Armenian Scholarship Fund in memory of Charles J. Churukian

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to graduating seniors of Armenian heritage pursuing careers in medicine, science, or music.


April 15

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $1,000; renewable annually for a maximum total award of $4,000.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For a graduating high school senior of Armenian heritage who:

  • Resides in and is graduating from a school in the eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties);
  • Is pursuing a degree in the field of medicine, science, or music; and
  • Has financial need; and
  • Has a minimum B average/3.0 GPA.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee comprised of Community Foundation and community representatives reviews applications and selects recipients.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation.

To begin a new application, click here.

If you have already started an online application and would like to log in to your account to continue working, click here.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation mails a letter with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. Payment is made to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received. The scholarship is payable once per academic year and can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and September 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and March 15). Scholarships not claimed by March 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.

To release the initial scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying enrollment and pursuit of a degree in medicine, science, or music. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the Armenian Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued enrollment in a medical, science, or music program and a minimum 3.0 GPA.


This scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of four awards in four consecutive years. Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Armenian Scholarship Renewal Form

Donor Information

This scholarship was created in memory of Charles J. Churukian, an accomplished histotechnologist and lifelong humanitarian. After earning his bachelor's degree in theology, Charles chose to defer the call to ministry to care for his aging parents. It was during this time that he began to develop an interest in medical histology. Concentrating his efforts in this medical field for more than 54 years, including 40 years supervising the Histochemistry Laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Charles never resigned from his giving nature and desire to provide spiritual guidance to others. For this reason and more, family and friends created this scholarship in hopes that Charles Churukian and his accomplishments will live on.

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