GLENDALE—The Armenian Youth Federation-WR announced the recipients of its annual “Nanor Krikorian” Memorial Scholarship. The selected Armenian-American students will receive aid to help them along with their academic endeavors. The scholarship awards four high school students entering college and two current college students.
The recipients are: Shogakat Chilingarian from Cal Poly Pomona, Arev Dinkjian from Providence College in Rhode Island, Ani Der-Grigorian from Rose and Alex Pilibos High school, Areni Der-Grigorian from Rose and Alex Pilibos High School, Carla Kekejian from Rose and Alex Pilibos High School, and Lucy Dishoian from Fountain Valley High School.
The AYF Nanor Krikorian Scholarship has recently just hit its tenth year, making it a decade long tradition where talented, ambitious and community-oriented Armenian students apply for a chance to receive award money which will help them achieve their academic and communal goals. The first place winner for high school receives $1000, second place takes $500, and two third place winners receive $250 each. The two college winners receive $500 each. Winners are based on how their majors will benefit the Armenian community in the future, their role in the community, academic standing, and financial need.
“I can’t help but think who will take after the Armenian teachers, the Armenian political activists, or those who will lend a helping hand in Armenia and Karapakh,” a concern raised by one of our current Nanor Krikorian Scholarship winners, Ani Der-Grigorian, showing that Armenian youth are aware of how important it to be determined and active in their community to take over these positions.
It is the current youth that stand as the next generation to fill in the empty spaces and keep the process of attaining a free and united Armenia in motion. As Karekin Njteh once said, “If you wish to see the future of a people, look into the eyes of its youth.” And so it seems that the eyes of our youth are glimmering with determination, for they are on track to make Armenia a prosperous nation.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian youth organization in the United States, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian American youth.