Mary and Jack Bayramian Arts Scholars, Fellows and Internship Program

Mary and Jack Bayramian Arts Scholars, Fellows and Internship Program

Mary and Jack Bayramian Arts Scholars, Fellows and Internship Program provides scholarship support to qualified students involved in some aspect of work at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. This includes work experience or internships in stage management, contract administration, promotions, guest services, sales, and more. The program serves to create a foundation of skills students can use in any discipline throughout their careers and enhance the success of The Soraya.

Award

Each Scholarship/Fellowship provides $8,000 towards tuition. Half of the award is disbursed in the Fall semester and the other half in the Spring semester. In a given year, we typically award eight scholarships to undergraduate or graduate CSUN students (Scholars and Fellows, respectively) on our staff and four internships to eligible CSUN students.

Eligibility

Qualifying students must:

  • Be a full-time CSUN student as defined in the University Catalog and hold a 3.0 GPA or higher at time of application and during the semesters toward which the scholarship funds are applied;
  • Submit a complete application including, but not limited to, an essay.

In addition, all Soraya student staff applying to become a Bayramian Arts Scholar or Fellow are required to work at The Soraya as an intern or employee for a minimum of 15 hours per month during the semesters toward which the scholarship is applied. To see our current job openings, click here.

Students who are awarded an internship work up to 10 hours per week during the internship period as defined in the internship application included below.

Application

Bayramian Arts Interns

Please review the 2021-22 Internship Application Guidelines below. All applications are due no later than Sunday, September 5, 2021. This year, we offer internships in Arts Education & Outreach; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI); Donor Relations & Events; and Membership. Further details on the duties, skills, and requirements for each internship are available for download below.

View Guidelines

View Available Internships

Submit Application

Bayramian Arts Scholars and Fellows 

Applications open in January each year and are due in March. Awards are applied to the following academic year. The application includes an essay and is made available to interested students by our Director of Audience Services.

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 Arts Scholarship, Fellowship, or Internship are responsible for determining 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 applying.

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Art from San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge) 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.”

QUESTIONS?

Bayramian Arts Scholars & Fellows

Carey Christensen, Director of Audience Services

Carey.Christensen@csun.edu

818-677-8825

Bayramian Arts Internship

Andrea Ramirez, Deputy to the General Manager

Andrea.Ramirez@csun.edu

818-677-8816

Past Bayramian Arts Scholars & Fellows

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

No positions offered for the 2020-21 academic year

Bayramian Scholarship/Fellowship Selection Panel

Wendy Furth, Soraya Ambassador

George Johnson, Soraya Ambassador

Andrea Reinken, Chair, Soraya Ambassadors

Bayramian Arts Scholars

Katelyn Anderson, Usher (2nd Award)
CTVA – Film (Major), Psychology (Minor)
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Theo Boccara, Usher / Hospitality
CTVA – Film
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Alexis Colson, Usher / Powered Cart Operator
Music – Music Industry Studies (Major), Popular Culture Studies (Minor)
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Bradley Davis, Usher / Hospitality
Music – Wind Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Patrick Dos Santos, Usher
Music – Guitar Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Jeremiah Gonzalez, Usher / Hospitality
Music – Piano Performance

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Kenzie McCarrel, Usher
Music – Music Industry Studies (Major), Musical Theatre (Minor)
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Loliepop Mena, Usher / Hospitality / Powered Cart Operator
Music - Percussion Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Kevin Ramirez, Lead House Usher (2nd Award)
History (Major), Central American Studies (Major)

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Matisse Swanson, Usher / Hospitality

Kinesiology - Dance
College of Health & Human Development

Bayramian Arts Interns

Kaylee Uribe, Development & Events Intern
Early Childhood Development
College of Health & Human Development

Evann Carter, Arts Education Intern

Music - Music Education (Vocal)

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Bayramian Scholarship/Fellowship Selection Panel

Andrea Reinken, Soraya Ambassador

Christi Robinson, Soraya Ambassador

Ellen Stohl, Soraya Ambassador

Bayramian Arts Scholars

Katelyn Anderson, Usher
CTVA – Film
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Rediate Deribe, Usher
Health Administration
Health & Human Development

Alexander Hamilton, Usher
Music - Percussion Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Jimmy Licata, Usher
Music Industry Studies
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Adam Orozco, Usher
Music - Trombone Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Kevin Ramirez, Usher
History
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Gillian Richman, Ticket Office (2nd Award)
Music - Saxophone Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Rendall Trinanes, Usher (2nd Award)
Art
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Bayramian Arts Fellow

Russell Strause, Lead House Usher (2nd Award)
Communicative Disorders
Health & Human Development

Bayramian Arts Interns

Logan Cantrell, Marketing Intern
Marketing
David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Genevieve Hilburn, Future Currents Lead Musician Intern
Music - Percussion Performance
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Lindsay Morrison, Future Currents Video Production Intern
CTVA – Electronic Media Management (Major), Dance – Performance (Minor)
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Andrea Ramirez, Donor Relations Intern
Music - Music Education (Instrumental)
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Kaylee Uribe, Development & Events Intern
Early Childhood Development
College of Health & Human Development

Bayramian Scholarship/Fellowship Selection Panel

Julia Heinen & William Boatman

Suren Seropian, UA

Heather Cairns, TUC

Bayramian Arts Scholars

Logan Cantrell

Nazarian College of Business & Economics

Destiny Chapron

College of Health & Human Development

Joseph Hicks (2nd award)

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Alexis Holman

MCCAMC

Haley Jones

Nazarian College of Business & Economics

Helina Mekonnen

College of Health & Human Development

Sally Moore

MCCAMC

Melanie Perez (2nd award)

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Gillian Richman

MCCAMC

Russell Strause

College of Health & Human Development

Rendall Trianes

MCCAMC

Bayramian Arts Fellows

Ana Maria Garcia

Tseng College, Music Industries Administration

Siddharth Kundri 

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Shannon Thomas

MCCAMC

Bayramian Arts Interns

Zenobia Ortis, Arts Education Intern
Music Industry Administration
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Andrea Ramirez, Development Intern
Music Education
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication

Bayramian Arts Scholars

Estefany Barrios

Music Therapy

Audience Service Worker

Daniel Bonilla

Film Production

Audience Service Worker

Kelcey Henderson

Journalism

Audience Service Worker

Joseph Hicks

Civil Engineering

Audience Service Worker

Katie Kelly

Deaf Studies

Audience Service Worker

Cheryl Lee

Film Production

Audience Service Worker

China Morgan

Child Development

Audience Service Worker

Melanie Perez

Psychology

Audience Service Worker

Christopher Rispoli

Guitar Performance

Audience Service Worker

Connie To

Marketing

Audience Service Worker

Lauren Turner Dunn

Journalism

Audience Service Worker

Bayramian Arts Fellow

Nikith Sherigar

MS Engineering Management

Audience Service Worker

Bayramian Arts Interns

William Brooks, Scholar

Arts Education Intern, MCCAMC

Andrea Ramirez, Scholar

Development Intern, MCCAMC

Jared Shahar, Scholar

Program Intern, MCCAMC

Connie To, Scholar

Customer Service Intern, Nazarian College of Business & Economics

Bayramian Arts Scholars

Joseph Hicks

CECS/ Civil Engineering

 

Nicholas Popham

Mike Curb College/Journalism 

 

Lauren Turner Dunn

Mike Curb College/Journalism 

 

Salar Owrang

HHD/RTM

 

Cameron O'Hanlon

Mike Curb College/Percussion Performance

 

Eli Falk

Fellow (Master's) Music Industry Administration

 

Negin Sadri

Social & Behavorial Science/Anthropology

 

Janessa Reyes

Mike Curb College/Communications

 

Bayramian Arts Fellow

Kelly Brooks
Mike Curb College/Music Education

Eli Falk

Mike Curb College/Music Industry Administration

Bayramian Arts Interns

Ayo Adelaja

Donor Events Intern

Mike Curb College/Broadcast Journalism

Raul Buenfil Ortiz

Programming Intern

Mike Curb College/Music Industry

Eli Falk

Programming Intern

Mike Curb College/Music Industry Administration

Luis Luque

Photography/Videography Intern

Mike Curb College/Design and Applied Arts

Jared Shahar

Marketing Intern

Mike Curb College/Music Industry

Yvonne Zimmerman

Marketing Intern

Mike Curb College/Journalism

Bayramian Arts Scholars

Negin Sadri

Audience Service Worker

Anthropology

Mark Winterlin

Audiene Servie Worker

Cinema and Television Arts

Janessa Reyes

Audience Service Worker

Communication Studies


Brandon Tisor

Audience Service Worker

Cinema and Television Arts

Laurena Infante-Aguilar

Audience Service Worker

Music Industry Administration

Michael Enriquez

Audience Service Worker

Jazz Studies

Cheryl Lee

Audience Service Worker

Cinema and Television Arts

Brandi Murphy

Audience Service Worker

Journalism

Cherise McKenzie, Scholar

Concessions

Kinesiology-Dance Option

Bayramian Arts Fellow

Joseph Solano

Audiences Service Lead

Graduate Music Industry Administration

Andrew Porteous

Audience Service Worker

Graduate Screen Writing

Bayramian Arts Intern

Stacey Bello

Customer Service Intern

Humanities/Liberal Arts

Chris DeDominic

Management Intern

Business/Marketing

Austin Hidalgo

Marketing Intern

Business Administration/Marketing

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