LOWELL, MA — In a true statement to education and ethnicity, Sam Manoian Post 1, Lowell Armenian-American Veterans, achieved a couple of very significant milestones on September 24 at its annual scholarship dinner-dance.
The group reached $200,000 plateau in distributions, maintaining a tradition that started in 1990. Over these 26 years, a total of 170 students have been honored with disbursements. “It says a lot for out membership,” said Commander Richard Juknavorian. “Every year we come up with an appropriate list and single out these students who are attending excellent colleges and making a significant contribution to our Merrimack Valley Community.
A large crowd turned out at Sts. Vartanantz Church’s Kazanjian Memorial Hall in nearby Chelmsford to applaud seven recipients: Daniel Papazian, attending the University of South Carolina, Tamara Manoli, attending the University of New Hampshire, Benjamin Balian, attending the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Ryan Ajemian, attending Coastal Carolina University, Aram Nalbandian, attending Suffolk University Law School, Azniv Nalbandian, attending Pennsylvania State University, and Adrineh Nalbandian, attending Colby Sawyer College.
Scholarship Chairman George Manuelian applauded the students for their diverse accomplishments in all phases of academic and athletic life, bringing extreme credit to their schools and families.
Among the high schools represented were Shrewsbury, Lexington, Westford Academy, and Central Catholic in Lawrence.
The event honors Menas G. Boghossian, a one time pillar of the organization in whose name a scholarship fund has originated. The group’s history dates back to 1947 when several Armenian Americans veterans of World War II gathered in Lowell–to count their blessings and pay continued homage to the United States Military and all its adjuncts. The patriotism and commitment have been exemplary over the decades.
Through color guards, patriotic ceremonies, parades, firing squads, hospital visits, children’s Christian parties and gravesite decorations, their presence has been felt throughout the public sector. “We take our proud and venerable place among other similar groups throughout Lowell in keeping the Armenian-American image in the forefront,” adds Aram Jeknavorian, former commander.