Armenian American Scholarship Guide

The ANCA is committed to helping Armenian students advance their educations by sharing information about scholarships available at various academic institutions and at different levels of learning. Students are encouraged to apply to all scholarship for which they are eligible. Some scholarships have specific school and field of study requirements. Special thanks to resources made available by The Armenite, Armenian Youth Federation, Armenian Relief Society, Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Student Association, and Armenian Assembly of America.

  • Armenian American Citizen's League Scholarship

      • Amount: Between $500-$2,000
      • Deadline: March 1st
      • Level: Undergraduate/graduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: https://aaclca.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/aacl-scholarship-application-2020-2021.pdf
      • Sponsoring organization: Armenian American Citizen’s League of California
      • Website: http://www.aaclca.org/
      • Contact information: Go to the “Contact Us” page on website
      • Description: Scholarships are awarded based on Grade Point Average (GPA), financial need, and community service/employment record. Must be a permanent resident of the United States. The student’s permanent residence for the past two years has been California. 3.0 and above GPA . Must have completed at least one semester/quarter in college as a full-time student. Must be of Armenian descent.

  • Armenian Bar Association Scholarship Program

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: June 1st
      • Level: Graduate
      • Area of study: Law
      • Scholarship application link: https://armenianbar.org/scholarship/
      • Sponsoring organization: Armenian Bar Association
      • Website: armenianbar.org
      • Contact information: scholarship@armenianbar.com
      • Description: The Program is designed to support meritorious students of Armenian descent attending, or accepted for admission to, an approved law school in the United States, Armenia or elsewhere. Recipients must demonstrate an outstanding academic record as well as a strong commitment to the Armenian community, particularly in humanitarian and/or law-related endeavors.

  • Armenian General Benevolent Union Scholarship List

    • Heritage Scholar Grant

    • International Scholarship (Study in all countries outside U.S., excluding citizens of Armenia studying in Armenia)

        • Amount: Up to $3,000 annually, available for a maximum of three years of college/university education expenses
        • Deadline: June 1st
        • Level: Undergraduate or graduate
        • Area of study: Any
        • Scholarship application link: Check the link provided for the most up to date application. Must make an account/sign in to apply. https://www.agbu-scholarship.org/dates
        • Sponsoring organization: Armenian General Benevolent Union
        • Website: http://www.agbu-scholarship.org/
        • Contact information: 212-319-6383/ scholarship@agbu.org
        • Description: Applicants must be enrolled in full-time degree programs. Armenian descent. Outside U.S. Minimum 3.2 GPA.
    • Performing Arts Scholarship

        • Amount: Can range from $1,000 to $5,000. Available for a maximum of three years.
        • Deadline: May 31st
        • Level: Undergraduate/graduate
        • Area of study: Performing Arts(music,drama,and film)
        • Scholarship application link: Check the link provided for the most up to date application. Must make an account/sign in to apply. https://www.agbu-scholarship.org/dates
        • Sponsoring organization: Armenian General Benevolent Union
        • Website: http://www.agbu-scholarship.org/
        • Contact information: 212-319-6383/ scholarship@agbu.org
        • Description: Awarded to students demonstrating exceptional artistic accomplishment. Applicants must be enrolled in full-time degree programs at highly selective conservatories or colleges/universities worldwide. Armenian descent and minimum 3.5 GPA. Citizens of Armenia studying in Armenia are not eligible for this scholarship. Non-Armenian citizens studying in Armenia are eligible.
    • Religious Studies Fellowship

        • Amount: Up to $5,000 annually, available for a maximum of three years toward seminary/college/university education expenses.
        • Deadline: May 31st
        • Level: Graduate
        • Area of study: Religious studies (theology, youth ministry)
        • Scholarship application link: Check the link provided for the most up to date application. Must make an account/sign in to apply. https://www.agbu-scholarship.org/dates
        • Sponsoring organization: Armenian General Benevolent Union
        • Website: http://www.agbu-scholarship.org/
        • Contact information: 212-319-6383/ scholarship@agbu.org
        • Description: Applicants must be enrolled in full-time degree programs at seminaries or highly selective colleges/universities worldwide. Armenian descent. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Citizens of Armenia studying in Armenia are not eligible.
    • U.S. Graduate Fellowship

        • Amount: $5,000 (average) awarded annually and available for a maximum of three years of graduate study.
        • Deadline: April 30th
        • Level: Graduate
        • Area of study: Any
        • Scholarship application link: Check the link provided for the most up to date application. https://www.agbu-scholarship.org/dates
        • Sponsoring organization: Armenian General Benevolent Union
        • Website: http://www.agbu-scholarship.org/
        • Contact information: 212-319-6383/ scholarship@agbu.org
        • Description: AGBU offers scholarships to graduate students of Armenian descent. Applicants must be enrolled in full-time graduate degree programs (Master’s, Doctoral, Professional) at highly selective colleges and universities in the United States with a GPA of 3.5 and above, as measured by the American grading system.

  • Armenian International Women's Association Scholarship List

    • Armenian International Women’s Association Scholarship

    Description: The scholarships are awarded to full-time female students of Armenian descent attending accredited colleges or universities.

  • Armenian Relief Society Scholarship List

    • ARS Scholarship Fund (Includes the “Eremian,” “Jizmajian,” “Baghdoyan,” “Baloonian,” and “Kalaydjian” Funds)

          • Amount: Varies
          • Deadline: Visit website to find updated deadlines
          • Level: Undergraduate
          • Area of study: Any
          • Scholarship application link: http://ars1910.org/Youth/
          • Sponsoring organization: Armenian Relief Society
          • Website: http://ars1910.org
          • Contact information: 617-926-5892
          • Description: Must be full time students at an accredited 4 year college/university in their country of residence or elsewhere; every student can receive the ARS scholarship up to three times by applying separately for each academic year. Must fulfill prerequisites set by the ARS entity in their region. Currently, are not recipients of a scholarship from any ARS entity in their region. Applications and requested enclosures must be in Armenian or English; any other language is not acceptable. Documents in other languages must have their official translations into English or Armenian attached. All applications must be submitted through local ARS entity; information on how to find your local ARS entity is on application page.
    • Undergraduate Scholarship

        • Amount: Varies
        • Deadline: April 1st
        • Level: Undergraduate
        • Area of study: Any
        • Scholarship application link: http://arseastusa.org/Undergraduate%20Scholarship.pdf
        • Sponsoring organization: Armenian Relief Society
        • Website: http://arseastusa.org/
        • Contact information: 617-926-3801/ arseastus@gmail.com
        • Description: The scholarships are based on Merit, Financial need, and Involvement in the Armenian Community. Recipients must be of Armenian descent and have completed at least one college semester at an accredited four-year college/university in the United States OR must be enrolled in a two year college and are transferring to a four year college or university as a full time student in the Fall.
    • Lazarian Graduate Scholarship

        • Amount: Varies
        • Deadline: April 1st
        • Level: Graduate and Doctoral
        • Area of study: Any
        • Scholarship application link: http://www.arseastusa.org/Lazarian%20Graduate%20Scholarship.pdf
        • Sponsoring organization: Armenian Relief Society
        • Website: http://arseastusa.org/
        • Contact information: 617-926-3801/ arseastus@gmail.com
        • Description: Applicants must be of Armenian descent, have graduated from an accredited four-year college in the U.S., and be in need of financial assistance – Applicants must be pursuing their studies at the graduate level (Master’s or Doctorate degree) in the field of law, history, political science, international relations, journalism, government, economics, business administration, medicine, public service, or a similar field.

  • California State University, Fresno - Armenian Studies Program Scholarship

      • Amount: $1,000 – $2,000
      • Deadline: Priority period for Armenian Studies scholarships ends March 02, 2020
      • Level: Undergraduate
      • Area of study: Armenian Studies
      • Scholarship application link: Follow the two-step process below.
      • – Step 1: Follow instructions on page below. Make sure to apply for each scholarship opportunity that you are interested in. http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/scholarships/scholarshipapplication/index.html
      • Step 2: Check website for updated ASP Scholarship Supplemental Form
      • Sponsoring organization: California State University, Fresno Armenian Studies Program
      • Website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/armenianstudies/students/scholarships-offered.html
      • Contact information: (559) 278-2669/ barlowd@csufresno.edu
      • Description: Must be a student of the California State University, Fresno who meet university and Program minimum requirements. Students working toward a minor or simply enrolling in Armenian courses are eligible for scholarships administered by the program. Annual renewals are assured for students who continue to enroll in Armenian Studies courses. Available for anyone taking Armenian Studies Program courses and not only for students of “Armenian” heritage. Students pursuing a minor in Armenian Studies are usually guaranteed a scholarship. Each year, several Research Grants are also awarded to ASP students with a high GPA interested in carrying out research in Armenian history, art, or literature under the direction of a faculty member.
      • All scholarships at CSUF are applied through the same way. Here are a list of scholarships.
        • Armenian Professional Society of San Francisco Armenian Scholarship
        • Armenian Studies Scholarship
        • G. Franklin Antoyan Endowed Scholarship
        • Nerces and Ruth Azadian Armenian Memorial Scholarship
        • Kirkor & Mary Bedoian Armenian Memorial Scholarship
        • Clara Bousian Bedrosian Armenian Scholarship
        • Norma and Bob Der Mugrdechian Armenian Memorial Scholarship
        • Donald Garabedian Endowed Scholarship
        • Albert and Isabelle Kabrielian Memorial Scholarship
        • Koren and Alice Odian Kasparian Armenian Scholarship
        • Charlie Keyan Armenian Endowed Scholarship
        • Elizabeth Koojoolian Memorial Scholarship
        • Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation Scholarship
        • Yervant, Rose, and Hovannes Levonian Armenian Educational Grant
        • Charles K. and Pansy Pategian Zlokovich Armenian Scholarship
        • Pete P. Peters Armenian Studies Scholarship
        • Haiganoosh (Agnes) and Simon D. Peterson Family Scholarship
        • Robert V. Saroyan Family Scholarship
        • Walter Sepetjian Armenian Memorial Scholarship
        • Genevieve Tatoian Armenian Scholarship
        • Telfeyan Evangelical Fund Armenian Scholarship
        • Harry & Mary Topoozian Armenian Memorial Scholarship

    Additional scholarships will be awarded from the following funds:

        • Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund
        • Armen Kandarian Foundation Scholarship
        • Elizabeth Koojoolian Armenian Memorial Scholarship
        • Isabel Lion Armenian Memorial Scholarship
        • James L. Melikian L.A. Brothers Scholarship
        • John and Lucille Melkonian Scholarship
        • John Ohanian Scholarship
        • Warren R. Paboojian Award for Editor of Hye Sharzhoom
        • Leon S. Peters Armenian Scholarship
        • Triple X-Selma Chapter

  • California State University, Northridge - Armenian Studies Program Scholarship List

    • Varaz and Karina Shamirian Annual Endowed Scholarship

        • Amount: $1,000 awarded annually
        • Deadline: April 15th
        • Level: Undergraduate – juniors and seniors for those majoring in Armenian
        • Area of study: Armenian Studies
        • Scholarship application link: www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/Armenian%20Scholarship%20Shahmirian%20revisions%20FINAL.pdf
        • Sponsoring organization: California State University, Northridge Armenian Studies Program
        • Website: http://www.csun.edu/humanities/modern-classical-languages-literatures/armenian
        • Contact: 818-677-1200
        • Description: Enrolled at CSUN as a full time undergraduate. Have an Armenian Studies Major or Minor. Must have completed (or be in the process of completing at the time of application) a minimum of two Armenian Studies courses. Must be enrolled in at least one Armenian Studies course during the academic year for which he/she is applying for the scholarship. Minimum GPA 3.0 overall and 3.2 in Armenian courses.

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship List

    • Armenian Studies Scholarship

        • Amount: Up to $50,000 for a maximum of four years
        • Deadline: May 15th
        • Level: Graduate/ doctorate
        • Area of study: Armenian studies
        • Scholarship application link: Check this page for instructions about how to apply https://gulbenkian.pt/en/grant/armenian-studies-scholarship-2020/
        • Sponsoring organization: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
        • Website: http://www.gulbenkian.pt/en/
        • Contact information: 351 217 823 000/ info@gulbenkian.pt
        • Description: Be currently admitted or already pursuing a Master or PhD degree, or a Post Doc. Modern and contemporary periods, including current issues facing Armenia and the diaspora will be privileged. Note that we define Armenian studies as broader than area studies
    • Undergraduate Studies Scholarship

      • Amount: Up to $5,000
      • Deadline: June 30th
      • Level: Undergraduate/graduate (under 25)
      • Area of study: Armenian studies
      • Scholarship application link: https://gulbenkian.pt/en/grant/undergraduate-studies-scholarship-3/
      • Sponsoring organization: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
      • Website: http://www.gulbenkian.pt/en/
      • Contact information: 351 217 823 000/ info@gulbenkian.pt
      • Description: Under 26 years old. Armenian descent. Priority is given to applicants from less developed countries, particularly the Middle East and Latin America. Scholarship is open to all academic disciplines and is awarded based on merit.

  • Constantinople Armenian Relief Society Scholarship

  • Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) Scholarship

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: See website for details
      • Levels: Undergraduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/programming/scholarships/
      • Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
      • Website: http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net/
      • Contact information: 212-686-0710 / mariab@armeniandiocese.org
      • Description: Armenian descent. The Diocese seeks students who are active in their local parishes and have assumed leadership roles in their communities. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs.

  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Scholarship

      • Amount: Varies; covers cost of tuition and provides an annual $18,000 stipend for living expenses. Publication grants vary depending on magnitude of publication.
      • Deadline: January; Publication grant deadlines are Apr. 15th and Nov. 15th
      • Level: Graduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: List of eligible universities can be found at the link below; contact your school’s financial aid or fellowship office for more information and to obtain an application. http://fdnweb.org/liebmann/application/ and guidelines: http://fdnweb.org/liebmann/
      • Sponsoring organization: Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
      • Organization website: http://fdnweb.org/liebmann/
      • Contact information: tina.gonzalez@jpmorgan.com
      • Description: Must be attending accredited university – full list can be found in application link above. Must have an outstanding undergraduate record and demonstrate financial need. Candidates can be of any national descent.

  • Dr. Elanjian Scholarship at University of Michigan-Dearborn

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: March 1st
      • Level: Undergraduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: https://umd-umich.academicworks.com/opportunities/1435
      • Sponsoring Organization: Dr. Elanjian Scholarship
      • Website: http://umdearborn.edu/fa_scholar_current_undergrads/
      • Contact information: (313) 593-5300 / umd-ask-ofa@umich.edu
      • Description: This scholarship was established by Dr. George and Isabelle Elanjian to support students of Armenian descent who demonstrate financial need, scholastic achievement and contributions to their community. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, scholastic achievement, involvement in the community and letters of recommendation.

  • Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society

  • Hazaros Tabakoglu and Hagop, Arousiag, and Arpy Kashmanian Scholarships

  • Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Scholarship

    • General Scholarship

      • Amount: Up to 50% of tuition
      • Deadline for Fall Term: May 1-10. Deadline for Spring Term: Nov. 1-10
      • Level: Undergraduate/graduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: http://www.hovnanianfoundation.am/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ApplicationFormLocalEngl.pdf
      • Sponsoring organization: Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
      • Website: http://www.hovnanianfoundation.am/
      • Contact information: 37410 52 04 17/ info@hanrapetutyan.am
      • Description: Must attend an Armenian university. Have Armenian origin (could be Armenian or another country’s citizens). Students pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at any local state universities, including American University of Armenia and French University. Showed high academic performance in high school

  • John M. Azarian Memorial Armenian Youth Scholarship

  • Knights of Vartan Avak Tahlij Scholarship Award Program

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: April 30th
      • Level: Undergraduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: http://kofv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Avak-Tivan-scholarship-application.pdf
      • Sponsoring organization: Knights of Vartan
      • Website: http://kofv.org/knights-of-vartan-scholarship.html
      • Contact information: avaktbrabed@knightsofvartan.org or daughters@knightsofvartan.org
      • Description: Eligible recipients include Asbeds, wives of Asbeds, members of the Daughters of Vartan, the children and grandchildren of Asbeds in good standing, as well as those of deceased Asbeds, who were in good standing at the time of their demise. Applicant must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program in a fully accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must have at least one year of college or university program completed. Applicant must provide all of the information requested on the application form. Previous recipients are not eligible.

  • Margarian Scholarship

      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: June 1st
      • Level: High school juniors and seniors, college undergraduate/graduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: http://margarianlaw.com/Scholarship/
      • Sponsoring organization: The Margarian Law Firm
      • Website: http://margarianlaw.com/
      • Contact information: scholarship@margarianlaw.com
      • Description: Commitment to heritage, community, and society are characteristics taken into consideration when choosing recipients. Note that this scholarship will not be determined solely on the basis of G.P.A. or economic hardship.

  • National Association for Armenian Studies and Research Grant/ Knights of Vartan Fund for Armenian Studies

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: Quarterly deadlines are March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, December 15th
      • Level: Graduate/post-doctoral
      • Area of study: Armenian studies
      • Scholarship application link: http://www.naasr.org/pages/grants-academic-outreach
      • Sponsoring Organization: National Association for Armenian Studies and Research and Knights of Vartan
      • Website: http://www.naasr.org/
      • Contact information: 617-489-1610/ hq@naasr.org
      • Description: The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) is prepared to consider applications for grants for research within the field of Armenian Studies.

  • Pepperdine School of Law Armenian Student Scholarship

  • University of California, Berkeley Armenian Alumni Scholarship List

    • Hrayr Terzian Armenian Alumni Scholarship

      • Amount: $1,000
      • Deadline: June 30th
      • Level: Undergraduate/graduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: http://ucbaa.org/scholarship-programs
      • Sponsoring organization: UC Berkeley Armenian Alumni
      • Website: http://ucbaa.org/
      • Contact information: contact@ucbaa.org
      • Description: Must be a UC Berkeley student of Armenian descent, sophomore year undergraduate or higher (graduate students included).

  • University of California, Los Angeles Scholarship List

  • William Ervant Docter Educational Fund

      • Amount: Up to $5000
      • Deadline: May 31st
      • Level: Undergraduate/graduate
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: https://www.stmaryaac.org/copy-of-eligibility (updates yearly)
      • Sponsoring organization: William Ervant Docter Educational Fund
      • Website: http://www.stmaryaac.org/
      • Contact information: 202-363-1923 / stmarychurchdc@gmail.com
      • Description: Must be a citizen of the United States. Must be of Armenian ancestry (those with two parents of Armenian ancestry will be considered first). Must show need for financial assistance. Must demonstrate excellence in his/her chosen field, whether pursuing academic studies, a trade, or special training. Must pursue studies/training in the United States or Canada.

  • Vahan Adjemian Scholarship

  • Henry and Helen Kalpakian Scholarship

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: Check website for updated deadlines
      • Level: Undergraduate (sophomore and up)
      • Area of study: Liberal arts (humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences)
      • Scholarship application link (check for yearly updates): https://dornsife.usc.edu/css-application/
      • Sponsoring organization: USC Dornsife
      • Website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/
      • Contact information: 213-740-5930 / admission@dornsife.usc.edu
      • Description: Must attend USC. 3.2 GPA and above. Response to essay prompt. Given to students who demonstrate the ability or desire to further the interests of individuals of Armenian descent in the fields of humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. Renewable, provided students reapplying each year wish to be considered, and subject to the student’s demonstration of superior academic performance.

  • St. Stepanos Armenian Church Scholarship List

    • Haytaian Family Scholarship

      • Amount: Varies
      • Deadline: Check website for updated deadlines
      • Level: College Sophomore and up
      • Area of study: Any
      • Scholarship application link: https://ststepanos.org/scholarship-2/
      • Sponsoring organization: St. Stepanos Church
      • Website: http://ststepanos.org
      • Contact information: 732-229-3661 / stepanoschurch@aol.com
      • Description: Must be a member of the St. Stepanos Church. Must be a Sunday school graduate of St. Stepanos Church or have served the church in a specific way (choir, altar boy, etc). Must be enrolled as a full time student and have completed one full year of academics at a four year accredited US college by the time the application is submitted, OR must be enrolled in a two year college and be transferring to a four year college or university as a full time student for fall/spring of the upcoming year.

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