Armenian Church

(Armenian: Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական Եկեղեցի, Hayastaneayc' Aṙak'elakan Ekeġec'i) is the world's oldest National Church and is one of the most ancient Christian communities. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in 301 AD, in establishing this church. The Armenian Apostolic Church traces its origins to the missions of Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the 1st century.

The official name of the Church is the One Holy Universal Apostolic Orthodox Armenian Church. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Gregorian Church, and this name is not acceptable by the Church, because the true name of Apostolic implies the Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus as the founders, and St. Gregory the Illuminator as merely the first official head of the Church.

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Application Process

The following information must be submitted to the WED Educational Fund Scholarship Committee by May 31st, in order to considered for a scholarship for the academic year starting in the Fall Semester.

A completed application form, including a statement of purpose not to exceed one type-written page, describing your program of study or training, and your career objectives. See below the link to download the application form.

One copy of your official school/institution transcript mailed by your institution's Registrar's Office.

Two recent letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a professor or teacher who knows your academic work; another may be from an employer or mentor who can attest to your personal and professional maturity. Letters of reference must be sent by the referent directly to the WED Fund, via the U.S. Postal Service or e-mail. Please note: New letters of recommendation are required for previous applicants.

Evidence of financial need. Please include a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) and a copy of the Financial Award Letter from the institution you plan to attend.

Proof of citizenship. Please include one of the following as proof of citizenship: a copy of Birth or Naturalization Certificate, or Passport.

Please mail your completed application form, including the statement of purpose, the evidence of financial need and the proof of citizenship, to the following address:

WED Educational Fund
c/o St. Mary Armenian church
4125 Fessenden Street, NW Washington, DC 20016

 

Please have the registrar's office mail your official transcripts directly to the above address. The individuals sending letters of recommendation via the U.S. Postal service should also send their letters directly to this address.

You may download the application form in Microsoft Word format from the link below: 

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