In light of the disaster that struck Beirut last month, the American University of Armenia (AUA), a private and independent university in Yerevan, has established an emergency fund for Lebanese students who have been affected by the explosion.
The university was quick to act after the blast, contacting the Manoogian Simone Foundation to create an emergency fund in support of affected students.
Students currently enrolled in any of AUA’s bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs are eligible to apply for support.
This includes those who have already been part of financial aid programs and receiving financial support.
For the upcoming Fall 2020 semester, AUA has already provided 16 students with scholarships.
In addition to providing support for students currently studying at AUA, the university is opening an opportunity for future applicants to the aforementioned programs from Lebanon.
This means that applicants from Lebanon who apply for a bachelor’s, master’s, or certificate programs and are admitted to study at AUA may be granted scholarships.
Students who apply for transfer (Spring 2021) and for the next admission cycle (Fall 2021) are also eligible to benefit from the emergency fund.
Not only will AUA be providing financial assistance for Lebanese students affected by the blast to cover their tuition fees but also to cover accommodation in its dormitories for those who demonstrate need and are qualified to benefit.
Students interested in applying for the assistance should send an email containing documentation of their Lebanese citizenship as well as documentation of their Lebanese residency address to the following email address: [email protected].
In the email, they should also include an essay detailing the following:
Sources of income for the household and the impact of the Beirut Port explosion on these sources of income, if any.
List of assets and the damage to these assets by the explosion, if any. It is preferable to attach photos when available.
Requested percentage of financial aid.
Indication of the need for accommodations, be it a dorm at AUA or housing, and the ability to cover the cost of accommodations independently.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia has been providing world-class academic programs. It is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, one of the seven regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The university currently provides 5 undergraduate programs, and 9 graduate programs, among others, including several certificate programs.