By Danielle Saroyan
Armenian Agenda Associate Editor
Sources) – George and Amal Clooney are scheduled to arrive in Armenia on April
22-24 to participate in Armenian Genocide commemoration ceremonies, Novosti
George Clooney, co-founder of the Not On Our Watch charity
foundation, will be presenting the 100 Lives’ Aurora Prize for Awakening
Humanity alongside Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel. As
co-chairs of the Aurora Prize, George Clooney and Wiesel worked together as
part of the Prize Selection Committee. The Aurora Prize will be awarded on
April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia.
On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, the Aurora
Prize for Awakening Humanity will be granted annually to “an individual whose
actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing
humanitarian causes.” The Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored with a $100,000
award. In addition, that individual will select an organization that inspired
their work to receive a $1,000,000 grant.
humbled by the stories of selflessness, courage, strength and generosity,” said
Aurora Prize co-founder Ruben Vardanyan. “What we have received is proof that
the world is full of inspiring and worthy individuals.”
Amal Clooney is also working with 100 Lives on a different
project, called the Amal Clooney Scholarship. This program selects one female
student from Lebanon with an interest in promoting human rights and
international issues, and enrolls her at the United World College in Dilijan, Armenia.
The first Amal Clooney Scholarship was awarded to Pamela Tebchrany, a dedicated
Lebanese student who graduated top of her class and is fluent in Arabic, French,
and English. She will be using the scholarship to pursue her interests in human
rights and women’s equality.
Photo Caption 1: George and Amal Clooney
Photo Caption 2:
Armenian Assembly of America Board of Trustees Co-Chairman Anthony Barsamian and Board President Carolyn Mugar with George Clooney in New York City at the launch of the 100 Lives initiative for human rights.