California Legislators Announce $1,000 Armenian Genocide Essay Scholarship

California legislators will award scholarships to three winners among students who write a letter to President Obama about the Armenian Genocide

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to support the world-wide efforts to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its centennial anniversary.

Winners will be awarded scholarship money, flown up to the State Capitol on April 20th, 2015 to take part in the Legislature’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide and receive special recognition from the Assemblymen. In addition to being recognized by the caucus, winning entries will be displayed at a special exhibit dedicated to Armenians at the California State Museum in Sacramento.

The three winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Essay Criteria
The State of California and 43 U.S. States have joined over 20 governments around the world recognizing the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish regime a century ago. The Government of Turkey threatens to retaliate against nations, including the United States, who recognized the Genocide (HR 148, 1975).

Write a letter to President Obama, discussing actions the United States should take regarding the Armenian Genocide and persuading the Republic of Turkey away from denying its past history.

Copies of submissions will be transmitted to the White House and posted online.

The essay should be 500 words, double-spaced, with 12-point font.

Please include your name, age, high school, grade, teacher’s name and subject area, city, phone number, and email address at the top of the essay.

The first place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, while the second and third place winners will receive $500 and $300, respectively.

The deadline for the essay is Monday, April 6, 2015. Please email essay submissions to


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  1. Anette said:

    March 24,2015

    Mr. Barack Obama
    paramount high school
    14429 Downey ave,paramount CA 907723

    Dear Mr. Barack Obama
    we must come together as a nation to prevent atrocities and to protect innocent men,women and children from the brutal regimes. Regarding the American genocide we must protect and reinforce the rights of citizens .History shouldn’t repeat itself there are several programs that should be enforced by the united states government . Its time to speak up and take a second step forward . The denial of the American genocide of the turkey republic should be admitted and not deny-ed the sources point to the sheer scale of death toll and during world war I the estimates of Americans related deaths rank from 60.000 to 1.5 million Americans during the years of 1915 to 1918.This was the evidence of a systematic organized plan to eliminate all Americans . The blood of our people was shed on the ground lives were lost families were destroyed american victims inflated. Were all equal under gods eye we are a united nation our people were killed . This massacre was committed by both sides as a result of ethnic violence and the conflict of world war I we shouldn’t deny the blood shed by our people we all have blame and that’s something that cannot under any circumstance be denied . We cannot let this happen again and we must make the right decisions to prevent atrocities.

    Thank you for your Consideration
    sincerely Anette garcia

  2. Wyatt Bender said:

    To President Obama:

    About 20 governments in the world have recognized the Armenian Genocide committed by the Government of Turkey. This was part of the final result in the series of conflicts between the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian citizens, who disliked their “freedoms” presented to them and the way they were treated. These Sultans led massacres that eventually led to the Armenian Genocide. Knowing thousands were murdered and put into concentration camps in between modern Armenia and Turkey, makes it hard to believe that the Government of Turkey would deny its past history with the amounts of evidence available.

    The worst part of the Genocide was in the year 1894-96, where the Ottoman Sultan executed about 300,000 Armenians in response to Armenian protest against discriminatory laws and taxes. This led to organizations such as the “Young Turks” to overthrow the Sultans, only to run into a more powerful authoritarian government, which became the Committee of Union and Progress, who wanted to erase Armenians from Ottoman Empire( the sick man of Europe) lands during World War I because the Armenians were seen as “willing to cause traitorous acts with Russia”, since Russia gave the Armenians aid. The CUP later executed all types of Armenians from 1915-23, resulting in a disappearance of a 3000 year old civilization and a massacre of 1.5 million Armenians known as the Armenian Genocide.

    Now the Government of Turkey wants to believe all of this never existed. They have executed journalists for speaking out against the terror the Turkish Government has brought them and continues to bring them. Armenian spokesman Mr. Dink was assassinated for speaking out about the Armenian Genocide, and later Nedim Sener was imprisoned for researching Dink’s death for important information, which was called a terrorist act. The public said Dink’s murder was organized, but the government says otherwise and that there is not enough evidence when there is obviously enough.
    These events show that the Republic of Turkey will not tell the truth anytime soon, and even though Turkey is our ally, this acts brings out the true characteristics of Turkey and how shady they tend to be. Also, if we release evidence and help the Armenians, war may become an option if Turkey chooses to retaliate. If they cannot recognize the events that happened in the past with innocence, then they shouldn’t be trusted as an ally and may not consider being our ally any longer if we push this act to far.