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Happy Birthday to a Wonderful Mentor.

On March 8, FAR's ANSEF and Educational Projects Coordinator Eduard Karapetyan celebrated his 55th birthday. FAR's Mathevosian Scholarship Program beneficiaries prepared a beautiful surprise for him -- a colorful plaque with photos of their mentor's professional and home life, also covered with messages of sincere congratulations and warm wishes.

The birthday celebration demonstrated how Eduard isn't someone who merely monitors student progress in school, but someone who addresses their needs like an endlessly supportive parent.

He serves as a unique liaison between the students and their benefactors. He is a friend to the students and his care and advice help the students to keep focused on their work. Perhaps this is the reason why, even after they graduate and move on to the next stage in their lives, they continue to visit FAR's office and share stories of their achievements with Eduard.

As a graduate of Mathevosian Scholarship Program I have for many years witnessed this honest man's attention and kind attitude toward the students. I joined everyone for Eduard's celebration. I wish him many healthy years full of enthusiasm and happiness. I know he will help so many scholarship beneficiaries in building their future, just as he did for me. Happy Birthday, Eduard.

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.


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