan from Yerevan, Armenia: associate attorney at one of Armenia’s premier international firms, Arlex International, stellar academic record at Yerevan State University, Armenia, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Armenia, and University of Oxford, England, various publications and involvement in pro bono services, and much more.
Ofelya Tevosian from Los Angeles, CA: multitude of awards and recognitions, stellar academic record in high school, college and at USC, extensive volunteering/internships, and much more.
Emma Dishoian from Los Angeles, CA: multitude of awards and recognitions, stellar academic record in high school and college, UCLA undergrad admitted, extensive community service, and much more.
Rafik Mughnetsian from Los Angeles, CA: multitude of awards and recognitions, stellar academic record in high school and at UCI, extensive community service including service to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, and much more.
We hope that our humble $1,000 contribution to these individuals’ education will help ease some of their financial burdens and allow them to continue to excel, as they have to date. We also hope that those who were not selected for the award are not disheartened by the results. In the process of reviewing applications, interviewing some of the semi-finalists, and trying to narrow down the list, we realized that the biggest reward we could give the applicants was not the modest financial award, but the opportunity to meet their fellow applicants – the brightest, most driven, and most culturally aware young Armenians. Armenian who all exhibit a passion and a clear dedication for the Armenian heritage, culture and nation. The cliché of power in unity and strength in knowing the right people truly resonated in our mind. So it is with this vision that we invite all applicants to attend the awards reception in August of 2013 (details to be announced).
In addition to all applicants, we will be inviting established and prominent members of the Armenian community from various fields to attend the reception. The event will give you an opportunity to network and establish future internship, mentorship and job opportunities.
We sincerely extend to all applicants our guidance and support in all your future academic and career endeavors. We see you as the future of our community, of Armenians both in the Diaspora and in our homeland. Your individual success, coupled with your devotion to our common cause, is the ultimate way to bring salvation to the Armenian people.
In light of the extremely competitive applications, we have revised the categories to award five (5) individuals with equal $1,000 awards. It would be unfair to distinguish between the five (5) recipients, as each of them has demonstrated merits of equal value.
Once again, we congratulate the scholarship award recipients and look forward to meeting you all at the reception.
Very truly yours,
2013 Margarian Scholarship Committee
Armen Margarian and Hovanes Margarian