Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship

Andre Kazangian, a student member of the Armenian Bar Association, was a third-year law student at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, just a couple of credits shy of earning his Juris Doctor degree when he tragically passed away, breaking our hearts and testing our faith.  In an extraordinary showing of gratitude, dignity, and respect:  the Dean of Thomas Jefferson posthumously conferred a J.D. degree on Andre, which was accepted by his family members in the presence of law school faculty and students, members of the Armenian Bar Association, and Andre’s friends.

In a lasting tribute to Andre’s legacy, his parents, Vahik and Meline, established and generously funded the Andre Kazangian Memorial Scholarship which is now embedded in the Armenian Bar Association’s scholarship platform.  During the Conferral Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson, nine law students were awarded the first of the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarships.

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The Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Armenian Bar Association remains ever-faithful and forever grateful to Vicken Simonian’s multi-dimensional vision and unending work, which deepened the roots and extended the horizons of this organization. In an effort to commemorate and memorialize Vicken’s vision, the Simonian family has established the Vicken I. Simonian Scholarship Fund through the Armenian Bar Association.

Vicken Ishkhan Simonian, Chairman Emeritus of the Armenian Bar Association, passed away on May 13, 2014, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Vicken was the guiding light of the Armenian Bar Association, having been involved since its inception and serving on the board for many years including as Chairman of the organization, twelve years as Treasurer, and six years as Chairman Emeritus.

Grant Program for New York Public Servants

By virtue of a special-purpose grant, the Armenian Bar Association has dedicated $10,000 to fund student loan forgiveness for those attorneys who are public servants in the State of New York. Awards will be divided among deserving candidates. The purpose of the Fund is to appreciate the sacrifices and the services of those attorneys of Armenian descent who have chosen public service for the greater good and support them in repaying their student loans.Special thanks to Souren A. Israelyan, Esq. for funding this special program. Special thanks to Souren A. Israelyan, Esq. for funding this special program.

We encourage all those who qualify to apply. The following are the criteria of eligibility:

Scholarships from Other Institutions

California Scholars Program

$65,000 Scholarship x 3 years

The California Scholars Program is a new outreach program to support a pipeline to enroll and financially support students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the American University in Armenia. The California Scholars Program will cover the full UC Hastings enrollment fee (tuition) and $20,000 in living expenses per year. UC Hastings also guarantees its California Scholars on-campus student housing in our subsidized residence hall for all three years of their legal education.

To be eligible for the California Scholars Program, you must:

  • Have attended at least 3 semesters and graduated from a California high school (secondary consideration will be given to California residents who did not graduate from a California high school);
  • Have completed at least 4 semesters of undergraduate coursework (secondary consideration given to graduate coursework) at an HBCU or AUA;
  • Have above a 3.20 cumulative undergraduate GPA at the time of application as calculated by the Law School Admissions Council’s Credential Assembly Service;
  • Have an LSAT score above 154; and
  • Submit all application materials to LSAC by February 28, 2019.

If you have questions about applying for the California Scholars Program, please email

Learn more about the Program

The Armenian Bar awards scholarships to support meritorious students of Armenian descent attending or accepting for admission to an approved law school in the United States, Armenia or elsewhere.  Recipients must demonstrate an outstanding academic record as well as a strong commitment to the Armenian community, particularly in humanitarian and/or law-related endeavors. The scholarship program is primarily funded by donations and by fundraising events hosted by the Armenian Bar Association.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 1 of each year.

APPLICATION PERIOD: January 1-June 1 of each year.

As it has done for approximately twenty years, The Armenian Bar Association is pleased to award scholarships to selected recipients who are or will be students at an accredited or approved law school seeking a law degree (such as a J.D. or an L.L.M.).


  1. At the time of submitting the scholarship application, be enrolled in or admitted to, if in the United States, an American Bar Association-accredited or state-accredited law school, or if in Armenia or another country, a law school approved by the Armenian Bar Association.  If you do not know if your law school is an approved law school, please contact the Armenian Bar Association by e-mail with your question.
  2. Have strong academic potential as demonstrated by your academic performance (i.e., grades).
  3. Complete and submit by the application deadline the application package with all of the required information and documents.  The application package must include the following:
    1. Cover Letter and Resume;
    2. Two letters of recommendation (from professors, school administrators, Armenian community leaders, or others in official capacities who have knowledge of your academic performance and potential and/or your commitment to the Armenian community);
    3. Official grade transcripts from undergraduate college and law school (if you have completed at least one year of law school); and
    4. Proof of entrance or acceptance into, or continuation in, an approved law school.

One scholarship application will be considered for both the Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal Scholarship and The Vicken I. Simonian Memorial Scholarship Fund.

If you meet these requirements, the Armenian Bar Association Grants & Scholarship Committee will consider your application for an Armenian Bar Association Scholarship.  If the Grants & Scholarship Committee selects you as a finalist, you may be contacted for a personal interview and you may be asked to provide more information or documents.  Please note that failure to deliver any one of the required documents will automatically disqualify you from the scholarship program, and the Armenian Bar Association will not accept any submissions after the deadline indicated below.


If you have any questions about the Armenian Bar Association Vicken I. Simonian  Memorial or the Armenian Bar Association Andre Kazangian Memorial Legal scholarship program or this application, you may write to the Armenian Bar Association, Attention:  Grants & Scholarship Committee, at the above address, or contact the Armenian Bar Association at  The Armenian Bar Association Grants & Scholarship Committee will attempt to process the applications as quickly as possible after the application deadline.  Do not call or send emails to the Armenian Bar Association or any Armenian Bar Association member inquiring as to the status of your application.  Due to the amount of work involved in reviewing the applications, we are unable to respond to such inquiries.