Helping Young Scholars

In 2017 the Mirak-Weissbach Foundation launched a scholarship program to help young Armenians continue their studies and research.
Arpine Ginosyan, who had a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics (English language and Literature), studied at the Centre for European Studies of the Yerevan State University as a first year student of the Regional Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in the Caucasus. Admitted with a partial scholarship, she needed additional support for travel, accommodations and living expenses while studying at a partner university during the second semester (March-May 2017) She studied at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tblisi State University in Georgia, and had an internship at the State Ministry of Georgia European and Euro-Atlantic Integration to mid-May. Following exams, which she passed with high grades, she returned to her native Gyumri to work on her final thesis with her supervisor. On July 7 she successfully defended her thesis on “The Institutionalization of Civil Society in Modern Armenia: Features and Developments since 2008” in Yerevan and on July 10, 2017 received her Master's Degree in European Studies.

U_Lusine Arakelyan at final concert Berlin 2017

Lusine Arakelyan at final concert Berlin 2017

Lusine Arakelyan is a talented soprano from Gyumri whom our foundation has helped in the past, with financial support for travel to Italy and Spain for master classes and auditions. (see---link). This year, Lusine was accepted at the Berlin University of the Arts for Intensive Opera Audition Training Master Classes. As she reported after the conclusion of the two-week course, it had been a great honor for her to meet such important persons as Cheryl Studer, a world famous American dramatic opera soprano, known especially for her interpretations of works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. She also studied under Gerd Uecker, a professor and music and opera director who was artistic director at the Semperoper in Dresden from 2003 to 2010. With a very intensive schedule, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Lusine and her colleagues learned stagecraft, style, relaxation techniques, correct pronunciation of German texts, and, of course, perfected their singing.
The Mirak-Weissbach Foundation paid her tuition and covered travel expenses from Yerevan to Berlin. Lusine completed the course with flying colors and at a concert held at the conclusion, was asked to present several pieces. While in Germany, she also appeared at an event in Bochum on November 11, on Armenians in Luther Year, and sang songs by Komitas and Mesrob Mashtots.

Master Class singers and teachers Berlin 2017

Master class singers and teachers Berlin 2017

Hannah Sophie Schmuck from Hamburg travelled to Armenia in September 2017 after completing her high school exams (Abitur) to spend a year as a volunteer, helping children with special needs. She plans to continue her studies in social pedagogy. The project she has joined is the “Hopeshine” project sponsored by the ijgd, Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste, one of the oldest volunteer organizations in Germany. The Mirak-Weissbach Foundation made a small donation to her year abroad.