The John M. Azarian Memorial Armenian Youth Scholarship Fund was formed in 1976 following the untimely death of John M. Azarian, Sr., beloved husband and father. Mr. Azarian was the son of Armenian immigrants and worked hard his entire life to serve the Armenian church and its community. He worked unselfishly for St. Leon’s Armenian Church and was instrumental in relocating the church from Paterson to Fair Lawn, New Jersey. He was a founding father of the church in its new location and served for many years as an elected member of the Parish Council, specifically acting as Treasurer, on Fund Raising projects, and capital programs.
Since its formation, the John M. Azarian Memorial Armenian Youth Scholarship Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants to assist financially deserving Armenian students who might otherwise not be able to complete their undergraduate studies. It is our hope that someday those who we have helped will be able to give something back to those who are less fortunate.