SHERMAN OAKS, Calif.—The Law Offices of Hovanes Margarian have announced the winners of the 2013 Margarian Scholarship. According to Armen Margarian, “The selection process was extremely difficult in light of the large number of highly qualified applicants. 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 winners and award them with $1,000 each.”
On August 20, 2013, all scholarship winners, applicants, letter of recommendation writers, family members, friends, and all community members at large, are cordially invited to attend the awards and networking reception at Le Foyer Ballroom by LA Banquets.
“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; Armenians who all exhibit a passion and a clear dedication for the Armenian heritage, culture and nation. The ideas of ‘power in unity’ and ‘strength in knowing the right people’ truly resonated in our minds,” stated Hovanes Margarian.
It is with this objective in mind that the awards and networking reception will be tailored to allow the winners, applicants and prominent community members from various professions to meet and network, say the event organizers. They want students to have an unprecedented chance to develop mentorships, internships and employment opportunities.
“We sincerely hope to have all community members join us in extending to all applicants our guidance and support in future academic and career endeavors. These students are the future of our community, of Armenians both in the Diaspora and in our homeland. Their individual success, coupled with their devotion to our common cause, is the ultimate way to bring salvation to the Armenian people. This is why we hope that the event will be well attended by established professionals from various fields to provide the much needed support for the future generation,” stated Hovanes Margarian. “Much too often our community events are focused on prominent leaders and the students are left in the shadows of those who have risen to the top. This event is about putting the spotlight on the students,” added Margarian.
“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. In light of the extremely competitive applications, we have revised the categories to award five individuals with equal $1,000 awards. It would be unfair to distinguish between the five 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,” stated Armen Margarian.
The 2013 Margarian Scholarship winners, in no particular order, are:
Ara Yeghikyan from Yerevan, Armenia: 2 years of military service on the front line in Artsakh, distinguished academic record at University Jean Moulin Lyon, France, French University of Armenia, Armenia, and 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, distinguished academic record at Yerevan State University, Armenia, National Academy of Sciences of 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, distinguished 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, distinguished academic record in high school and college, admitted UCLA undergraduate, extensive community service, and much more.
Rafik Mughnetsian from Los Angeles, CA: multitude of awards and recognitions, distinguished academic record in high school and at UCI, extensive community service, including service to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, and much more.
All interested in attending the awards reception are encouraged to RSVP online at margarianscholarship-efbevent.eventbrite.com. Admission is free to all. Hosting will be provided complimentary by LA Banquets.