Our Proud Pillars

 

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The Compassionate Piano Teacher Becomes an AUA Pillar
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A Tradition of Giving
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The Big Picture Drives All That We Do in Armenia
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Leaving a Legacy: From Founder to Pillar
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Mihran & Elizabeth Agbabian
Michael Agbabian
Nareg Garo Aghjayan
Zaven P. & Sonia Akian
Armeconombank
Armenian Missionary Association of America
Garo Armen
Carol Bagdasarian Aslanian
Edward S. & Eleonore M. Aslanian
Edward & Pamela Avedisian
AUA Class of 1993
Sarkis & Ruth Bedevian
In Memory of Hagop and Alice Bezjian
In Memory of Kricor and Victoria Chakmaklian
Sargis Chenberjyan
Samuel Chekijian
Zaruhy Sara Chitjian
Roland & Anita Danielian
Yervant Demirjian
Armen & Nelly Der Kiureghian
Michael and Hasmik Ghevondyan Kouchakdjian
Levon Der Bedrossian
Hirair & Anna Hovnanian Foundation
William & Jane Frazer
Arsen Ghazaryan
Vigen and Houry Ghazarian
Harry & Katrina Glorikian
Edward Godoshian
Adam & Rita Kablanian
Karekin G. & Zhanet Kaprelian 
In Memory of Stepan Karamardian
Anne & Garo Kiremidjian
Hratch & Carolyn Kouyoumdjian
Vazrik & Alice Makarian
Hovhannes Avoyan & Anahit Martirosyan
Matthew & Margarethe Mashikian
Samvel & Gohar Mayrapetyan
In Memory of Ovsanna Misserlian
Edward & Vergine Misserlian
François Antounian & Suzy Missirian Antounian
Nazar & Artemis Nazarian
Kenneth & Cynthia Norian
Garnik & Hilda Ohanian
Noubar & Tracy Ouzounian
Randall Rhodes
Lawrence & Mary Pitts
Vahe and Nora Sarkissian
Berge & Vera Setrakian
Louise M. Simone
Sam & Sylva  Simonian
Sinan & Angele Sinanian
Scholae Mundi Foundation 
Ara Tekian 
Gerald & Pat Turpanjian
Karnig & Anahid Yacoubian
Yervant & Rita Zorian

Why Did I Become an AUA Pillar?

“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. Faculty recruitment, student scholarship, program development, research initiatives and campus expansion are just some of the critical areas where unrestricted funds will have the greatest impact. I can say this with complete confidence and conviction having been the first president of AUA.” – Mihran Agbabian  


“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  

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  


“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  


“We believe in AUA’s mission, and this is the least we can do to help it succeed.” – Matthew and Margarethe Mashikian


“I became a Pillar of AUA because I am very proud of the University of California’s role in the founding of and maintenance of the quality of AUA, and I hope by becoming a Pillar to help enhance that quality.” – William Frazer  


“AUA educates future leaders of Armenia and we are proud to support its mission.” – Armen and Nelly Der Kiureghian


“If we can deliver extraordinary education, we will have fulfilled the dreams and continue the tradition of our 5000 year ancestry. With AUA we have an opportunity to accomplish this, let us not miss it.”  – Garo Armen  


“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  


“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  


 

“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


“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


“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. As a visiting faculty, I have witnessed AUA’s extraordinary growth over the past quarter century due to its excellent graduates and leadership. As one of AUA’s Pillars, I am committed to its continued success to make a positive impact in our homeland and beyond.” – Ara Tekian