Fresno Co. Armenian school gets $1mil lift for new campus

Fresno County’s sole Armenian school received an end-of-the-year boost.

As students head home for the Christmas holiday, Clovis-based Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School is ready to roar into 2023.

The reason? A $1 million donation aimed at boosting the ethnic school’s push for a state-of-the-art campus.


Go deeper: The eye-popping contribution was made by the Elaine Hamparson Trust.

  • Hamparson, a local educator and benefactor, sought to empower local organizations to have a significant impact in their communities.

What they’re saying: Officials with the Keyan Armenian Community School lauded the contribution as a step forward for modernizing the Clovis-based campus.

  • “We are humbled and extremely appreciative that after evaluating our program, visiting our campus, and seeing our vision for the future of CKACS, the trustees of Elaine Hamparson’s estate have selected our school as the recipient of this generous donation. This donation will undoubtedly be the catalyst for our next stage of growth, and we are excited to see its effects in our Armenian community,” school board chairman Dr. Christopher Shamlian said.
  • Per Shamlian, the contribution will be split between the school’s Legacy Endowment Fund and Building Fund for future construction.
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