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[ANSEF]: Former Scholarship Student Wins 2016 ANSEF Grant image

Dr. Vehanush Marukhyan has defied the odds stacked against her, using education as the tool to propel herself forward. The eldest of three daughters, Vehanush grew up in poverty. “My father was unemployed and my mother could hardly care for us on her low salary as a chemistry teacher back then. I would never have been able to study if it not for FAR and the Mathevosian Scholarship," said Vehanush. “Really, if it wasn’t for FAR I wouldn’t have my bachelor’s.”

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[FAR Scholarships]: Gulamerian Scholarship Helps Many Young Armenians Master Vocational Skills image

One of the goals of our Gulamerian Scholarship Program is to ensure that teenagers who grow up in orphanages are able to learn a trade or profession they can use once they transition out of these orphanages when they turn 18. Today, there are 117 teenagers and young people involved in the Gulamerian Scholarship Program, 80 of whom study cooking, cosmetology, carpentry, computer skills, etc.

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[FAR Scholarships]: One Gulamerian Scholar Finds Inspiration in Social Work image

Twenty-year-old Gohar Khachatryan is an ideal role model for others. Gohar started her bachelor’s degree last year in sociology from Yerevan State University (YSU). Recently she was chosen to spend the day as the school’s vice-rector, an honor and additional attribution for her CV. "They chose me based on my academic grades, active involvement in university issues, and my application. Then I underwent an interview and was the lucky one selected," said Gohar who was also chosen last year to be the Sociology Faculty’s dean for a day.

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[FAR New York]: Margaret Ahnert Continues to Empower Armenian Female Journalists image

Margaret Ahnert is a household name in Armenia, especially among aspiring young female journalists. As a philanthropist who cares about empowering the young talents of Armenia in the media, the celebrated author of the award-winning book The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide is a frequent visitor to and activist for the nation of her roots.

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[FAR Scholarships]: FAR Selects the 2016 Antranik and Betty Berberian Scholarship Recipients image

The need for highly-qualified labor in the field of biotechnology has gradually increased in Armenia, thanks to new start-up companies that have opened their doors in the country over the past several years. As such, FAR donors Antranik and Betty Berberian have focused their support on those studying in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, informatics, and applied mathematics.

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[FAR Scholarships]: FAR Supports Local Girls Home with Donation image

A big part of our educational work here at FAR focuses on helping youth who have been raised in orphanages. Our Gulamerian Scholarship Program in particular has been a longstanding initiative in this area, as it primarily helps young girls to fund their educations once they age out of institutionalized care at 18. Yet the Gulamerian Program also provides support to local initiatives in other ways. Most recently, the program made it possible to donate a sewing machine to the residents of Mer Doon, an NGO that provides a supportive home to orphaned young women over 18 by ultimately steering them away from a life that might otherwise lead them to live on the streets or turn to prostitution, until they can find their own stable home.

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