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It is My Duty to be Useful to My People

Tatevik Khachatryan is one of the first recipients of FAR’s newest scholarships, the Zabel Yesayan Scholarship Program, which aims to help lovers of language, literature and education earn their college degrees.

Launched in 2020 in honor of the famous Armenian novelist, translator, and professor of literature, Zabel Yesayan, the scholarship is awarded on a highly competitive basis to young talented students from socially vulnerable families.

The eldest of three children from Armenia’s Gegharkunik Region, 19-year-old Tatevik could not otherwise have afforded university since her family makes the equivalent of just $60 per month through the sale of their vegetables along with their government assistance. Now she has the chance to study Armenian Language and Literature at Yerevan State University.

This scholarship has relieved her family of its financial burden, said Tatevik, who dreams of becoming a teacher and who is excited to be able to focus on learning. “Without it, I wouldn’t be able to get my university degree,” she said.

Tatevik said she admires the character of Zabel Yesayan. “She had an unbroken spirit and she was determined to serve her country and its people,” she said. “Like her, I consider it my duty to be useful to my people through my contribution to education and the progress of my homeland.”

To support aspiring young dreamers and doers like Tatevik, or to even start a scholarship program, consider supporting FAR’s Education Program today.


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