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AUA Extension Offers Beacon of Hope to Syrian-Armenians

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Increased Philanthropic Support Allows American University of Armenia to Expand Access to Tuition-Free Courses

YEREVAN–AUA Extension continues to provide the Syrian-Armenian population in Armenia with vital assistance, harnessing philanthropic support to provide tuition-free courses for college preparation and career development.

“Education is Armenia’s strength and future,” said Ms. Judy Saryan, who recently joined philanthropists Sonia and Zaven Akian and Rita and Adam Kablanian in support of the much-needed scholarship. “I am very pleased to support AUA’s outreach to Syrian-Armenian students.”

AUA has expanded the program to meet the growing needs of Armenia’s nascent Syrian-Armenian community. Thus far, over 170 students have benefitted from the program and another 230 students, previously on a waiting list, are now scheduled to receive funding from the scholarship.

Ms. Judy Saryan of Massachusetts recently joined philanthropists Sonia and Zaven Akian and Rita and Adam Kablanian in support of the much-needed scholarship program. Earlier this year, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund also contributed to ensure access to the program was available to more students.  Generous donations from anonymous sources have also contributed to the success of this program.

“These generous, gifts came at a critical time for us, allowing AUA to swiftly develop classes and meet the needs of the students who were coming to us for help,” said AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian.  “We are grateful for the community’s support,” added Boghosian.

Established last year, the scholarship allows Syrian-Armenian students now living in Armenia to enroll in any two courses offered by AUA Extension for free. The majority of these students have taken courses in English or preparatory courses for the TOEFL iBT and GRE exams required for admission to AUA.

“By offering these classes, free of charge, AUA is able to provide some stability to these students at a time of uncertainty in their lives,” said Dr. Arpie Balian, Director of AUA Extension. “The program we developed provides tuition-free courses in both our degree programs as well as in Extension.”

AUA Extension’s mission is to expand Armenia’s academic, industrial, and technological development by fostering growth through accessible, high-quality education, adult training and lifelong learning opportunities. To support the expansion of AUA Extension and this vital scholarship program, please visit

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia.  Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California. Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.

AUA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. 

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