Looking through the lists of scholarship possibilities available in the UK (among Diasporan organisations) specifically for Armenian students, I came across one definition of being of Armenian descent as “sons and daughters of Armenian fathers”.
This makes me wonder. How do we define the “Armenian descent”? I know, it’s common to consider belonging to an ethnic group from the father’s side. Perhaps, it’s easy for administrative purposes and considering limited resources available. But what about those with the mixed ethnicity, say, half-Armenians on the mother’s side? Why only students of “Armenian fathers”?
Sure, in case of mixed ethnicity, the most important is how this particular person identifies himself/herself, in terms of ethnic belonging. On the other hand, we have habits of calling Armenian anyone who has just 1/100s, or any trace, of Armenian roots.