AEF Gran’s $61 000 to California School Projects

GLENDALE–Armenian Educational Foundation has allocated a total of $61,000 in gran’s to special projects and programs. In April–AEF awarded $15,000 to the Davidian-Mairiamian Educational Foundation.

DMEC provides after school Armenian language and history classes to 1200 students attending public schools in Glendale and Burbank.

The AEF also granted $5,000 to the Western Prelacy’s Board of Regents to help finance last May’s all Armenian school conference. More than 20 schools from throughout the United States and Canada participated in the two-day conference.

Last week AEF mailed out checks totaling $41,000 to 16 Armenian day schools in California. All Armenian schools were invited to submit projects for consideration by AEF’s US/Diaspora Projects Committee. The Committee–Chaired by Board Member Ralph Tufenkian–reviewed each proposal and made its recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Those schools that requested funds for teacher training received the highest priority. Other projects receiving gran’s ranged from financing science lab and library improvemen’s to purchase of new computers and other instructional materials.

With the above gran’s and the $29,000 in scholarships awarded earlier this year–AEF’s total 1999 allocations to Armenian students and educational institutions reached $90,000 in the United States alone. As reported earlier–AEF has also embarked on an ambitious project to finance the renovation of up to 50 schools in Karabakh and the border villages in Armenia. AEF will report its total worldwide allocations for 1999 in January 2000.

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