Legacy Giving


A legacy gift extends your story, celebrating your values and beliefs and emphasizes to future generations what matters most to you. A variety of options exist to ensure that you will continue to make a difference and directly impact the well-being of many lives after you are gone.


AUA’s resources are carefully invested to ensure that the University continues to be at the forefront of academic excellence. Our Western teaching methods and commitment to transparency catalyze Armenia’s steady progress towards becoming a globally integrated nation. With your help, we can extend your legacy into a sustainable resource that brightens and emboldens Armenia’s tomorrow.


Most of us are unable to make the kinds of gifts we would like during our lifetimes. Deferred charitable giving allows you to help shape Armenia’s future generations and ensures that the majority of your estate goes where you choose rather than where the government thinks best. Often, legacy gifts offer considerable tax advantages and cost you nothing during your lifetime.


Zaruhy Sara Chitjian with AUA’s first president and co-founder
Dr. Mihran Agbabian at an AUA event

Zaruhi Sara Chitjian, a steadfast supporter of AUA, understood the importance and impact of education. She chose to support AUA’s Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC) because she recognized the potential of the impact that innovation will have on the future of the country.

Sara’s gift will have a lasting impact, allowing EPIC to continue to be a hub of innovation and technology and provide the resources necessary to help young entrepreneurs in Armenia succeed.

“I am very impressed when I hear what AUA students are doing. My hope is that through my gift they will be able to produce something unique that will benefit the country.”
- Zaruhy Sara Chitjian, 1933-2021

  • Creation of scholarship opportunities, including endowed scholarships to remain in perpetuity
  • Naming opportunities for academic programs, research centers, and University facilities
  • Support faculty research, professional development, and curricula enrichment
  • Student support services including tutoring programs, counseling, clubs, and accessibility services.

Through AUA’s work to educate and empower the younger generations, we have an opportunity to turn our hopes for a prosperous and secure Armenia into a reality. The generosity of visionary supporters, ensures that AUA will be able to provide a world class education to the youth of Armenia— and the world—for years to come.


“I made a bequest to AUA in memory of my father’s family— the ones we lost in the Genocide. In this way, we honored not just my father's family, but many other martyrs. Through AUA, we maintain and enrich our culture. The youth are the future of any country… It’s happening and it’s wonderful for a small nation like Armenia.”

Edward Godoshian, 1933-2020

“We Armenians have our homeland, and the diaspora needs to support younger Armenians to have the opportunity of pursuing a college education. Armenia is tiny, but we have to support it with all our hearts and minds. Young Armenians will turn around and work to make our homeland as successful as they can, and we must support them financially, spiritually, and culturally.”

Ellen Sarkisian Chestnut

“I wanted to do something for my nation but I did not know how to ensure that the impact would be real and lasting. When I heard about AUA and the remarkable work that the University does in Armenia, it was an easy decision. Through the gift of education, I intend to empower the future generations of young men and women in Armenia, helping them to become well-prepared professionals and contribute to the betterment of our motherland.”

Elizabeth Kaprielian, 1915-2021

Everyone Leaves Behind a Legacy

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