WASHINGTON DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway (CGP) program continues to grow with the help of generous benefactors Apo and Nayiri Saghdejian, who have donated over $ 250,000 to the program since 2004. On November 23, 2021, the Saghdejian family presented a donation of $ 20,000 to NAFC President Raffi Hamparian for the expansion of this unique public policy career development program in Washington, DC. – named after their late son and brother Hovig Apo Saghdejian.
“The NAFC is proud to honor the legacy of Hovig Apo Saghdejian by delivering a world-class public policy career program at our national headquarters in Washington, DC,” Hamparian noted. “We are grateful to Apo and his daughter Nayiri for putting in place a program in line with Hovig’s spirit of service and sacrifice,” he added.
“Our family is dedicated to the ANCA and its work to advance the Armenian cause,” said Nayiri Saghdejian. “The ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway program does a great job in providing ladders of opportunity to young Armenian Americans. Our family is proud to keep Hovig’s legacy strong by inspiring a new generation of emerging leaders, ”she added.
The deadline for the Winter 2022 session of the Gateway program, starting in January 2022, is November 30.
The Hovig Apo Saghhdejian CGP, established in 2003, helps Armenian American students and recent graduates from across the United States pursue careers in public policy with three-month grants for free housing at ANCA Aramian House , access to the ANCA network of contacts and resources. , and hands-on training on how to find work in government, politics, politics and media. With the vital support of the Saghdejian family as well as the leadership of Program Director Alex Manoukian and the CGP Advisory Board, the ANCA Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway program has extended its reach through personal visits and social media through the United States, raising awareness of the program and the unique career and internship opportunities it offers.
The program is dedicated to Hovig Apo Saghdejian, the 23-year-old student from Fresno, Calif., Whose life of community leadership and public service was interrupted in July 2004 by a tragic car accident.
The Saghdejian family’s support for the Capital Gateway program has long been a labor of love, starting with the establishment of the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Memorial Fund in 2004, which raised over $ 50,000 for the program in just a few months. . Since then, family and friends have honored the memory of Hovig’s late mother, Rosine Saghdejian, who died in 2006, and Apo’s mother, Sona Saghdejian, who died in 2010, with additional contributions to the fund. With their most recent donations of $ 20,000, the fund now exceeds $ 300,000. These funds will be held in perpetuity, with only the proceeds being used to finance the participation of young American Armenians in the Gateway program.
Hovig Apo Saghdejian: Inspirational Young Leader and Community Activist
Hovig Apo Saghdejian was born on December 31, 1980 in Fresno, California. Very early on, Hovig became a member of the General Athletics Union and Armenian Scouts Homenetmen, and he joined the ranks of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), contributing to the welfare of the Armenian-American community and strengthen his commitment to his homeland.
He breathed life into the ideals of his youth by working to preserve and reinvent Armenian identity in America, while bringing a sense of optimism to the Armenian people for a better future. As a volunteer with the Land and Culture Organization, Hovig traveled to Armenia in the summer of 2003 to work as a volunteer in Ayrum, developing infrastructure and self-sufficiency for the impoverished population of this village. . Beyond the value of hard work which has contributed significantly to the well-being of the villagers, Hovig’s efforts have helped restore hope to all those he came in contact with that the future held better things for them. the Armenian people. Commenting on his time in Ayrum, in a testimonial on the Land and Culture website, Hovig explained, “I know that when I look back on this experience, I will be delighted with the work we have done, the things we have seen and the things we have seen. links that we have forged. “
Hovig attended Fresno City College, California State University at Fresno, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis on economics, philosophy and film studies. He has fulfilled his civic duties by getting involved politically, not only with the NAFC but also with Congressman George Radanovich and State Assembly Member Steve Samuelian on campaign and public policy projects.
Hovig loved life, his family and his friends. He had a special bond with his parents Apo and Rosine and his sister Nayiri. He spent his free time helping his mother in adult day care and his father in the family business.