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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.

Application Period

November 1 to March 4

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $4,000; paid as $1,000 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

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.

Application Process

To begin or continue your application, click here.

This scholarship is one of dozens connected to our Consolidated Scholarship Application. Applying for this scholarship means you’ll be considered for any other relevant opportunities within the Consolidated Application.

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.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in April. Payment is made to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

To release the initial scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying enrollment and pursuit of a degree in medicine, science, or music to the Community Foundation’s online Consolidated Scholarship Application between July 1 and August 15.

To release subsequent scholarship payments, upload the requested and required information including your unofficial transcript, class schedule, tuition bill, and the Armenian Scholarship Renewal Form verifying continued enrollment in a medical, science, or music program and a minimum 3.0 GPA to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns.


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.

To learn more about Dr. Churukian, click here.

To make your own gift to this fund, click here.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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