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“I believe and have high hopes in our university students for making a positive change and impact on the future of Armenia.” - Maral Dabaghian – Anjargolian
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“AUA’s role in the life of the Armenian Republic merits the support of all who wish the country well.  We are happy to join them.”  - David & Christine Balabanian
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 “We believe in the mission of the AUA. American university education is the best in the world and we think that AUA will have a positive influence not only in Armenia, but eventually in the region as a whole. A number of our clients are donors or involved with the AUA, so we wanted to complement their good deed, and why not, attract others to our bank.”  - Golden State Bank
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“As a daughter of Vartkes Barsam, one of the founding board members of AUA, I am proud to support AUA because I was told that the only thing that anyone can’t take away from you is your Education. I believe that the American University of Armenia is the most important contribution that the diaspora has given to Armenia. I hope that someday soon, every child in Armenia has the ability and privilege to attend AUA!” - Diane Jean Barsam
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“We highly value the effects of higher education and trust that AUA is in the right hands and on a correct path of creating better future for Armenians in general and Armenia in particular. We are proud to be part of the team that can make a small difference.” - Caro & Rebecca Minas
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“The AUA is a bridge between the people of Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora, that will import knowledge, skills and the necessary support to help improve the lives of the upcoming generations of Armenians and create new opportunities for them. ” - Nazareth and Ani Darakjian
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"We want to build the archway where the future leaders of Armenia will pass through on their way to great achievements." - Vahe and Armine Meghrouni
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“AUA is a bridge between Armenia and America on many grounds—culturally, academically…Remember, your responsibility is not only to yourself and your families, but to your country.” – Stepan Karamardian, co-founder of AUA, in his address to the first class of AUA students in 1991
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We are very pleased and proud to be among the Armenians all over the world, who have the real opportunity to participate in the development of higher education in Armenia. We believe that this donation is direct contribution to the future of our country. – Gohar and Samvel Mayrapetyan
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“AUA has a special place in my heart, and I strongly believe that investing in our students is the biggest gift that one can make. Education is the best catalyst for change and progress…” – Ara Tekian
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“AUA’s financial health will assure its success in providing Citizens with a superior education to meet the country’s needs and others in the region. Pillars are making that happen.” – Lawrence and Mary Pitts
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“I became an AUA Pillar because of my involvement with AUA since its inception and my belief that it fulfills an important role in promoting Western education in Armenia along with the other institutions of higher education in the country. “ – Berge Setrakian
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“We believe that education is key to the success of not only an individual but also of a nation. Of all the institutions we visited in Armenia, we were most impressed by the work done by the AUA. We came away convinced that by shaping the minds of our future generations, AUA is playing a crucial role in the success and prosperity of our beloved Armenia. We are happy to be a small part of that mission by becoming Pillars of AUA.” – Apo and Christina Panossian
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Armenia has no natural resources but it has the brainpower and energy of the youth. Because of my belief in AUA, I have decided to become a Pillar and fulfill my pledge to the University that has brought so much to Armenia. - Razmik Grigorian and his entire family
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We believe in the mission of AUA which is to educate the next generation leaders of Armenia and equip them with Western style critical and ethical thinking. These graduates will serve as the pillars upon which a prosperous Armenia can be built and sustained. – Adam and Rita Kablanian
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“AUA educates future leaders of Armenia and we are proud to support its mission.” – Armen and Nelly Der Kiureghian
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Education is the way to become a progressive country, especially for a country like Armenia that has limited resources. We see that our brethren in Armenia are sacrificing so much to create a better Armenia and we have seen how the funding has helped change their futures. We feel we are playing a small role in changing Armenia while joining this big family of like-minded individuals at AUA. -Vigen & Houry Ghazarian
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“AUA is providing Armenia’s youth with an excellent education and preparing the graduates to compete successfully worldwide in emerging fields. In a short visit I saw the students’ enthusiasm, camaraderie, collaboration and love for and what AUA offers.” – Hratch Kouyoumdjian
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“My goal on these missions was to connect Armenian-Americans with their homeland and to help them see first-hand what is happening in the country and give them the chance to do their share to help.” - Annie Simonian Totah
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"The quality of the education, students, professors at AUA is top-notch and the young men and women walking through the halls of AUA are our future. We are very pleased and honored to be associated with this incredible institution and looking forward to being on this incredible ride with them." -Razmig Boladian and Ani Vartanian
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“AGBU Asbeds have a mission strongly aligned with AUA, which is to educate and inspire young Armenians to become future leaders of their country, and to continue the proud intellectual heritage of our people.”
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“I joined the 100 Pillars of AUA because I believe giving unrestricted funds to AUA will allow President Der Kiureghian and his administration to direct resources where they are most needed ensuring AUA’s continued growth….”– Mihran Agbabian
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“Our family believes in supporting Armenian organizations, who have a meaningful impact and who have shown themselves to raise the bar on the quality of their programs and outcomes, consistently year over year. AUA is such an organization.” – Edele Hovnanian
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A Pillar is what a university stands on and it is a pleasure to support AUA and its students, who are the future of Armenia. This is not just for the Armenia of today. This is for the Armenia of tomorrow. -Dr. Kris Mirzayan & Mrs. Pamela Ascher Mirzayan
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Class of ’93 Becomes One of AUA’s 100 Pillars
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“AGBU Asbeds have a mission strongly aligned with AUA, which is to educate and inspire young Armenians to become future leaders of their country, and to continue the proud intellectual heritage of our people.”
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“It’s certain, Armenia is going through a renaissance and that entails a fresh perspective and values, all the while keeping the essence of our tradition and culture. At this stage the main players are the young generation…”- Levon Der Bedrossian
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“We have supported AUA for several years, both financially and as on-site volunteers, and felt that 100 Pillars was the next step in showing our commitment to the University and Armenia’s future. “- Linda Shahinian and Herb Schiff
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100 Pillars of AUA Explore Cultural Heritage in Exclusive Tour
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100 Pillars of AUA: The Story of Kris and Pamela Mirzayan
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100 Pillars of AUA: The Story of Vahe and Nora Sarkissian
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“Armenian Evangelicals have long been pioneer pillars in the field of education in the nation. We grasp and appreciate the standing of AUA in the field of education in the homeland and the blessings it brings to generations of young Armenians. The AMAA could not have missed the opportunity to carry a humble weight of this revered higher educational learning institution known as the American University of Armenia.” – Zaven Khanjian, Executive Director/CEO, Armenian Missionary Association of America
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Ruben Vardanian and Veronika Zonabend
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“We would like to see Armenia develop, and we strongly believe that AUA can help in that process by educating the young generation of Armenia, who will then contribute towards the betterment of the country in the future...”—Zareh and Lucik Misserlian
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"When AUA opened its doors we knew that correct-minded generation was going to be produced, who would be empowered to create a strong Armenia. We all would like to see Armenia prosper and be a proud home of all Armenians worldwide. We would like to see AUA students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to build successful careers, learn the Armenian history and preserve our cultural heritage. AUA's role is critical for the betterment of Armenia." ---Edward and Vergine Misserlian
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The Big Picture Drives All That We Do in Armenia
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“I chose to be one of the 100 Pillars of AUA because I believe the well educated young men and women will be the change makers of Armenia to a democratic, secure and prosperous future. The people of Armenia are the country’s natural resources that need to be cultivated, educated and nurtured to make a positive impact on the future...” —- Yervant Chekijian
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Honoring Parents with a Lasting Legacy
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The Compassionate Piano Teacher Becomes an AUA Pillar
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“We were recently introduced to AUA and were very impressed with what the university has accomplished in its first twenty-five years. AUA is the key to success for our young people to get the education they need to help our homeland compete with the rest of the free world…” – Albert and Terry Bezjian
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About 100 Pillars

The 100 Pillars of AUA is a group of 100 benefactors who pledge to support the mission of AUA in the most fundamental way: through unrestricted giving that will allow the university to address its most pressing needs. With an unrestricted gift of $10,000 per year for five years, each of the 100 Pillars will help maintain a solid platform from which the leaders of tomorrow can leap forth. AUA is built on the firm belief that if students are exposed to contemporary teaching and learning practices, if they are armed with the skills needed for the future, and are nurtured in an ethical learning environment, they will become the beacons of tomorrow and the foundation for Armenia’s future. The 100 Pillars of AUA share this belief and trust that, given the resources they need to excel, the students, faculty, staff and administrators of AUA can live up to it.

Together, through this collective philanthropic effort, the 100 Pillars of AUA will uphold the standards of academic excellence, innovation and ethical leadership that we strive for at AUA, every day.

Unrestricted gifts are the most important gifts to AUA. They give the University the ultimate flexibility – to seize opportunities and address unforeseen challenges as they arise. They also improve the quality of campus life. AUA’s tuition is heavily subsidized thanks to our generous donors, with tuition on covering about ⅓ of the cost of educating each student. As AUA grows, unrestricted gifts can help meet the surge in need for student financial aid; they may help with construction costs as we expand our state-of-the-art facilities; they may also help us recruit and retain international faculty who are leaders in their fields. These are just a few examples of how unrestricted funds can help AUA be at the forefront of Armenia’s development.