ARS Lazarian Graduate Scholarship

$20,000–$50,000Award Amount
2Number of Awards
4/1/2023Submission Deadline

To award extraordinary ambition, hard work, and commitment to serving the community, the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US created a scholarship for college students of Armenian descent. This scholarship is therefore for any Armenian master’s and doctoral students studying in the United States. The students have to be enrolled in any of these disciplines: law, history, political science, international relations, journalism, government, economics, business administration, medicine, and public service.

Every year, the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US provides college scholarships worth over $40,000 to more than six students attending universities in the United States. Applicants are assessed on their ambitions, academic excellence, and community service. A total of two students are awarded a $20,000–$50,000 scholarship to help pay for their college education.

The Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US Scholars Program brings the scholars to a unique community of passionate go-getters hailing from the Armenian community. The scholars are introduced to great programs that further amplify their skills to serve the community in different projects. The alumni network comprises successful former students who lead transformation in society and are well placed in positions of influence in the academic, political, media, and medical fields.

Key Information of ARS Lazarian Graduate Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Government
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine Public Service
  • Political Science

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


ARS Lazarian Graduate Scholarship Timeline

January 1, 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications usually open in early January.

April 1, 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is at the beginning of April.

June/July 2023

Award Announcement Date

Award recipients are contacted and published before the start of the fall.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Graduate – Doctorate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Armenian

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • Short Answers

How to ace the ARS Lazarian Graduate Scholarship


Highlight your community service engagements

In your application, it is important to show off your volunteer work experience. If you are planning on applying in a few years, it is important to consider gaining some worthwhile community service experience.


Proofread your application before submitting

Many applications are disqualified because of simple avoidable mistakes such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Avoid this by having your application reviewed by a trusted friend or family member going through the application. Consider using online grammar checking tools.


Reach out to past winners

Every year, two successful applicants receive the award. Reaching out to any of the past winners will give you an edge over other applicants by you receiving more specific insights on how to ace your application.


Vividly show your passion in your career

Recipients of the scholarship award have many things in common, one of them is a passion and uncommon drive to achieve their dream careers which is their life's mission. Tying your career as your life’s mission is the key to this.

How the ARS Lazarian Graduate Scholarship is Judged

Applicants are assessed on community service, academics, and career ambitions. It is expected of applicants to be highly skilled and actively participating in community projects. All these attributes have to be seen on the applicants for their application to be considered.

Why We Love the ARS Lazarian Graduate Scholarship


Scholarship award can be deferred

Scholarship recipients who have chosen to take a gap year or a break are still allowed to use the scholarship amount when they resume their studies. This gives them ample time to volunteer or be involved in another project.


Scholarship funds not restrictive

Scholarship recipients can use their award to pay any college billed expense. Most scholarships only restrict scholarship use to just tuition.


You join an active scholars network

The recipients of the scholarship join a network exclusive to just the Armenian community. This community is actively involved in projects that improve the livelihoods of the members and the community at large.

5 Facts about the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US


The organization’s investments in youth have grown

Since 1980 the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US has had many programs to help Armenian community youths, scholarships being one of them.


The award amount has increased yearly

At its inception, scholarships were worth $10,000 to $20,000 and as of 2021 scholarships are worth up to $50,000.


The organization has thee scholarship programs

The Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US awards more than 250 undergraduate and 180 scholarships worth $481,000 under all three scholarship programs in a decade.


The scholars build world-class careers

The scholars from the program have built exceptional careers in many fields spanning from homeland initiatives to politics and governance.


The organization supports regional community seminars

The Armenian Relief Society of Eastern US welcomes members to seminars that help them restore a personal level of commitment to community development; the scholars get to be part of the seminars too.

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