150 From Around The World To Receive HIAS Scholarships In June 5 Ceremony

Posted on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 14:44 pm

78 now live in New York; 31 in California; 8 in Ohio

Awards are a "Mitzvah" from donors

(New York, NY)– One hundred and fifty immigrant students from all over the world now living in the United States will be awarded HIAS scholarships in a ceremony June 5 at Lighthouse International, 111 East 59 th Street in Manhattan.

HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – will award the scholarships to recognize the students’ academic achievements, financial need and community involvement. In all, HIAS will award $225,000 – all of it from private donations – at the ceremony. Several hundred students applied for the coveted awards, which were decided upon by a nationwide Scholarship Committee. To qualify, applicants must be an immigrant who was assisted by HIAS. A list of the winners follows.

“A HIAS scholarship is a mitzvah like no other – it truly epitomizes the Jewish value of doing a good deed, and lending a helping hand,” says Donald J. Fleishaker, HIAS board member and chair of the scholarship committee. “Every scholarship donor can feel proud that their mitzvot encourage these exceptional students to continue their pursuit of higher education and personal dreams.”

This year’s recipients come from the far corners of the world; a few have had particularly difficult journeys not only as refugees or children of refugees, but as people with physical challenges.

One such student, Golnaz Balakhani, arrived in America at the age of 17 with her family in 1992, having fled Iran. Diagnosed with a degenerative form of Muscular Dystrophy, Ms. Balakhani has nonetheless managed to earn an associate degree in psychology from a community college in her new hometown of Baltimore and is now working toward a bachelor’s degree at Towson University there.

“The HIAS scholarship will be a big help to me,” she says. “It means a lot to me because I would like to be a successful psychologist and want to give something back to the community and society at large.” While her condition presents her with many hurdles, she is grateful to her family, especially her mother and brothers, who have helped her to overcome the obstacles.

Like Ms. Balakhani, many of the recipients are already well into their advanced education, preparing to be doctors, lawyers, teachers and scientists, among many diverse disciplines.

“It’s truly remarkable what some of these new young Americans have done, especially given the fact that they come from places where they were treated like second-class citizens or worse,” says Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of these kids, as well as how good it makes me feel to be part of this organization.”

In addition to the New York City presentations, HIAS will conduct a special scholarship ceremony for California winners in Los Angeles in August. A second HIAS scholarship program in Israel gives immigrants to that country the opportunity to pursue higher education by granting numerous scholarships to exceptional students.

Recipients of the U.S. Awards
(place of origin in parentheses)

Rosette Abayahoudian
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Sara Abdyan
Great Neck, N.Y.
(Tehran)

Sara Akhamzadeh
Flushing, N.Y.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Nellya Akilova
Briarwood, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Margarita Amchislavska
Brooklyn
(Odessa)

Yeseniya Aronova
Forest Hills, N.Y.
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Yalda Azarmehr
Encino, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Rafael Babayev
Richmond Hill, N.Y.
(Buhara, Uzbekistan)

Marina Babayeva
Richmond Hill, N.Y.
(Bukhara, Uzbekistan)

Golnaz Balakhani
Baltimore
(Tehran)

Khashayar Behdad
Tarzana, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Yelena Berchanskaya
Brooklyn
(Kiev)

Yakov Berenshteyn
Pleasanton, Calif.
(St.Petersburg)

Julia Bikbova
Glenview, Ill.
(Kiev)

Andrey Bilko
York, Penn.
(Zhytomyr, Ukraine)

Vyacheslav Blazer
San Francisco
(Chishinau, Moldova)

Navid Danesh
Brooklyn
(Tehran)

Alla Digilova
Brooklyn
(Nalchik, Russia)

Diana Dreyer
Brooklyn
(Mozyr, Belarus)

Igor Epshteyn
Brooklyn
(Samara, Russia)

Ora Esfahani
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Alla Fabrikant
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
(Kharkov, Ukraine)

Makhmal Farhadian
Los Angeles
(Isfahan, Iran)

Arsen Faylayev
Flushing, N.Y.
(Navoi, Uzbekistan)

Gavrosh Faylayev
Flushing, N.Y.
(Navoi, Uzbekistan)

Jane Feyder
Brooklyn
(Moscow)

Frida Fridman
Brooklyn
(Moscow)

Nerik Galibov
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Dushanbe, Tadjikistan)

Valerie Galinskaya
Brooklyn
(Kiev)

Natalia Ganyukova
Solon, Ohio
(Minsk)

Sergey Garber
Brooklyn
(Andizhan, Uzbekistan)

Mikhail Gavrilov
Brooklyn
(Baku, Azerbaijan)

Sina Tebi
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Elina Tilman
San Francisco
(Tashkent)

Alena Timchenko
Brooklyn
(Donetsk, Ukraine)

Sahar Tofigh
Martinez, Ga.
(Tehran)

Sohrab Tofigh
Martinez, Ga.
(Tehran)

Elina Tseylikman
New York City
(Chelyabinsk, Russia)

Maral Tseylikman
New York City
(Kusar, Azerbaijan)

Anna Umanskaya
Brooklyn
(Moscow)

Anton Varshavskiy
Wheeling, Ill.
(Moscow)

Nadezhda Vaysburd
Brooklyn
(Bryansk, Russia)

Olga Velkova
Richmond Heights, Ohio
(Saratov, Russia)

Maksim Vladimirskiy
Brooklyn
(Lviv, Ukraine)

Alevtina Yadgarova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Andizan, Uzbekistán)

Nadezhda Yadgarova
Brooklyn
(Fergana, Uzbekistán)

Olga Yakubov
Forest Hills, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Saman Yashari
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Behnam Yavari
Cumming, Ga.
(Tehran)

Olga Yeshchina
Brooklyn
(Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine)
Margarita Mikhaylova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Yevgeniya Mogilevskaya
Brooklyn
(Kiev)

Boris Mordkovich
Brooklyn
(Vilnius)

Ashkan Morim
Santa Monica, Calif.
(Tehran)

Irina Mullokandova
Brooklyn
(Dushanbe, Russia)

Lyudmila Munarova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Kokand, Uzbekistan)

Natalia Murashev
Skokie, Ill.
(Khmelnitsky, Ukraine)

Yelena Naruzhnaya
Chicago
(Zhitomir, Ukraine)

Oksana Natanelova
Flushing, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Neda Nourmand
Encino, Calilf.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Irina Ostrozhnyuk
Brooklyn
(Kiev)

Peyman Pedram
Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Tehran)

Lyudmila Pinkhasova
Forest Hills, N.Y.
(Kzil-Orda, Kazakhstan)

Aslan Pirouzmanesh
Los Angeles
(Shiraz, Iran)

Natana Podlubnaya
Brooklyn
(St. Petersburg)

Konstantin Pozin
Bronx, N.Y.
(Kazan, Russia)

Nina Ram
Encino, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Zhobin Ram
Encino, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Yevgeniya Ratnovsky
Philadelphia
(Moscow)

Svetlana Reznikova
Tucson
(Donetsk, Ukraine)

Ilona Rosenfeld
Corvallis, Ore.
(Tallinn, Russia)

Mila Rotenberg
Brooklyn
(Minsk)

Vicktoria Rudich
Boyds, Md.
(Kiev)

Gennadiy Ryklin
Brooklyn
(Bobruisk, Belarus)

Nariman Saadt
Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Tehran)

Viktoriya Genzel
Newtown, Penn.
(Kharkov, Ukraine)

Nataliya Gitman
Kingston, Penn.
(Kiev)

Kseniya Golubets
Richmond Hill, N.Y.
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Mariya Gorelik
Gaithersburg. Md.
(Moscow)

Diana Greyz
Oak Park, Ill.
(Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine)

Eli Grinfeld
New York City
(Moscow)

Karina Grinshteyn
New York City
(Vilnius)

Sara Harooni
Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Tehran)

Farnaz Haroonian
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Shadi Harouni
Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Hamedan, Iran)

Elina Ilizarova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Yelena Ilyasova
Corona, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Olga Inoyatova
New York City
(Bukhara, Uzbekistan)

Yelizaveta Iskhakova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Fergana, Uzbekistán)

Yasamin Kakan
Tarzana, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Bashir Kalayeh
Florissant, Mo.
(Mashhad, Iran)

Vevgeniya Cantor
Cleveland
(Gomel, Belarus)

Irina Kaufman
Brooklyn
(Krasnoyarsk, Russia)

Veronica Kavin
Brookline, Mass.
(St. Peters burg)

Aleksandr Khaitov
Kew Gardens, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Roubina Khakshoor
Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Tehran)

Bita Khakshoor Kohan
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Artur Khaldarov
Forest Hills, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Igor Khot
Hoover, Ala.
(Krasnodar, Russia)

Viktor Kitsis
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
(Kishinev, Moldova)

Sanaz Kohansedgh
Great Neck, N.Y.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Julia Kolchinsky
Rockville, Md.
(Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine)

Eugene Kolodin
Beachwood, Ohio
(St. Petersburg)

Alina Koltunova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Alla Konovalova
Brooklyn
(Kiev)

Marina Krivovyaz
Alpharetta, Ga.
(Mogilev-Podolsky, Ukraine)

Julie Kuperman
Reseda, Calif.
(Lipetsk, Russia)

Grigoriy Kusayev
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Samarkand, Uzbekistan)

Georgiy Laptevskiy
Brooklyn
(Chelyabinsk, Russia)

Anna Lederman
San Francisco
(Grodno, Belarus)

Olga Lisnyak
Brooklyn
(Borisov, Belarus)

Juliya Litichevskaya
New Providence, N.J.
(Odessa)

Alexey Malykhin
Duluth, Ga.
(St. Petersburg)

Saman Manesh
Berkeley, Calif.
(Tehran)

Nataliya Mar
New York City
(Tashkent)

Ardavan Mashhadian
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Sofiya Masterovaya
Brooklyn
(Moscow)

Yelizaveta Matatova
Jamaica, N.Y.
(Chimkent, Kazakstan)

Rufina Melster
Brooklyn
(Tashkent)

Lyudmila Mierova
Forest Hills, N.Y.
(Dushanbe, Tsjikistan)

Yousha Yaghoobzadeh
Tarzana, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Fereshteh Yousefzadeh
Seattle
(Tehran)

Esmira Yusufova
Brooklyn
(Kuba, Azerbaijan)

Dmitriy Yusupov
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Tashkent)

Liliya Yusupova
Rego Park, N.Y.
(Tashkent)
Ramona Saketkhou
Beverly Hills, Calif.
(Tehran)

Ilya Schwartzburg
Monsey, N.Y.
(Moscow)

Rena Shabalova
Brooklyn
(Baku, Azerbaijan)

Ellen Shapiro
Brooklyn
(Skvira, Ukraine)

Inna Shats
Brooklyn
(Kharkov, Ukraine)

Aleksey Shats
Brooklyn
(Kharkov, Ukraine)

Elizabeth Sheyn
Fairfield, Ohio
(Lvov, Ukraine)

Ruben, Shimonov
Seattle
(Tashkent)

Marianna Shimonova
Seattle
(Tashkent)

Natalia Shkaev
Toledo
(St. Petersburg)

Olga Shraybman
Sunny Isles, Fla.
(Kishinev, Moldova)

Irina Shterenberg
Brooklyn
(Vinnitsa, Ukraine)

Marianna Shvartsbeyn
Germantown, Md.
(Sverdlovsk, Russia)

Anastasiya Sidorova
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
(Kiev)

Vladimir Smagin
Brooklyn
(Kolomna, Russia)

Arkady Sokolov
New York City
(Saratov, Russia)

Damoon Songhorian
Los Angeles
(Tehran)

Irina Takhalova
Brooklyn
(Bukhara, Uzbekistán)

Eleonora Tamayeva
Hillcrest, N.Y.
(Bukhara, Uzbekistan)

Eduard Tamma
Hillcrest, N.Y.
(Bukhara, Uzbekistan)

Stanley Yakubov
Brooklyn
(Fergana, Uzbekistán)

Pedram Zarabian
Encino, Calif.
(Shiraz, Iran)

Mariya Zarankina
Brooklyn
(Moscow)

Samira Zarbakhsh
Los Angeles
(Shiraz, Iran)

Anastasiya Zlatina
Silver Spring, Md.
(Moscow)