His Dream is to Be a Diplomat. FAR is Helping Him to Make it Happen.




Since childhood, Karen Ghazaryan, now 26, has dreamed of one day becoming a diplomat. He has always looked for ways to increase his knowledge of international affairs, whether it be through watching TV news as a child or debating current affairs with his fellow students.

To make his dream come true, Karen left his native city of Spitak in 2015 to study international relations at Yerevan State University. When he wanted to continue to earn his master’s he applied for FAR’s Armine and Garabed Zambak Scholarship Program.

“The tuition was expensive and I still had to find a way to pay the rent,” said Karen. "I was hoping I’d find a way and soon enough I learned about FAR and the Zambak Scholarship Program."

In addition to his studies, Karen has been involved in a number of charitable initiatives to support disadvantaged families, children with disabilities, and Artsakh war veterans. While community service is a requirement of FAR’s scholarships Karen has taken the initiative to do additional volunteering on his own.

A recipient of several different awards, Karen is also involved in theParliamentary Internship and Fellowship Program at the National Democratic Institute and he has worked closely with the President of Armenia’s National Assembly to contribute to parliamentary diplomacythrough his research. Through his work, he aims to support Armenia’s future.

“I belong here and will deploy my knowledge effectively in Armenia,” he said.