The Papken Megerian Memorial Scholarship for Public Service, established by George S. Yacoubian, Jr. in honor of one of SOAR’s founding Trustees, is endowed with a $250.00 donation each calendar year. This Public Service Scholarship is earmarked exclusively for an orphaned child who shows exemplary potential for service to the Armenian community in Armenia.
Papken Megerian was born in Aleppo, Syria, and immigrated to the United States in 1968, settling in the Philadelphia area. He and his wife Anahid have three children: Garo, married to Annette, Aram, married to Carla, and Tanya, married to Nerces; and 8 grandchildren. He was a successful businessman who has owned and operated several businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. Papken was the assistant treasurer of the Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). He was an active member of the St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Church in Wynnewood, serving in numerous leadership capacities throughout the years. Papken was a member of the Tekeyan Cultural Association Central Board and Co-Chairperson of the Armenian Democratic League for the Eastern U.S. and Canada. He was strongly committed to Armenian youth and was a supporter of the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, PA, and many humanitarian relief endeavors throughout Armenia, Javakh, and Jerusalem.