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Empower the Future of Armenia by Supporting AUA Students

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YEREVAN, Armenia — The American University of Armenia (AUA)’s mission is to provide access to a high-quality, world-class education to students from all over the country. The University believes that through education, not only can individual lives be changed, but nations can also be transformed. Thus, AUA is committed to offering its students an academic experience that will equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to become the next leaders of Armenia.

However, many of the youth in Armenia face obstacles to reaching this goal — not due to a lack of intelligence or talent, but because of financial constraints that can prove to be barriers standing between them and academic success. As such, AUA is committed to a need-blind admission policy, and through donors’ financial support, the University can help them overcome these hurdles. By lending support to the AUA Scholarship Program, donors can ensure that every deserving student who works hard to receive admission to AUA will have the opportunity to follow their educational aspirations and accomplish their goals. 

Below, AUA has highlighted a few of its talented scholarship program beneficiaries. The University encourages potential donors to consider investing in the education of AUA students. To learn more, visit:

Diana SargsyanDiana Sargsyan (BSCS ’23, MSCIS ’25)

AIWA San Francisco: Suzanna Khatchatrian Scholarship 

Hi! I’m Diana. I am from Yerevan. 

I earned my bachelor’s degree in computer science at AUA and decided to continue my education at the University with a master’s degree in computer and information sciences. Throughout my years at AUA, I have encountered both exhilarating successes and daunting challenges. The rigorous academic environment has taught me the importance of dedication. I have strived to excel in my chosen courses, utilizing every opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills. Today, as a master’s student, I am dedicated to pushing my boundaries further and enhancing my skills for future career growth.

My academic journey has sparked a newfound interest in the field of biotechnology. With my background in computer science and deep learning skills, I aspire to combine my passion for technology with the latest advancements in biotechnology. My goal is to develop innovative machines and systems that will assist medical professionals in accurate and efficient diagnoses. By leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and data analysis, I envision contributing to the healthcare sector in a way that can make a tangible difference in people’s lives. 

Our family’s financial circumstances were far from ideal, and without the support of the AUA Scholarship Program, attending a university of such high caliber would have remained an unattainable dream. Receiving a scholarship has not only eased the financial burden, but also instilled in me a renewed sense of hope and determination, for which I am eternally grateful.

Meruzhan Khachatryan Meruzhan Khachatryan (BSCS ’26)

Armenian Professional Society Scholarship

Hi! My name is Meruzhan. I am from Etchmiadzin, Armavir region. 

I chose to study data science at AUA, as I believe this field holds the key to some of the most pressing challenges in the world today. Data science is at the forefront of innovation, and its applications span various industries, from healthcare to finance and beyond. I am passionate about harnessing the power of data to make informed decisions, solve complex problems, and drive positive change in society. 

I completed my mandatory military service and returned to my studies in March 2023. I decided to pursue higher education at AUA, as it is renowned for its rigorous academic programs and commitment to excellence in education. The University’s faculty and resources in the field of data science are exceptional, providing me with a solid foundation and the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. My educational journey at AUA is a stepping stone toward achieving my long-term goals. I aim to become a data scientist working on impactful projects, whether in improving healthcare outcomes, optimizing business operations, or addressing environmental challenges.

Becoming a scholarship recipient brought immeasurable joy to my life. My family has always been my pillar of support, and your generosity has lightened their load, allowing them to focus on their well-being and our shared dreams for a brighter future, for which I am profoundly grateful. I feel immensely fortunate to have a benefactor who believes in my potential and has invested in my future. Your support ignited a sense of purpose in me, and I promise to work tirelessly to uphold the faith you have placed in me and to make the most of this invaluable opportunity.

Mari AtayanMari Atayan (BAB ’27)

Dr. Thomas Varbedian Scholarship

Hello! I’m Mari from Kapan, Syunik region. 

I am a freshman studying in the Bachelor’s of Arts in Business program at AUA. Recently, I took my first steps toward starting my own small business by learning to crochet and sell small toys. Crafts and handmade work are appreciated in my hometown, and it was my first glimpse into the business world. 

I come from a big family, where the only breadwinner is my father. My grandmother and one of my brothers have health issues, and the majority of our income goes toward their care and the overall expenses of our family. In addition to my tuition, my parents would have to pay for my move to Yerevan and rent an apartment, which was impossible. However, thanks to the scholarship program at AUA, I was able to attend the University despite the financial challenges. It is difficult to put into words how much this scholarship means to me. Studying at AUA was my biggest dream, and I now feel like nothing can stop me from becoming the professional I always wanted to be. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.

I look forward to exploring my business ideas with the knowledge and experience I gain at AUA. Perhaps I will expand my business of handmade crafts or choose to specialize in tourism and hotel management. Whatever I choose to do in the future, I want to be the best at it. Thanks to the kind-hearted donors of AUA, I have been given the opportunity to challenge myself and find my professional path. Thank you very much for your generosity.

Narek OhanyanNarek Ohanyan (BSCS ’26)

Vicken & Sossy Aharonian Scholarship

Hi, I’m Narek! I am from Ararat province.

I am a second-year student majoring in computer science. This decision was fueled by my passion for finding digital solutions to environmental problems. I am also minoring in environmental studies. Technology can be a powerful tool in addressing pressing issues, and I am committed to positively impacting our planet through my studies and future career as an IT project manager.

One of the highlights of the past year was my participation in COP27 as an Armenian Party Delegate and United Nations (UN) Youth and Children High-Level Climate Champion of Central Asia and Europe. This experience deepened my understanding of global environmental challenges and strengthened my resolve to contribute meaningfully to the fight against climate change.

Additionally, I have continued my engagement in eco-education and environmental activism through collaborations with organizations such as the UN, UNICEF, USAID, European Union, and UNESCO on various campaigns, furthering my commitment to creating a sustainable future. These experiences have reinforced my belief that change begins with education and awareness, and I am dedicated to spreading knowledge about environmental issues.

In the spirit of giving back, I am also leading the Climapolis start-up project to bring innovation to eco-education. I have created several board games on climate change, in addition to other educational materials. This initiative aligns with my long-term goal of utilizing technology to address environmental challenges, fostering a sense of responsibility among future generations.

Anahit BaghdasaryanAnahit Baghdasaryan (BSESS ’27)

Ashkhen Matentsian Memorial Scholarship

Herb Schiff & Linda Shahinian Scholarship

Father Movses and Garoun Ghazaryan Memorial Scholarship 

Hi! I’m Anahit. I’m 18 years old, and I reside in Yerevan.

Throughout my educational journey, I have always taken risks in pursuit of a better future. My parents have instilled in me the importance of striving for the better, urging me to keep moving forward. Beyond my academics, I have pursued several hobbies, including pottery, beadwork, hiking, drawing, and origami. My biggest passion, though, has always been dancing. For the past 14 years, I have performed traditional dances that showcase the rich cultural heritage of Armenia, representing our traditions and values in various countries across the world.

I have always held a deep love for nature and a keen interest in sciences, particularly physics, chemistry, and biology. When I learned about the newly launched bachelor’s program in environmental and sustainability sciences at AUA, I knew it was my calling. It felt as though this path was tailor-made for me, and I was destined to become a professional in this field. I firmly believe that it holds immense importance for our country.

Your support not only helps me as a student, but also contributes to a brighter future for our nation. I am driven to work harder, knowing that your investment in my education will yield remarkable returns.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.