Support for higher education is another major component of FAR’s work. Tuition fees at both private and public institutions are increasing, and as a result many students are unable to afford college. With numerous scholarship programs, FAR provides a vital opportunity to Armenian youth who wish to continue their education at both state and private universities, or trade schools:
Gulamerian Vocational Training and Education Program
The Gulamerian Vocational Training and Education Program is a flagship program, which FAR implemented in 2000. It caters to a very important population of young Armenians. Each year, many young adults who have grown up in orphanages transition to the outside world, often with little opportunity to continue on to higher education. The Gulamerian Program provides older orphans access to education through tuition coverage and monthly living stipends so they can gain the skills necessary to compete in the job market. FAR builds relationships with these recipients throughout their education and assists them with job searches once they graduate.
Mathevosian Scholarship Program
FAR’s Mathevosian Scholarship Program provides much-needed assistance to students from extremely poor families. More than half of these recipients grew up in households with only one parent or with disabled parents. Through tuition coverage and a stipend Mathevosian scholars have the opportunity to study at leading institutions.
Jerar Nishanian Scholarship Program
The Nishanian Scholarship Program helps students at Gavar State University, Yerevan State Engineering University and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction, with tuition coverage and monthly stipends to cover basic living costs, including transportation and school materials.
Sayan Scholarship Program
The Sayan Scholarship Program supports the 20 best students at Yerevan State Conservatory through partial scholarships.
Ashot Hayrapetyan Education Grants Program
The Ashot Hayrapetyan Education Grants Program first launched in 2007 and was revived in 2009. Grants are given to 150 young students at universities throughout Yerevan.
Margaret Ajemian Ahnert Scholarship Program
Established in July 2010, this scholarship aims to specifically support and empower aspiring female journalists by providing the opportunity to receive the education and training they need. The scholarship provides full tuition and monthly stipends to female graduate students in Armenia.
Garabed and Armine Zambak Scholarship
The Garabed and Armine Zambak Scholarship was established in May 2010. It provides full tuition coverage to graduate students at Armenian universities who have demonstrated a commitment to studies in political science, international relations or public administration.
Anoosh Mathevosian Scholarship
In 2007, FAR started the Anoosh Mathevosian Scholarship in partnership with Yerevan State Medical University. The program assists YSMU graduates in specializing during their clinical residency program. After graduation, scholars then put those new skills into practice at one of Armenia's provincial hospitals for anywhere between three and five years.
Other scholarship programs, including the Ghazarosian, Takushian, Vicki and Raffi Honhannisian, A. Berberian, and the Philadelphia Armenian Education Fund, have enabled students to continue their studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Yerevan State University, Yerevan State Conservatory and Gitelik University, among others.