Mary and Jack Bayramian Arts Scholars and Fellow Program

Mary and Jack Bayramian Arts Scholars and Fellow Program

This program provides scholarship support to qualified students involved in some aspect of work at the Younes and Soraya Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as The Valley Performing Arts Center) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). This can include work experience, internships and participation in stage management, contract administration, promotions, guest services, and sales. This program serves to create a foundation for our students that will help them throughout their careers and enhance the success of our performing arts facilities on campus. 


Each Scholarship/Fellowship provides up to $8,000 towards tuition. A maximum of eight (8) Bayramian Scholars/Fellows are awarded each academic year. Half of the award is disbursed in the Fall semester and the other half in the Spring semester.


Applications open in January each year and are due in March. Awards are applied towards the following academic year. The application typically consists of open-ended questions and an essay.

A panel of three to five members consisting of faculty, staff, and/or community members will review applications. The Soraya’s Executive Director approves final awardees based on the recommendations of the panel.

Please Note: Awardees of the Bayramian Scholarship/Fellowship are responsible for figuring out how the award will impact other sources of financial aid such as student loans. If you have questions, please contact the CSUN Financial Aid Office at 818-677-4085 prior to submitting an award application


Qualifying students must:

  • Submit a completed application form and essay during the application period;
  • Be a full-time CSUN student with a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA at the time of application;
  • Be a full-time CSUN student during the semesters the scholarship is disbursed;
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA during the semesters the scholarship is disbursed
  • Work at The Soraya as an intern or employee for a minimum of fifteen (15) hours per month during the semesters the scholarship is disbursed.

About Mary and Jack

In 2005, Mary and Jack Bayramian gave the largest cash gift in the university’s history at the time, $7.3 million, for student scholarships. A portion of this generous gift was used to create the Mary and Jack Bayramian Arts Scholars and Fellow Program. 

After years as a homemaker, Mary returned to college in her late 30s, earning a Bachelors Degree in Art from San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) in 1963. She then taught art at San Fernando High School. In 1971, Mary and Jack, a retired telephone company technician, retired to Laguna Beach and began renovating and managing real estate.

Don Barsumian, the Mary and Bayramian Estate Trustee and nephew to the Bayramians, said his aunt and uncle “lived the American dream.” They were both children of Armenian immigrants who fled Turkey in the early 20th century to escape persecution. “Hard work, integrity, saving, and investing,” he added. “You know in books how they talk about how to get from here to there? They did it.”


Carey Christensen
House Manager, The Soraya | 818-677-8825


Bayramian Scholarship/Fellowship Selection Panel
Jill Fager, Soraya Ambassador
Robert Kiddoo, Soraya Ambassador
Sherry Lapides, Soraya Ambassador

Bayramian Arts Scholars
Katelyn (Kat) Anderson, AMC - CTVA – Film
Antonia Barela, AMC - Music Therapy
Jered Dunbar, AMC - Music Industry Studies
Sasha-Courtney Hofisi, AMC - Music - Percussion Performance
Loliepop Mena, AMC - Music - Percussion Performance
Blair Rocheleau, AMC - CTVA - Screenwriting
Gianella (Sky) Solorio, AMC - Music Education
Bayramian Arts Fellow
Matisse Swanson – H&HD – Kinesiology

Bayramian Arts Intern