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Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Lusine D.


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 D., a young girl from Gyumri, with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket costs towards her education. Lusine D., her sister, and their elderly parents live in an apartment. They lost their house during the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, and one of their relatives rented them an apartment to live in until they can afford to purchase their own apartment. Lusine D. will graduate high school and will start attending the Gyumri branch of the Polytechnic State University Economics Department in the fall of 2015. Lusine D. is described as a very active, kind-hearted, even-tempered, well-behaved and responsible individual. Her dreams are to become a very good specialist in her field and to be able to buy a house for her family. She also dreams about travelling around the world. Lusine D. is in need of financial assistance in order to start her education at the Polytechnic State University and reach her goals. The requested scholarship funds will help Lusine D. cover the costs of her tuition, books, stationary, clothes and her transportation fee for one year. If Lusine D. is able to do well in her studies, she will be eligible for a scholarship for her continuing studies.

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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 D., 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, books, stationaries, clothes and transportation for one year.
Long Term Impact
The long-term goal is that Lusine D., 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. & Mrs. Hrant & Ayda Candan

Elmhurst, NY September 14, 2015
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Billie Soward

San Francisco, CA May 28, 2015