Maria Sargsyan is currently in her first year at Haybusak Medical University.
“I have goals and my priority now is to study to become a competent professional,” said the 20-year-old who already holds a nursing degree and who wants to eventually become an obstetrician.
Growing up in an orphanage, Maria had to make tough decisions from early childhood, which shaped her into the strong young woman she is today.
“I used to work the nursing night shifts at Erebuni Medical Center. I liked my job and my supervisor, Anahit Hovikovna Ananyan, a wonderful doctor who played a great role in my life. I want to become a professional like her,” she said.
Maria is supported by FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship Program, which helps young people who have aged out of orphanages to pursue university or vocational training. The scholarship primarily covers tuition and provides a monthly stipend. She currently lives in the dormitory at Mer Doon, a local NGO that helps young women to take classes in things like ethics, Russian, English, art history and design, as well as cooking.
“I am not a passive person. I don’t like to feel stuck; I like to move forward,” Maria said.
This year FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship will support 65 students.