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[Science and Education]: Bringing New Opportunities to Future Students standard

11,525 prospective students will be applying to higher educational institutions of Armenia for the 2014-2015 academic year. As such, FAR is expecting to receive numerous applications from students to seize the opportunities offered by the FAR Education Programs. Future students will have a chance to apply to six different scholarship programs: Mathevosian Scholarship, Jerar Nishanian Foundation Scholarship, Gulamerian Foundation Scholarship, Ester Ajemian Scholarship, Armine and Garabed Zambak Scholarship, and the Mardigian Scholarship. Since 1997, FAR has provided scholarships to students all over Armenia. At the moment, more than 300 students receive our benefactors’ generous support. You can read more about our scholarship students’ experience with FAR in our feature stories below: Click here to meet Marlena Manukyan  who is studying International ...

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[Science and Education]: Ensuring Conditions for Healthy Activities in Berd standard

The Chinchin village school in Berd region will soon have a renovated gym. Students will be able to play basketball and volleyball, and hold proper PE classes there. Nare Antonyan, 17, is a 2014 graduate of the school and will soon test her knowledge as she applies to college in the nation’s capital Yerevan. While Nare will hardly have the chance to enjoy the shiny new gym at her beloved school, she is happy that her village mates will have the chance instead. “It is not just about me, but also my friends. They will play in the renovated gym and I will be happy for them,” Nare says with a sweet smile. Until then, the students in Chinchin play ...

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[Science and Education]: ANSEF Helps to Build a Successful Young Generation of Scientists standard

The success stories of FAR beneficiaries inspire the FAR team’s work in Armenia every day. Sometimes these stories are extraordinary – such as the success of ANSEF grant recipient and principal investigator Dr. Artak Barseghyan. In October of 2013 Dr. Barseghyan was awarded “The Best Scientific Work” award on the occasion of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia’s 70th anniversary. The event was organized by the World Armenian Congress, the Union of Armenians of Russia, the Ministry of Diaspora and the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. In the past, Dr. Barseghyan has been honored with a double award for his scientific works by the U.S. Civilian Research Foundation (CRDF), among various other awards, certificates, and diplomas from ...

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[Science and Education]: A Special Calling standard

Araks Arakelyan has felt a special calling in life since a very young age: to serve others. She was born just two months after her father, a freedom fighter of the Karabagh War, had returned home to Sisian with news of peace. Araks, now 20 years old, is able to pursue her dream of improving others’ lives thanks to FAR’s Avedis and Arsho Baghsarian Scholarship. She is in her second year of studies at the Yerevan State University and was recently recruited by Yerevan TV’s Lratu news program. Araks is very excited for the changes her work will enable her to bring. Namely, she can’t wait for her video report about inclusive education in Armenia to be aired on TV. ...

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[Science and Education]: Jerar Nishanian Scholars Continue to Demonstrate Academic Excellence standard

Fifty-one Jerar Nishanian Scholarship recipients who have demonstrated academic excellence this school year were recently awarded with honorary certificates from the Jerar Nishanian Foundation. A recent meeting held at Gavar State University recognized their progress. In addition, 22 Jerar Nishanian scholars recently graduated from Gavar State University. The other 30 scholars will continue their studies as continuation of their scholarships has been confirmed for the 2013-2014 academic year. All students expressed their deep gratitude for the help and support they receive from the Jerar Nishanian Foundation.

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[Science and Education]: A Striking Example of Efficient Cooperation standard

The Gavar Special School #1 unveiled its renovated main entrance with a newly-installed ramp and its Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Room during a beautiful opening ceremony on September 17. The event was the culmination of efforts by Gavar Special School #1 New York Auxiliary Committee member Cano Ozgener from New York – in memory of his beloved parents Haigaser and Siranoush Ozgener (Berberian). The renovation was made possible through the Committee’s collaboration with longtime partner FAR to renovate individual parts of the school. The Gavar #1 Special School was established in the regional center of the Gegharquniq region 35 years ago to serve children with physical and mental disabilities. In its mission to care for, treat, and educate the children, ...

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[FAR Education]: 23 New Future Leaders of Armenia standard

In the past weeks, The FAR Educational Council members have visited the homes of 52 applicants of the Anoosh Mathevosian scholarship program. The home visits are a part of the evaluation process to determine each applicant’s need and social conditions. During the visits, the Educational Council witnessed tough living conditions of students that are clearly struggling to make ends meet. Upon graduating from school this past spring, the dream is to continue their education in Armenia, but their families lack the financial means to make their dreams come true. Moreover, this year was especially difficult for those wishing to study in universities, as tuition fees have increased by $200-380, a significant amount for most Armenian families. Following the home visits ...

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[Science and Education]: Astronomy Quest standard

Who of us as a child did not dream of exploring space and studying the birth, life and death of stars and galaxies? Who didn’t dream of becoming an astronaut? Most likely, we all did. Since last November, schoolchildren of Armenia and Karabagh have had the opportunity to study these subjects through a cognitive series of lectures that astrophysicist Dr. Areg Mickaelian regularly organizes for them at their schools. The program is called the Armenian Astronomical Society School Lectures, which were developed and sponsored by Dr. Yervant Terzian, the founder of ANSEF. An ANSEF grantee himself, Dr. Mickaelian developed his idea of wanting to educate children into a simple but insightful course on astrophysics for the students of certain schools, ...

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[Science and Education]: Towards a More Effective Use of Water Resources standard

A group of ANSEF Research Award-winning researchers has recently carried  out a comprehensive investigation in the water basin of Lake Sevan which holds more than 80% of water resources in Armenia. They state that nowadays, Sevan faces an unsteady ecological situation. The aim of the research project was to study groups of interacting organisms that live in a particular habitat and form an ecological community (biocenosis) formed in the flooded territory of the lake. Human intervention has dramatically changed the ecosystem of Lake Sevan. Overexploitation of its water resources in the Soviet era for the Sevan-Hrazdan hydro-power cascade and irrigation projects have resulted in the decrease of the lake level by about 20 meters. As a result, some hydro-biological changes ...

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[Science and Education]: The Flip Side of a Girl from the Bronx standard

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert: writer, traveler, artist, and benefactor whose humanitarian lifestyle has impacted a great number of people in the most different ways. Founder of FAR’s Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program she is eager to expand support and enable more young Armenians to have access to higher education. Click on this link to read Ms. Ajemian Ahnert’s interview with the Armenian Weekly which reveals her spiritual attachment and dedication to Armenia.  

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