ARS Announces 2006 Scholarship Recipients; 2007 Applications Now Available

The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Inc. has released applications for its prestigious 2007 Eremian Scholarship. The ARS awards the Eremian Scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate merit, financial need, and Armenian community involvement. Applicants must be endorsed by their ARS regional or chapter-at-large. In 2006, 22 undergraduate and graduate students from 13 countries received the Eremian Scholarship award to pursue higher education. Those recipients were: Shoushanik Aleksanyan (Armenia), Narine Avedanian (Egypt), Hrag Berberian (Greece), Mari Besiktasliyan (France), Tamar Bouchalian (Canada), Luiza Boghosian (Bulgaria), Sosi Essajanian (USA, Eastern), Harutiun Gasbaryan (Artsakh), Dzeron Ghazarian (Syria), Ani Hagopian (USA, Eastern), Aliac Jojaghaian (England), Serko Karavani (Greece), Talar Keleshian (Lebanon), Baghdig Keshishian (Syria), Khachadour Khachadourian (USA, Western), Edgar Makarian (Javakhk), Arpi Mkrtchian (Armenia), Ruppen Nalbandian (Jerusalem), Rostom Ohannessian (Lebanon), Hrag Palian (Canada), Armen Taslakian (USA, Western), and Varouzhan Tateosyan (Bulgaria). "We are so proud of these students and are also very happy that ARS, in a small way, could help with their education," said ARS Inc. Central Executive Board Chairwoman Hasmig Derderian. In thanking the ARS, scholarship recipient and University of California, Berkeley student Khatchadour Khatchadourian wrote: "This award will help me perform my best in school, by not worrying about getting a job to pay for my tuition and focusing on academics. Having been given the chance, I would like to tell you that I am planning on continuing my studies on the Middle East and Anthropology with major emphasis on Armenian-Middle Eastern issues. I plan to travel to Armenia this summer to conduct research Armenian foreign relations, and possibly an ethnographic study of Armenian culture. Your scholarship motivates me to continue, and it pushes me to do my best. For that, I am really grateful. Applications for the 2007 Eremian Scholarship must be received by the ARS Inc. office by May 31, 2007. For information, or an application, call your local ARS office.

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