Haigazian University receives a USD700,000 grant from USAID
Beirut, 06/06/2008- On Thursday the 5th of June, U.S. Charge d'Affaires Michele J. Sison presented a check of USD700,000/- to Haigazian University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, to finance scholarships for deserving students. This funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will support needy undergraduate students, in addition to establishing a new fund for the graduate studies program.
Ambassador Sison, accompanied with USAID Director, Raouf Youssef met with a number of students, faculty and administrators.
"One of the United States core values is education, and Haigazian University has grown in size and academic offerings, becoming the place of world class education, right in the heart of Beirut", noted Sison.
Sison considered that the educational funds allow students from throughout Lebanon to study and contribute to the continuous development of Lebanon. "Our support to Haigazian University, assists students as they make Lebanon, the region and the world a better place", Her Excellence commented.
With a feeling of fulfillment, President Haidostian thanked the delegation, and considered this event as a historic celebration of partnership between Haigazian University and the USAID.
"Partnerships are usually not accidental. Good partnerships are based on values that transcend the instant situations. They point to a quality of relationship, a meeting of a developmental outlook, and a plan to match needs and resources," Haidostian noted.
Haidostian also stressed the nature of the donation, highlighting the motto of the USAID "From the American People" saying, "even though leaders of countries, organizations, and universities plan, manage, and implement various types of support, the long term impact is created when people help people."
Haidostian shared the example of Elizabeth Webb, an American congregational missionary, whose house on the University's street became a 10-room-college named Haigazian in 1955. He also gave tribute to such families as the Mehagians and the Philibosians, who, following the unimaginable hardships of the Armenian Genocide, became part of the American social and cultural fabric, and turned a history of disaster into a story of service, thus becoming instrumental in establishing Haigazian University.
"I cannot help but see today''s support for our students and university through USAID as a continuation of the same benevolence and culture of reaching out to others on their journey of development", Haidostian concluded.
The delegation enjoyed a tour in the Barsoumian Library, followed by a reception.
Following this occasion, President Haidostian noted with thanks the ongoing and direct support of major organizations such as the AMAA, the Philibosian Foundation, the Lincy Foundation, the Haigazian University Women's Auxiliary, the WCM, as well as the generous financial aid to students provided annually by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Fund, the Robert Boghossian and Sons Foundation, and the Marash Patriotic Union, and others. He further called upon all to join Haigazian's drive for excellence in education and service.
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