Posts Tagged ‘armenian education’


[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


[FAR Schools]: FAR Secures Funding for School Renovations.

July 22, 2010

FAR recently secured a $25,000 grant from the Open Society Institute, which will help the organization’s efforts to rehabilitate the Gavar Special School and improve its vocational training program.

The school is situated in Gegharkunik Marz, the poorest region in Armenia, and it is the only government-run school in the area targeted to disabled and handicapped children. While staff salaries and utilities are financed by the government, no funding has been dedicated to improving infrastructure until now.

FAR’s efforts will enhance the school’s vocational training in sewing, knitting, embroidery, and wood carving workshops. FAR will also re-establish Gavar’s physical training facility, which is currently devoid of equipment. In addition, the school needs to be made handicapped accessible. Over the next year, this project will help to improve the school’s capacity to serve children in need and help them gain skills they can ultimately use to support themselves.

Gavar’s old courtyard with provisional goal area

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: Armine Zambak establishes the FAR Garabed and Armine Zambak Scholarship Fund.

July 21, 2010

The Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) is proud to announce the establishment of an endowment fund to support the education of a new generation of political leaders in Armenia. Armine Zambak created the endowment for FAR, transferring financial resources from an existing scholarship program she established in 1992 in honor of her late husband, Garabed Zambak. Now, each fall the new FAR Garabed and Armine Zambak Scholarship Fund will provide full scholarships to four outstanding graduate students at Armenian universities who have demonstrated a commitment to political science or public administration, and who wish to pursue a career in politics.

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Armine and Garabed Zambak


Credit: Armine and Garabed Zambak Family Archive


[FAR Schools]: New Computers Will Benefit Gavar #1 Special School.

July 7, 2010

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author of The Knock at the Door who traveled to Armenia in April, recently donated brand new computers to the Gavar #1 Special School.

Ms. Ahnert visited the school as well as some other FAR projects after presenting the Armenian translation of her book at the Genocide museum in Yerevan. She was compelled to give after meeting with the 80 disabled children who attend the school, talking with them, and learning about their interests and hobbies.

Until now, the school has only had two worn out machines to work from. All of us at FAR would like to express our gratitude for this generous donation. These new computers are sure to be utilized and enjoyed by students for years to come.

New Computers at the Gavar Special School

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: Gavar Special School Renovations in Progress.

June 16, 2010

Gavar #1 Special School renovations have officially started. The school’s Recovery Physical Therapeutic Center, which caters to children with mental and physical disabilities, is expected to be updated with modern amenities and equipment by the time the new year starts in September thanks to FAR’s support. These renovations will make it possible for children in need of such support to stay at their home school for treatment instead of spending valuable time and resources searching for alternative facilities for help.

This week, FAR staff members Edik Karapetyan and Hambardzum Simonyan along with Chief Engineer Harutyun Hovsepyan paid a visit to Gavar and were able to see some of the progress made on the construction since their previous visit in April. They were joined by the Very Reverend Father Aren Jebejian from St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, a member of the Armenian Church’s Supreme Spiritual Council, Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Father Aren is aware of the school’s issues after having spent one year in the region as the Spiritual Father of Gegharkunik Diocese by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Very Reverend Father Aren Jebejian visits Gavar

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Gavar #1 Special School renovations have officially started

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: Holiday in Yerevan.

May 26, 2010

Below are some photos taken by our staff at the Last Bell Holiday festival in Yerevan on May 21. Six graduates of the Hintlian School along with their teachers and parents were able to join in the fun thanks to the support of the Constantinople Armenians Relief Society (CARS) which helped to cover their travel expenses.

FAR in collaboration with CARS last year made major improvements at the Hintlian school, including providing stipends to children in need and also to selected graduates to help fund their college education.

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan


[FAR Scholarships]: FAR now accepting applications for its Mathevosian Scholarship Program.

May 12, 2010

FAR recently announced that it is now accepting applications for the Mathevosian Scholarship Program for the 2010-2011 school year. Announcements have been posted at universities around Yerevan and Gyumri, the Krtutyun newspaper, and an announcement was made through the Armenian Association for Academic Partnership & Support (ARMACAD).

For the past 12 years, FAR’s Mathevosian Scholarship Program provided much-needed assistance to students from extremely poor families. Nearly 60 students received FAR Scholarships through different programs during the 2009-2010 school year and the hope is for that number to grow.

Applications can also be found on FAR’s website –

Mathevosian Scholarship Application
Mathevosian Scholarship Application Guidelines

2010 Mathevosian Scholars

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Credit: Garnik Nanagoulian