AUA Extension Offers Beacon of Hope to Syrian-Armenians

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

Syrian-Armenian students at AUA

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

YEREVAN - American University of Armenia 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 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.

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 http://www.aua.am/giving.

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.