WASHINGTON – On February 23rd, the American University of Armenia was proudly represented in the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Coalition Lobby Day. Within the framework during the event, AUA’s Assistant Director of Development, Matt Senekeremian established a tighter network for AUA on a national scale, meeting with members of Congress, including Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Participating in ten meetings throughout the day, Senekeremian highlighted the importance of ASHA funding and the important role that AUA plays for the future growth of Armenia.
Grants issued by ASHA are essential to AUA because of the funds they provide for important elements of the university including new construction and renovation. Over the past several years, a total of more than $11 million has been funded, and last year alone AUA received a $650,000 grant. ASHA’s budget is highly dependent on the impactful decisions of the members of congress, especially those who serve on the Appropriations Committee.
Ruben Terzian from Santa Barbara, CA was instrumental in setting up the meeting with Senator Durbin. Highlighting the importance of sharing AUA’s program expansion and student successes with congressional leaders, he said, “I’m deeply grateful for all the work AUA is doing in educating the youth of Armenia, it’s important for our community in the diaspora to have good relationships with members of Congress who influence such things as ASHA’s budget.”
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.