On March 16, 2011, the Toronto Chapter of the Armenian General Benevolent Union held its annual scholarship awards reception at the Alex Manoogian Cultural Centre. This year’s recipients were Daron Bedrosyan, Knar Deherian, Michelle Deherian, Tamar Istanbul, Sareen Khatchadourian, Saro Khatchadourian, Tamar Makdessian, Jason Sarafian, Alisha Shahmirian, Anashe Shahmirian, Jivan Stepanian, and Khatchadour Wanes.
Chapter chairwoman Knar Basmadjian, board members Isa Basmajian and Kathy Sakarya, and executive director Salpi Derghazarian welcomed and congratulated the recipients on their achievements. The scholarship recipients talked about their ongoing education and future plans. Board members introduced the recipients to AGBU’s worldwide humanitarian programs, Youth Programs and ongoing activities at the Toronto Chapter.
Providing educational support to Armenians has been an integral part of AGBU’s mission since its founding in 1906. For more than 80 years, the AGBU Scholarship Program, through endowment funds established by generous donors, has contributed toward the higher education of thousands of promising young Armenians enrolled in leading colleges and universities in close to 40 countries across five continents.
This report and photo provided by AGBU Toronto