From “Aleppo” NGO
Responding to the need of Syrian-Armenian students for scholarships
On November 22, the Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ARTF) of the World Council of Churches and “Aleppo” Compatriotic Charitable Foundation (“Aleppo” NGO) granted scholarships to students having taken shelter in Armenia as a result of the Syrian conflict. The scholarships were granted through the Bright Future for Young Syrian-Armenians Program.
This program is a response to the educational and vocational needs of Syrian-Armenian students through the reimbursement of tuition fees. The students are selected through an open contest declared with specific deadlines and are evaluated based on their high academic achievement, community service and irrefutable opinion of society.
On this occasion, the Office of the ARTF hosted the scholarship recipients and the young people actively engaged in the program. First, they paid a cognitive visit to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, after which they visited the Ruben Sevak Art Museum and were greeted by the museum’s director, Father Sevak Saribekyan, who showed them the gallery devoted to Ruben Sevak, Krikor Zohrab, Siamanto, Daniel Varoujan and other intellectuals and over 200 works of art, as well as the items and paintings belonging to Ruben Sevak. The youth also visited the Treasury of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin where they saw samples provided by Diaspora Armenians and attesting the great talent of Armenian craftsmen and their perception of beauty.
After the visit to Ruben Sevak Museum, the young people were greeted by Executive Director of the ARTF Office, Dr. Karen Nazaryan and Executive Director of “Aleppo” NGO Sarkis Balkhian. Head of the Department for Armenian Communities in the Near East and the Middle East at the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Levon Antonyan, External Relations Officer of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Anahit Hayrapetyan and Finance Officer of the AGBU Yerevan Office Lena Baghdasaryan honored the event with their presence.
Overall, there were 57 applications for the scholarship competition declared in Fall 2018 that were observed by an independent Selection Committee consisting of representatives of the ARTF and “Aleppo” NGO and Syrian-Armenian students. Each application was observed in detail, taking into consideration the applicant’s achievements, community service and social-economic needs. Based on the results, 34 scholarship recipients representing 14 educational institutions were selected to receive scholarships.