About the program
The Luys Scholarship Program ensures that Armenia thrives and creates a stronger presence in a knowledge-based global economy, being on an equal footing with the leading nations.
Luys grants a loan or scholarship to Armenian students worldwide to study at the world's top universities.
A LUYS LOAN WILL TURN INTO A LUYS SCHOLARSHIP WHEN THE SCHOLAR COMPLETES ALL DUTIES REQUIRED BY THE LUYS CONTRACT FOR EACH YEAR OF STUDY.
A Loan or a Scholarship? The Scholar is the one who decides.
Each Luys Scholar once elected upon the Luys admission’s criteria will turn the money allocated by the foundation into:
- A Scholarship if he/she serves in Develop Armenia Together (DAT) Program and/or Start Armenia Internship;
- A Luys Loan to be reimbursed upon the completion of the degree if he/she chooses not to serve in Luys DAT Program or/and Start Armenia Internship.
The Scholarship eligibility criteria is unchanged.
The Luys allocated money will turn into a Scholarship if:
The Luys allocated money will remain a Loan if:
- During each of academic year the Luys Scholar reserves the summer period to take part in the Luys Develop Armenia Together (DAT) Program. The last year of the scholarship period or the summer following the one-year academic program will be 2 months of internship in an Armenian organization.
This work will be evaluated and given a mark from 1 to 10. Anyone under the performance of 7 will have to reimburse the Loan to the foundation.
The Luys representation and being a Luys Ambassador will account for points in addition to the quality of performance in Armenia and the quality of the work prepared ahead of time as well as the quality and assiduity as a Mentor.
- Duties are not completed as described in the Luys contract. If during the duration of the academic program the student decides to defer or cancel his/her studies and or does not complete the set of duties required by the Luys Develop Armenia Program, the granted money will considered a loan to be reimbursed to the foundation as stated in the Luys contract.
In order to be eligible for Luys Scholarship, the applicant must:
- Be Armenian, a citizen of the Republic of Armenia and/or of Armenian descent.
- Be admitted to a full-time degree-granting academic program (Bachelor, Master, PhD) at one of the Luys recognized universities.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 40 at the time of application.
Applicants will be asked to provide proof of identity or that he/she is a direct descendent of Armenian immigrants. Please submit documents such as birth certificates or baptism certificates, or naturalization documents that state the country of origin and nationality.
A student cannot apply if he/she has only a conditional offer from a university.
Students are required to be full-time for the duration of their degree programs. Deferment of a scholarship is not allowed.
A student can apply for a Luys Loan or Scholarship only after applying to their university's internal students aid office for a scholarship. The financial application has to be updated and presented along with the current year academic program application when submitting the request for a Luys scholarship. Old submissions are not accepted.
A student cannot apply to Luys twice for the same level of academic degree. For example, one cannot apply for a second master's degree.
You will receive support only for one degree from Luys. To receive additional support for an advanced degree (from an undergrad to master's or master's to PhD), you will be on a waiting list and awarded only if there is availability among the 10 openings per university.
Every year, the Luys online Scholarship Application starts on April 1st and closes on July 15th. Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified.
The first 10 people applying with a full application showing an unconditional offer from one of the universities listed by Luys for the upcoming academic year will be eligible for a Luys Scholarship.
Duties and responsibilities
The Luys Foundation expects students to make an effective contribution to the world and encourages civil participation for Armenia. The Luys Foundation program expects all scholars to play an influential part in the betterment of society and to be a proud Ambassador of Armenian culture anywhere in the world.
In order to transform the student loan into a scholarship grant, a scholar is required to perform his or her assumed responsibilities, which include all of the following:
- Stay connected at all times with Luys Headquarters in Yerevan.
- Confirm participation in the summer Develop Armenia Together (DAT) Program in Armenia and Artsakh and present a project proposal to be implemented.
- Share his/her knowledge and passion. Run a seminar when in Armenia.
- Become a mentor for the youth in Armenia between the ages of 15 and 25.
- Learn the Armenian language and about Armenian culture while attending Luys programs.
- Contribute one's scholarly publications to Luys Foundation for publishing purposes.
- Host other students of the Foundation and its staff should they visit the student's university campus.
- Provide quarterly progress reports, observations and recommendations, and periodically give information to the Luys team to post on the official website of the Foundation.
- Join or create an Armenian Student Association or a Luys Network within the student's university community and take an active role in it.
- Be a Luys Ambassador and an ambassador of Armenian culture, introducing the activities of the Foundation to various organizations in the respective country.
- Take part in business trips, meetings, and discussions organized by the staff of the Foundation.
- Donate two professional books and informational materials about the student's university to the Luys Library.
- Join the fundraising effort of the Luys Foundation Endowment Fund, ensuring its perpetuity and the sustainability of its Scholarship Program.
- Check and periodically update the student's personal page on the official website of the Foundation.
- Conduct proper behavior and maintain astute professionalism in online social media outlets.