Programs / US




The Norian Youth Connect Program’s purpose is to encourage and promote Armenian studies in the United States, and to create an environment for Armenian students to get acquainted, discuss interests, and encourage activism in their Armenian communities. The program aims to reach its goals by providing dynamic speakers to discuss current and interesting Armenian issues and topics. It is a simple attempt to create a network of Armenian college students and to help them realize their intellectual and professional potentials to help themselves and to reach out to others like them. Over 90 students annually participate in the weekend program which is financed through the Norian Endowment Fund.


Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)

The Armenian National Education Committee, a committee sponsored by the Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Eastern United States and the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, is an executive body which serves the educational needs of Armenian schools and seeks to preserve the identity of the Armenian people.

The Siamanto Academy is organized for high school students and convenes once a month. The program is structured over two years and is comprised of lessons in Armenian history, culture and current events in Armenia and the Diaspora. Lessons are also posted on the internet so that they are accessible to everyone. We believe that the graduates of the Academy will aspire to be the future leaders of our communities.


The ARS of Eastern USA sponsors an annual essay contest for students attending Armenian everyday schools or one-day schools in the Eastern Region. Each year, the essay contest features a new topic that encourages the young participants to reflect on their identity as Armenian-Americans as well as provide them an opportunity to think about topics of importance to the Armenian people and how issues may impact their young lives. Students are judged within their own grade level. Over 150 students participate in this Essay Contest every year. The winning essays are published in the Armenian newspapers, and prizes are awarded for the best essays.

“It is simply in the nature of an Armenian to study, to learn, to question, to speculate, to discover, to invent, to revise, to restore, to preserve, to make, and to give.”

                                                                                     - William Saroyan


Scholarships have been provided by the ARS of Eastern USA to undergraduate and graduate students of Armenian descent since the early 1980’s as indicated below:

Lazarian Graduate Scholarship: Students who have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. are eligible to apply for the Lazarian Scholarship for postgraduate studies in the U.S.
Download Lazarian Graduate Scholarship application form

Undergraduate Scholarship: Students who are attending an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Download Undergraduate Scholarship application form

Areen Armenian Scholarships: Areen Armenian’s family established this scholarship to be awarded annually to a needy student who excels in poetry or another creative art, at the Melankton and Haik Arslanian Jemaran in Antelias, Lebanon.

Vergine Jamgotchian Scholarship: Vergine Jamgotchian Scholarship is to be awarded to five female Syrian Armenian students who are continuing their education by attending schools in Lebanon.


The ARS has supported a shared mission with Camp Haiastan in Franklin, MA, as a place for Armenian youth to hold onto their Armenian identity. The yearly printing of the Camp Haiastan Armenian school workbook, used by each camper during their attended session, is generously provided by the Albert and Queenie Bagian fund.

The ARS of Eastern USA and its chapters continue awarding camperships for two campers each year. Campers enjoy their stay at Camp Haiastan and cherish that experience for a lifetime.

The ARS continues to donate generously to meet the needs of our beloved Camp.



The ARS of Eastern USA has established a number of ongoing programs and projects in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakhk, Syria, and Lebanon. These programs and projects require the continuous support of the ARS of Eastern USA.


The “Amanor” program was established in 2000. To date, over $20,000 has been allocated to many humanitarian institutions serving the Armenian communities throughout the world, such as the Bird’s Nest Orphanage and
Zvartnots School for disabled children in Lebanon, old age homes and shelters in Lebanon, Syria and South America, “Soseh” kindergartens in Artsakh and Bulgaria, orphanages in Armenia and helping disadvantaged children in Javakhk.

Every year, ARS members donate the modest sum of $3, as their heartfelt
“Amanor” Yuletide present. Christmas and New Year celebrations are organized at the above mentioned institutions, and gifts are distributed to seniors and children in the spirit of Christmas.


ARS Mother and Child Clinic and Birthing Center

The Akhourian “Mother and Child Health Center” was established in 1997 and provides comprehensive health care services to the region’s more than 40,000 residents, and has more than 1,200 births annually. The center is furnished with modern medical equipment, and employs highly qualified medical staff. Funding for the construction of this clinic, as well as its initial programs, was funded by the ARS of Eastern USA.


Since the program’s inception in 1992, the ARS of Eastern USA has sponsored more than 900 children, and continues to be a proud supporter of the ARS, Inc. “Sponsor A Child” program, assisting children who lost one or both parents in the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, and more recently, children orphaned by the ongoing Nagorno-Karabagh liberation struggle.

Orphan Education

The Orphan Education Fund assists the college education of orphans residing in Armenia and Artsakh, who have reached the age of 18. Currently 40 students are being sponsored by chapters of the ARS of Eastern USA


“Soseh” Kindergartens

“Soseh” Kindergarten/Day Care center opened its doors in 1998 to care for the children of martyred freedom fighters and their families, who are in need of ARS helping hands. Today, there are ten ARS “Soseh” kindergartens that provide elementary education and hot meals twice a day, five days a week in a warm and secure surrounding.

The ARS of Eastern USA cosponsors Meds Tagher Soseh Kindergarten in the Hadrut region. The Kindergarten has more than 65 children and 11 supervised employees who nurture and prepare the children for a healthy and productive future.
Stepanakert “Soseh” Kindergarten

The Stepanakert, “Soseh” Kindergarten opened its doors in the Fall of 2017. The ARS Central Executive Board with the support of its entities worked toward making the kindergarten a reality for the families of Stepanakert. The new structure has modern amenities and facilities and contains eight classrooms for approximately 100-130 children within three floors. The building houses two main halls, a modern kitchen, several offices and a bunker on its lowest level. It enables the children of Stepanakert to enjoy a new playground, eat several healthy meals a day as well as to be a participant in a well designed early childhood program.



“Sponsor A Bed and Change A Life Project,” was initiated for the Military Disability Rehabilitation Center of Yerevan’s #1 Hospital. It is a three story hospital that reopened after some renovations on January 28, 2018. The Center helps the wounded and disabled soldiers recuperate as the proper care is provided.


Recognizing that the Armenian Community in Syria is facing social and financial instability, the ARS of Eastern USA has responded to the urgent appeal for assistance to Syrian-Armenian schools. In addition to this, ARS Chapters, throughout the Eastern USA, have formed relief committees in their communities, working tirelessly to raise funds for the ARS Syria Fund.

The ARS Eastern USA supports the following programs:

Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief
The Hot Meal Program
Sponsor a Syrian-Armenian Family
Warm Home Program
Support for Armenian Schools
Orphans at Aleppo Orphanage



The ARS of Eastern USA has engaged in many fundraising efforts to help the region of Javakhk. The ARS of Eastern USA built a youth center and underwrote a project, bringing electricity to three villages. The ARS of Eastern USA continues to sponsor the following programs in Javakhk.

Outstanding Student Program

Financial support to families with many children.

ARS Camp Javakhk in Georgia, is an initiative brought forth by the AYF-YOARF Eastern Region USA and is implemented in the towns of
   Akhalkalak, Akhaltskha, Dzalka and Ninotsminda since 2012. The program aims at creating a bond between the youth of the Diaspora and that
   of Javakhk. The camp is expanding every year while accommodating a larger number of camp attendees.


Projects To Benefit ARS Programs

“Spring for Education”

The “Spring for Education” fundraiser hosted in the lovely home of Mr. & Mrs. Sebouh and Michele Nahabedian of NJ, in support of ARS
Scholarship Fund.
Members and Friends of Armenian Relief Society donated generously to this fundraiser. We highly appreciate their moral and financial support.



that have Benefitted ARS EUSA Programs

Art Exhibits ARS of Eastern USA sponsored two art exhibits, both held in New York City, to benefit our educational programs. The first exhibit, curated by Shoghag Hovanessian, promoted several well-known Armenian artists, and the second one was a display of the late artist, Arthur Pinajian. Both successful events were well organized and well attended, bringing together art lovers, collectors, and the

Armenian Traditional Costumes Fashion Show

International designer Kevork Shadoyan brought his latest designs to the Eastern region for a one night fashion show. It was held in New Jersey to a sold out crowd, and again raised funds to support the ARS of Eastern USA programs and projects.


The ARS of Eastern USA plays an active role in providing relief aid for natural disasters in the USA and abroad.


The Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA annually supports “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF,” on Halloween. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives.