APS Announces 2007 Graduate School Scholarship Recipients

LOS ANGELES–The Armenian Professional Society of Los Angeles announced that six exceptional graduate students have been chosen as the recipients of the 2007 Scholarship Awards. The recipients are:
Christine Megerdichian is enrolled at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Harvard University, graduating with Honors (Cum Laude) in Neurobiology, receiving the Harvard Foundation Distinguished Senior Award for Excellence in Leadership. Since 2004 she has been an independent researcher for the Armenia Anti-Smoking campaign, a USAID recipient and clinical assistant to the Wellness Center in the remote mountain region of Gavar, the Eastern Region Director of Fast for Armenia, President of the Harvard Armenian Society and has published numerous publications in the Harvard Science Review and other journals.
Haig Panossian is currently enrolled at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, studying for his Masters Degree in Public Policy. He has a Juris Doctor Degree from Boston College of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Rutgers University, earning Dean’s List all semesters. This year he published in the Journal of Law and Social Change at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended Hovnanian Armenian School in New Jersey, and has always been active in the Armenian community. He has been a member of AYF, ACYOA, AGBU (New York Summer Intern) and prepared fliers and banners for 2006 Genocide Protest in Times Square.
Rachel Dodakian is attending the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Connecticut State University. She has spent a summer in Armenia helping build village schools, hospitals and churches. She has written a Research paper on American journalistic coverage of the Armenian Genocide, has written for The Armenian Reporter on the subject of Aid to Armenia, financial and humanitarian, by ArmeriCares, and has been involved in St. Hagop’s Armenian Church in Wisconsin.
Christine Telyan is attending the Harvard University Business School, MBA program. She attended Harvard College as an undergraduate where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies combined with an Honors major in Economics, Government and History, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She attended the London School of Economics and Political Science receiving a Masters of Science in International Relations (with Distinction). Ms. Telyan has been involved with the AGBU (Summer Intern), the Armenian Assembly (Wash DC internship), and has been a contributing editor for The Armenian Reporter. She has published articles in the Harvard Political Review about the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis and examined Russian-Armenian energy sector as part of her master’s dissertation. She is a member of the Harvard Armenian Society and St. Mary’s Armenian Church in New Jersey.
Katherine M. Casey is attending the University of Chicago majoring in a Masters in Armenian Studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a concentration in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. Her love of the Armenian culture began as a young girl as her grandmother instilled in her the virtues of the Armenian Orthodox Church and the skills and talents involved in Armenian cooking. Since then, she has studied the modern Eastern Armenian language, anthropology, history and archaeology of Classical Armenia and spent a winter in the Armenian Volunteer Corps in Yerevan assisting with the Armenia Tree Project, the Zatik Orphanage, and the Museum of Contemporary and Experimental Art.
Lilit Minasyan is currently enrolled at the University of California at San Diego medical school. As a transfer student from Glendale Community College with a 4.0 GPA, she was accepted to the University of California at Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, once again obtaining a 4.0 GPA and graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors in Biology. In February she participate in a Summit on the “Student’s role in Armenia’s Development” at Columbia University. She has been involved with the “Journey for Humanity” project raising awareness on the issue of ongoing genocide in the world. She is a member of United Armenian Students, an Armenian summer camp counselor, and has an Internet show twice weekly at yerevannights.com when she reads stories to children in the Armenian language.
All six recipients will be honored at the APS banquet on November 9 at The Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Facility in Burbank, California. The evening program will also honor Harut Sassounian, the publisher of The California Courier, as the APS 2007 Professional of the Year. Sassounian earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Master’s of Art degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Mr. Sassounian is the Founder and President of the United Armenian Fund and Senior Vice President of the Lincy Foundation. In addition, the APS will award gran’s to four major universities and colleges in Armenia. All those who would like to support the APS Scholarship Fund and this worthwhile cause are cordially invited to make a donation to the scholarship fund and to attend the festivities that evening. The evening will also highlight dancers from the Lark Conservatory. For more information please contact Araxie at (818) 891-3200.


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