AEF has established this scholarship in honor of Professor Hovannisian in recognition of his lifelong dedication to the study of the Armenian Genocide. It is a merit-based scholarship for Master and PhD students pursuing studies in higher educational institutions in the Republic of Armenia, specializing in the economic, social-demographic, cultural, legal and political aspects of denial and its accrued impact on the Armenian nation.
The Foundation will cover the full tuition during the entire study and research, given that the proposed topic of research is acceptable to the Scholarship Board.
“The study of genocide, which is a gross violation of human rights, can help us understand the conditions under which acts of mass violence are likely to take place, suggesting ways in which genocide may be prevented,” states Scholarship Committee Member, Nvard Manasian. “In the case of the Armenian Genocide there is a need to comparatively conduct interdisciplinary studies that could help to assess the magnitude of the demographic, economic, political, and cultural impact on the Armenian nation in order to identify the magnitude of loss to be recovered gradually.”
The new scholarship will support the advancement of the academic debate on the possible avenues for retribution and recovery of lost human rights. Simultaneously, the scholarship would also afford the opportunity to explore the heritage rightfully belonging to an entire nation by feeding the results of this research into the state, diplomatic and public understanding and structured debate in different venues.
AEF Accepting Applications for Richard R. Tufenkian Scholarships
The AEF has also announced that it is accepting applications for the Richard R. Tufenkian Scholarships for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. Five $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to Armenian undergraduate students at an accredited United States college or university. To qualify for this scholarship, students must be of Armenian descent, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, show financial need, and be actively involved in the Armenian community.
Students who meet the above criteria should visit the AEF website for scholarship application and more information. All completed scholarship application packages must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2015, and mailed to the AEF office at 600 West Broadway, Suite 130, Glendale, CA 91204.
The Richard R. Tufenkian Scholarship Fund was established by Ralph and Savey Tufenkian in memory of their son. The $238,000 endowed fund has provided over $325,000 in scholarships since 1991. Currently, $20,000 in scholarships is awarded each year, including $2,500 to a student attending the American University of Armenia and five full tuition scholarships for students attending public universities in Armenia.
Only students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the AEF office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 242-4154.