Homenetmen SF Scholarships Awarded

Leist and Deirmendjian in Armenia
Tamar Deirmendjian (right) and Claudia Leist (Demirjian)

Tamar Deirmendjian (right) and Claudia Leist (Demirjian)

SAN FRANCISCO, California—Homenetmen San Francisco is pleased to announce that this year’s recipients of our newly established scholarships are two of our truly dedicated chapter members, Kouyr Claudia Leist (Demirjian) and Kouyr Tamar Deirmendjian. We congratulate them both for this great achievement.

Claudia and Tamar joined Homenetmen at a young age and have been dedicated members since day one. Through their passion for Homenetmen Scouting, they worked their way up the ranks within our chapter and have become great leaders, mentors and role models for the youth in the Bay Area and the Diaspora.  Their hard work and commitment to our chapter have earned them numerous awards and recognitions.

In the summer of 2014, Claudia and Tamar participated in the 10th Pan Homenetmen World Jamboree in Armenia with 14 other scouts from our chapter.  During the Jamboree, Claudia and Tamar were in charge of insuring the safety of our 14 scouts. They worked as a team and made sure all of our scouts had a great experience in Armenia.

In addition to scouting, Claudia and Tamar have been Homenetmen basketball teammates (and the best of friends) for years and have enjoyed representing SF in many tournaments, including Navasartian Games, San Diego Games, Greek Leagues, etc.

Leist and Deirmendjian in Armenia

Leist and Deirmendjian in Armenia

Claudia and Tamar’s involvement in the Armenian community does not end with Homenetmen. They’ve both been loyal participants of AYF Summer Camp for years, both as campers and now as counselors.

Claudia has been an Executive member of AYF San Francisco’s Rosdom chapter for years and has taken on many leadership roles. In addition, Claudia spent six weeks in the summer of 2015 in Armenia and Artsakh as a member of AYF Youth Corps, helping to provide an unforgettable camp experience for underserved Armenian children in the villages of our homeland. Last summer, Claudia was an intern at the Bay Area Armenian National Committee office, assisting our ANC committee members with a variety of administrative responsibilities.

In the summer of 2016 Tamar was an intern at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. She worked in the Toxins Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems department, where she learned about California laws regarding chemical flame retardants in furniture as well as chemicals used in paper products in Bay Area restaurants. Tamar is passionate about the environment and was grateful for this great educational opportunity.

These two wonderfully worthy recipients of Homenetmen SF Scholarships are also active members of the Armenian Student Association at their schools and proudly share their passion and knowledge about our culture with their friends. Claudia (19) is currently a sophomore at the University of San Francisco, majoring in Communication Studies. Tamar (20) is a junior at UC Irvine, majoring in Earth Systems Science. They are both excellent students with exemplary grades. Our heartfelt congratulations to Claudia and Tamar for their scholarships of $1000 each, and best wishes for continued success in all their future endeavors.

Homenetmen San Francisco established a scholarship program in 2016 for our long time members who are currently attending a four year university. Information about the program and the selection criteria are detailed in our website: www.sfhomenetmen.org


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