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Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Lusine H.


Lusine H.Nor Luyce works with young girls, from two local orphanages and/or from poverty stricken families from Gyurmi, Armenia. Under the direction of their Executive Director, Shoghik Mikayelyan, the program provides their mentees with positive role models and emotional support. In addition, Nor Luyce’s program emphasizes the development of educational and career plans. They are now at the stage of either beginning or continuing to help implement each older child’s plan for higher education. Each child has also either completed or is in the process of completing a career plan, which includes the most appropriate type and place of higher education.

Nor Luyce is trying to provide Lusine H., a young girl from Gyumri, with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket costs towards her education. Lusine, her seven siblings and parents live together in an apartment. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a radio technician who supports their family on a very modest income. Lusine’s future goals are to attend culinary school in 2016 and become a great chef. Unfortunately, due to her family’s current financial situation she is unable to obtain the culinary tools needed to succeed in her classes. She is described as a leader, and someone who is meticulous and honest. Lusine is in need of financial assistance in order to reach her goals. The requested scholarship funds will help Lusine cover the costs of her tuition, uniform, utensils, books, stationary, some clothing and her transportation fee for one year.

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The Need
Children living in orphanages and/or within poverty stricken families are often isolated and may lack the knowledge, adult support and financial ability necessary to make appropriate life choices. As a consequence, many of these children are deprived from the opportunity to pursue their education. The frustration of these deficits in addition to the expectation that they will not be able to afford additional education may even lead to a lack of motivation to seek the knowledge and support needed. By being given the opportunity to pursue educational goals, they will be able to secure job opportunities, a good future and a successful life.
Short Term Impact
Lusine H., who currently lives in Gyumri, will receive the financial support she needs, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of her college tuition, uniform, utensils, books, stationaries, some clothing and transportation for one year.
Long Term Impact
The long-term goal is that Lusine H., being given the opportunity to continue pursuing her educational goals at the university level, will have a reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful life.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsor will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girl’s progress during their university studies.
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Mr. Michael Candan

Elmhurst, NY
In Memory Of Hrant Candan May 16, 2016
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Mr. Aram Babikian

Oakland, CA March 9, 2016
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Ms. Kathleen Gulley

New York, NY
In Memory Of Hrant Candan March 8, 2016
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Mr. Alexander Springer

United States
In Memory Of Hrant Candan March 7, 2016
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Mr. Edvin Minassian, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar & Aysel Minassian

Encino, CA
In Memory Of Hrant Candan March 6, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Bertan & Tilda Minassian

Sherman Oaks, CA
In Memory Of Hrant Candan March 6, 2016
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