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[FAR Scholarships]: Nishanian Scholars Graduate Gavar State University.

August 2, 2010

For nearly nine years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has implemented the Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program in Armenia through FAR. This program has given more than 50 socially vulnerable students from Gavar State University in the Gegharkunik region and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction the opportunity to continue on to higher education.

This year, 12 of the program’s 53 beneficiaries graduated from Gavar State University. One graduate student and seven undergraduate students earned degrees with honors, also known as “Red Diplomas.” Gavar State University Rector Ruzanna Hakobyan, Der Markos Bishop Hovhannisyan, Gegharkunik Diocese Primate, and other guests attended the ceremony. Ruzanna Hakobyan and Der Markos opened the ceremony with their welcome speeches.

While bittersweet, the atmosphere was also exciting and joyful. The 79 graduate students and 253 undergraduates had to say farewell to their beloved university, yet they were also proud. They are now able to fully contribute to the development of their country with their newly achieved knowledge and skills.

In their speeches, the students thanked first and foremost supporter and friend of GSU Jerair Nishanian, who gave them the opportunity to fulfill their dream and study at the university. Graduates also promised to help students in similar conditions at their first opportunity to do so.  

12 beneficiaries receive diplomas

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Nor Hatjn English Students Make Final Presentations.

July 30, 2010

After completing eight months of English classes, students from Nor Hatjn gathered at the English Department of the American University of Armenia to make their final presentations and demonstrate their progress. Classes were sponsored by the Bay Area Friends of Armenia (BAFA).

Students presented their power point entitled Famous People, which they had prepared with the help of their computer teacher. Afterwards some of the students presented their individual portfolios and they closed with the song Imagine . This joint effort of the students and their teacher Gayane Manukyan proved to be a successful outcome of hard work.

American University’s Associate Dean Dr. Farhady, Experimental English Classes Program Director Rubina Gasparyan, instructors Melissa Brown and Lilana Edilyan, FAR Soup Kitchens Coordinator Rafik Martirosyan, along with several parents, teachers, and students from Nor Hatjn attended.

Nor Hatjn English students receive certificates 

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR Scholarships]: Nishanian Scholars Graduate Gavar State University.

July 27, 2010

For nearly nine years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has implemented the Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program in Armenia through FAR. This program has given more than 50 socially vulnerable students from Gavar State University in the Gegharkunik region and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction the opportunity to continue on to higher education.

This year, 12 of the program’s 53 beneficiaries graduated from Gavar State University. One graduate student and seven undergraduate students earned degrees with honors, also known as “Red Diplomas.” Gavar State University Rector Ruzanna Hakobyan, Der Markos Bishop Hovhannisyan, Gegharkunik Diocese Primate, and other guests attended the ceremony. Ruzanna Hakobyan and Der Markos opened the ceremony with their welcome speeches.

While bittersweet, the atmosphere was also exciting and joyful. The 79 graduate students and 253 undergraduates had to say farewell to their beloved university, yet they were also proud. They are now able to fully contribute to the development of their country with their newly achieved knowledge and skills.

In their speeches, the students thanked first and foremost supporter and friend of GSU Jerair Nishanian, who gave them the opportunity to fulfill their dream and study at the university. Graduates also promised to help students in similar conditions at their first opportunity to do so.

Twelve beneficiaries received their diploma

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[ANSEF]: Lilit Yeghiazarian Meets ANSEF Recipients.

July 23, 2010

On July 20, Lilit Yeghiazarian, PhD and ANSEF Research Council member, met with current and former ANSEF grant winners at FAR’s Yerevan Office. The group discussed ways to improve the ANSEF program, including how to better coordinate the work of different scientific groups, as well as how to properly handle feedback and communication between ANSEF’s Research Council and the scientists who are submitting proposals.

Lilit emphasized the importance of giving young researchers the opportunity to not only pursue, but also improve their work so that they can be a part of Armenia’s next generation of competent scientists. She also thanked everyone for their great contribution, their devotion, and for the high quality of their work.

ANSEF scientists also made suggestions on how to improve the quality of ANSEF and expressed their deep gratitude to the ANSEF Research Council for their support.

Lilit Yeghiazarian met with ANSEF Grant recipients at the Yerevan office

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: Avagyan M.

June 30, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Avagyan M. lives with his mother and sisters in a small house in Ninotsminda, Javakhk, where they barely make ends meet. Avagyan and his family moved to Javakhk from Russia nine years ago after his father was killed in a car accident. While his mother initially found work at a local sewing factory, she eventually had to stop due to health problems.

Today, the family tries to grow their own potatoes to survive the winter and Avagyan and his sisters constantly look for odd jobs whenever they can. Despite the hardships, Avagyan tries his best to excel in school and at sports like soccer and biking. Now in tenth grade, he has received many academic awards for his grades. Avagyan was one of the recent recipients of a Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend during the recent CASP distribution in Javakhk.

This vital support will help Avagyan and his family purchase the necessities they need, and will ultimately enable Avagyan to continue to stay in school, graduate, and become a professional.

Avagyan with his mother

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR & BAFA Soup Kitchens]: A Necessary Lifeline.

June 2, 2010

The global economic crisis has hit communities hard all around the world. Armenia is no exception, which makes programs like the BAFA soup kitchens more important than ever. These kitchens, which are run jointly by FAR and the San Francisco-based Bay Area Friends of Armenia (BAFA), have become a crucial means of support for many families and individuals, both young and old.

The five soup kitchens were established 15 years ago to provide vital support to Armenians after the fall of the Soviet Union. Today, they continue to offer a lifeline by offering free meals, supplies, and even a social outlet to those in need. The kitchens — three in Yerevan and two in Ashtarak and Nor-Hajn — serve about 850 people a day?.

Among them are people like Roza Karapetyan, 78, whose pension of 19,000 AMD is barely enough for her to survive in her small room at the Nor-Hajn Dormitory. Roza and her husband left their lives in Artsvashen after the Azeri army seized the territory and forced out all Armenians in 1992. Her husband died two years after their arrival to this small town adjacent to Yerevan.

Another beneficiary is 38-year-old Susanna Khachatryan, a mother of two. Since her husband passed away, the soup kitchen has become her family’s only hope for salvation. Her daughters, Araksya, who is in the 7th grade, and Ani, who is in the 4th grade, are among its youngest beneficiaries.

“They are fond of the tasty meals served in the soup kitchen,” said Coordinator Rafik Martirosyan. “Though the country improved year after year in the period following independence, a certain layer of society still longs for its daily bread.” FAR and BAFA are doing their best to fill the void.

Araksya & Ani

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Rosa Karapetian

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Susanna with her daughters

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[FAR Scholarships]: FAR Announces Renewal Deadlines for the Jerair Nishanian Foundation Scholarship.

May 21, 2010

Second year students who wish to reapply for the Nishanian Foundation Scholarship can do so between July 1st and 13 th. FAR’s Educational Programs Coordinating Council will make their decisions on August 1.

Through the Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program about 50 students at Gavar State University, Yerevan State Engineering University, and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction, receive tuition coverage and monthly stipends to cover basic living costs, including transportation and school materials.

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Credit: Celine Kaladjian