In early childhood, Armenak Minasyants realized his purposes in life: to become a diplomat and to learn how to play tennis and speak English.

At age five, the latter seemed the logical means to an end. “I always associated diplomatic careers with tennis and Great Britain, therefore I committed myself to learn English and to attend tennis classes,” he said.

 

 

Today, the 29-year-old believes that his bulldog determination and dedication were what pushed him to accomplish. He accredits much of this to his grandparents, particularly his goal-oriented and self-disciplined grandfather, Mikael. “I was nine months old when I started to talk. My grandpa used to challenge me often. I was one when he taught me to repeat complex words; Rio de Janeiro was the most difficult one,” he said with a smile.

Since 2009, Armenak has run the External Relations Department of the Constitutional Court of Armenia.

 

 

Armenak started studying international relations at Yerevan State University (YSU) in 2006. In 2010, he applied for a master’s degree program at YSU, also in international relations, but he couldn’t afford the $1,350 annual tuition. His choice: either ask his family to borrow the money from someone or take out a loan, or Armenak would drop the idea until after completing his two years of military service, after which he would try to figure out another solution.

During the summer of 2010, FAR announced it was accepting applications for its Armine and Garabed Zambak Scholarship Program. Armenak was among those selected. “FAR’s scholarship eased my family’s financial burden. I don’t know what would have happened to me if not for this scholarship. The other scenario would have been enlisting in the army, but I’m not sure if I would have wanted to continue my study after two years of service. Also, the scholarship opened a door to FAR’s small, yet unique family,” he said.

 

 

Armenak understands the importance of investing in students and as a professor of international law and European integration at the Center for European Studies in YSU, he tries to help his students to think and act independently. For Armenak, education has always been the catalyst for molding caring and responsible citizens who are genuinely concerned with and capable of contributing to a just, peaceful and sustainable country.

“What I like most about FAR is its clear commitment to its vision and mission. FAR has taught me that our country is too nice to leave or to think about leaving. On the contrary, we must invest in our country and in its human resources. We must multiply the bank of our success stories through our steps and actions,” he said.