In 2008, Gyumri native Janna Harutyunyan was awarded the Mathevosian Scholarship, giving her the opportunity to study international relations at Yerevan State University. She is one of 65 Mathevosian scholars whose tuition fees are covered by FAR, thanks to the generous support of Armenian American benefactor Anush Mathevosian. Recently, Janna was awarded the “YSU Best Student” prize on International Students Day.
“When I first learned that I was selected as FAR Program beneficiary, I cried tears of joy,” Janna exclaimed. “If not for this, my unemployed parents in Gyumri would hardly be able to pay for my education.”
Since her first days as a YSU student, she’s been eager to prove herself a “Mathevosiantsi” and has earned excellent grades. Along the way, she’s received certificates of excellence from FAR, in addition to some monetary awards for her stellar academic progress. Janna is also involved in extracurricular activities. She actively participates in the Student Scientific Union, where she’s been secretary since 2009. In her free time, Janna takes lessons at the Latin Dance Studio.
Janna was selected from a pool of 100 applicants for the “Best Student” award. Now, she has even more drive to be hardworking, persistent and purposeful in her studies.
“With my success, I would like to express deep gratitude to our beloved benefactor Anush Mathevosian, on behalf of all beneficiaries,” said Janna. “I want to prove that her generous contributions to Armenia’s tomorrow are not in vain.”
The YSU Best Student ceremony was held on November 17 in YSU’s Events Hall. Numerous guests, including journalists, tutors and students attended the ceremony. Janna received a beautiful medal engraved with the portraits of Mesrop Mashtots and Sahak Partev. Along with the prize, Janna also has an opportunity to intern in the Department of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) at the Ministry of the Diaspora.
Janna remains focused on her goals. After she completes her bachelor’s degree she hopes to earn a master’s degree abroad. Her dream is to become the Armenian Ambassador to France, much like Ambassador Charles Aznavour.
“Those are only goals,” Janna said. “Even if my life leads me on another path, I will again do my best to help and support my homeland.”