ENCINO, Calif–The Ferrahian Alumni Association (FAA) distributed its first annual awards from The Gabriel Injejikian Scholarship Fund during the graduation ceremony of the 2008 Senior Class, on June 22, 2008. This year’s $200 award recipients were Danielle Zepure Tognozzi, Sareen Matt’ Nersis, Garbis Gary Kharadjian, Andre Haig Aroyan, and Sarine Daghlarian, all of whom are children of Ferrahian Alumni parents.
The Gabriel Injejikian Scholarship Fund was established by the FAA in January 2008, through the generous donations received during the January 11, 2008 Reunion Banquet honoring Mr. Gabriel Injejikian, the founder and first principal of the very first Armenian high school in North America.
One of the goals of the FAA is to create and maintain a strong community of Ferrahian alumni by providing networking opportunities and support to its growing list of members (more than 1700 at this time). Earlier in June, the FAA hosted a lunch on the school grounds for the 2008 graduating class in order to introduce the soon-to-be members to the organization and its purpose.
The President of the FAA, Monica Patanian, congratulated and officially welcomed the new graduates as the newest members of the Ferrahian alumni family during the graduation ceremonies. Her remarks to the Seniors were followed by the surprise announcement that the FAA would be donating $20,000 toward the renovation of the gymnasium floor at the Encino campus.