Yerevan – The COAF Jack and Zarig Yuredjian Scholarship Fund Since its inception in 2019, it has awarded a total of 352 scholarships. The purpose of the fund is to provide students from COAF-supported rural communities with a life-changing opportunity to pursue Armenian-led higher education. Universities. A large number of rural Armenian youth cannot afford a university education, and most need financial assistance after high school.
Philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Zarig Yuredjian of Los Angeles established their scholarship fund when they realized how many rural youth needed financial assistance to pursue higher education during a 2019 trip to Armenia. Their fund is committed to providing university scholarships to COAF Alumni from over 50 beneficiary villages. Recipients must demonstrate exemplary leadership, academic excellence, integrity and good citizenship. Regardless of whether an undergraduate or graduate degree is earned, the student’s full tuition is paid until graduation
The first Yuridjian Scholarships, awarded in the 2020-2021 academic year, will provide critical support to students in rural Armenia who have faced the pandemic and devastating war. Fields of study include education, business administration, IT, medicine and law. Currently, 87 percent of graduates are working in their profession.
The Youredjian Scholarship Program presents an important component in addition to awarding scholarships. Students are provided with professional development packages during their studies. These include internships, mentorships, employability skills training and community development projects for their hometowns.
Many scholarship recipients have started projects in their local communities. One example is Argishti Aleksanyan, a software engineer who organized computer programming and professional orientation workshops in his hometown of Dalaryk (Armavir Province). “A scholarship is a true blessing. It inspired me to share my knowledge and skills with the youth in my area. I have been working in the field of study for 2 years now, thanks in part to my mentors at HSBC Armenia who taught me important workplace skills,” said Argishti, who graduated from Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction. Winter.
The Jack and Zarig Youredjian Scholarship Fund is one of the philanthropic initiatives of the Youredjian family to provide opportunities for underserved communities in Armenia and internationally. Additional significant contributions to COAF include the funding of SMART Initiatives in Lori and Armavir districts, the construction of a regional health center in Diseg, ongoing support for child and family centers, and economic development projects in the regions of Armenia. In recognition of their outstanding philanthropic work, Euredgeians received the COAF 2019 Humanitarian Award at the 16th Annual COAF Holiday Gala.