A $4 million gift from USC alumnus Edward C. Abrahamian and his wife, Sandra, will fund student scholarships and support resources at the USC School of Architecture and USC School of Pharmacy, the university announced Monday.
Abrahamian earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture at USC in 1963. His late older brother, Frank Abrahamian, graduated with a doctorate from the pharmacy school in 1959.
The architecture school will use the gift to offer full scholarship support to a gifted USC architecture student each year through the Sandra and Edward C. Abrahamian Scholarship Endowment Fund. The school will also renovate a student lounge and provide other resources to undergraduates and graduates in honor of Abrahamian’s late parents, Zarouhi and Charles Abrahamian.
“Endowed scholarships are an incredible method of supporting our exceptional students,” said Milton S. F. Curry, dean of the USC School of Architecture. “This gift will enhance student services and provide financial assistance for deserving scholars at our school for generations to come. We are deeply grateful to Edward and Sandra Abrahamian for their generosity.”
In honor of his brother, Abrahamian also donated to the USC School of Pharmacy to establish the Frank C. Abrahamian Endowed Scholarship Fund. Full-time students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be eligible for the scholarship. The gift will also create the Frank C. Abrahamian Endowed Technology Fund to maintain and upgrade classroom technology like audiovisual equipment, digital monitors and interactive 3D modeling tools.
“This generous support will not only provide scholarships to our outstanding students but will also give our faculty the tools they need to ensure our students are prepared for successful careers in a dynamic health care environment,” said Vassilios Papadopoulos, dean of the USC School of Pharmacy. “We are very thankful to Edward and Sandra Abrahamian for collaborating with us to create this beautiful tribute to his brother.”
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