California Legislators Announce Essay Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide

Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk.
Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk.

Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Katcho Achadjian, and Scott Wilk.

SACRAMENTO — The winners will be awarded scholarships and acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 18, 2016 and receive special recognition from the Assemblymembers.

The winners will be contacted directly and announced to the mainstream and Armenian media on Monday, April 11, 2016.

Essay Criteria:

Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian, Adrin Nazarian, and Scott Wilk are holding an essay contest for the 2016 California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th-12th grade are invited to participate in the essay contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its anniversary.

Step 1: The State of California is in the process of updating their 10th grade World History textbooks. Write the section on the Armenian Genocide, be sure to include the cause and consequences, and any other background students need in order to understand why this tragic event took place. You may include up to 5 photos or other visuals to support your text. The section may not exceed 500 words.

Step 2: Develop a one-day social media campaign-a strategy to expand awareness and gain support-defining what you would do to get people to support your textbook proposal. Identify the appropriate platform(s) (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.) and create a sample post or two advocating for the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in 10th grade World History. You may use photos, videos, GIFs, hashtags, etc. The winner’s proposal will be incorporated into the 2016 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Both steps must be completed. Step 1 should be no longer than 500 words, double- spaced, 12-point font. Step 2 should be no longer than a page.

Please include your name, age, address, high school, grade, teacher’s name and subject area, phone number, and email address at the top of the essay.

From the Offices of:

Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian • Assemblymember Scott Wilk

Scholarship Awards:

First Place-$1,000 Second Place-$500 Third Place-$300

Essay Deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016.

Please email essay submissions to

Visit the following links for historical context:

A Brief History of the Armenian Genocide:


New York Times –“Allies Punish Turks Who Murder” May 24, 1915 free/pdf?res=9C03E6DB1338E633A25757C2A9639C946496D6CF

New York Times – “Armenians Dying In Prison Camps” August 21, 1916 free/pdf?res=9800EED91E3FE233A25752C2A96E9C946796D6CF


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