Mathevosian scholars come from all regions of Armenia and they study atvarious institutions around the country, the majority of whom are at Yerevan StateUniversity.We are proud to announce the latest successes of our Mathevosian Scholarship Program recipients.  Of the 72 scholars for 2012-2013, 54 have achieved good or excellent academic results. During a recent meeting of FAR’s Education Programs Coordinating Council, three of the undergraduate students were awarded grants of 80,000 AMD each, and all students with excellent results received certificates of achievement from FAR.

This year’s Mathevosian scholars come from all regions of Armenia and they study at various institutions around the country, the majority of whom are at Yerevan State University. Twenty seven are at the State University of Economics; 12 at Armenian State Engineering University and two study at the State Agrarian University of Armenia. Fifty-three are pursuing their master’s degrees and the rest are undergraduates, pursuing myriad studies, which include IT, philology, economics, international relations and journalism, among others.

Some of the students who are working on their master’s degrees have already found positions in their fields. Lilit Makyan now works at Crown Chemicals LLC as an accountant. Nare Harutyunyan is now an operator at Etchmiadzin Cadastral Property LLC. Gohar Torosyan is a chief accountant at Avart LLC and Ani Qalashyan is a cashier at ADF Shops LLC- DUFRY Company. Arevik Mosinyan works at Ararat Bank LLC as a cashier. Suren Martirosyan has an Internet club in Moscow. Varsik Ghazaryan is a website operator at www.menu.am. David Kocharyan is an engineer-economist at Armenian Soft LLC and Haykanush Tovmasyan is an operator at Armobil Security Company. Finally, Marina Mirzoyan is a rate manager at Contech Telecommunications LLC. Several Mathevosian scholars also intern at the Acopian Center, a research center at the American University of Armenia, where they work with the Center’s specialists on subjects like biology, environmental statistics and the international relations aspect of environmental policies.

All of us at FAR are proud of the successes these students have made and we will continue to support them as they pursue their educations. We are also extremely proud of the volunteer work they have done to give back to their society. In May, Mathevosian scholars paid a regular visit to Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH). Students communicated with the residents of VOAH, became acquainted with their stories and also talked with them about their studies and current news. Chess and backgammon competitions were held between students and the residents, and the day concluded with a concert of Armenian folk songs by students from Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory.

Mathevosian Scholarship recipients actively volunteer at the FAR Children’s Center. Some of them organize classes in national dance for the kids, others give singing lessons. And this year, scholars even spent a day volunteering to collect apricots in the village of Yervandashat for the village’s farming collective, which agreed to provide some of the dried fruit to FAR’s soup kitchens.