WASHINGTON — On Friday, April 26. Professor Taner Akçam, the Robert Aram, Marianne Kalousdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University presented his latest book, The Killing Order of Talat Pasha and the Denial of the Armenian Genocide, as part of a Armenian Genocide Commemoration organized by the Jerair Nishanian Foundation (JNF) at St. Mary Armenian Church Hall.
While the guests were arriving, the Hrant Dink Contemporary Oratorio, Istanbul, played on a large screen.
Master of the ceremonies and the coordinator of the program, Diramayr Yetetzgin Anahid Kalayjian, JNF Board member, started the event and invited Pastor of St. Mary’s Church Rev. Hovsep Karapetyan for the opening remarks and prayer.
Tagvor Nishanian, PhD, vice-president of JNF’s Board of Directors and son of the founder, welcomed the packed audience and presented the work of the foundation since its inception 25 years ago. The foundation was established as a private nonprofit charitable corporation. He established his foundation because of a strong sense duty to his homeland Armenia, instilled upon him by his parents’ past. Both were survivors of the Armenian Genocide, but his father died when he was a child, and his mother raised him and his five older siblings by herself. Not only was she successful in raising her family, they thrived, and he was able to move to the US to attend college.
The overall mission of the foundation is very simple: to facilitate an opportunity for underprivileged, talented young Armenian students to attain higher education in various disciplines and achieve their inherent potentials, and in term, contribute to the welfare of their motherland and future generations.
Through a collaboration with Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), the foundation focused on one of the needy regions of Armenia, Gavar, providing scholarships for students attending Gavar State University. More recently, they have expanded the program to include graduate students at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia in Yerevan. To qualify for the scholarships, applicants must show a financial need and strong academics.