American University of Armenia

YEREVAN — In light of recent circumstances in Beirut, Lebanon, the American University of Armenia (AUA) announced the establishment of an emergency fund for current AUA students who have been impacted by the devastating crisis. The emergency fund was made possible through the support of the Manoogian Simone Foundation.

Lebanon holds great significance for Armenia. The country was a place of refuge for many Armenians after they were displaced as a result of the Genocide. Beirut grew into a vibrant cultural hub for the Armenian diaspora, and AUA has been privileged to embrace bright students from Beirut as part of its community. Upon hearing of the devastating blast of August 4, the University grew greatly concerned for those affected. Out of this concern, AUA acted quickly and approached Christine Simone, the president of the Manoogian Simone Foundation, to create an emergency fund to extend a helping hand to Lebanese students. She immediately responded, enthusiastic to support this initiative.

Students currently studying in any of AUA’s bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs are eligible, even if they are already receiving some form of financial aid. AUA is excited to share that 16 students have been granted the scholarship for the Fall 2020 semester. The scholarship opportunity will also be extended to future bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate applicants from Lebanon, regardless of their ethnicity, who apply and are admitted to study at AUA. This includes those who apply for transfer (Spring 2021) and for the next admissions cycle (Fall 2021). In addition to tuition assistance, the University will offer financial aid to cover accommodation in AUA dormitories for all qualified students who demonstrate need.

Students who wish to apply for future semesters must send an email to containing the following:

Documentation of Lebanese citizenship;

Documentation of Lebanese residency address;

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Essay describing the following:

Sources of income for the household, and the impact of the Beirut explosion on these sources of income, if any;

List of assets and the damage to these assets by the Beirut explosion, if any (attach photos if available);

Requested percentage of financial aid;

Indication of the need of accommodations (AUA-provided dorm or housing), as well as the ability to cover the cost of accommodations independently.


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