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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, International, Judaism, Religion, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: To empower extraordinary individuals of underserved backgrounds and top academic merit to reach their highest leadership potential, igniting positive change in Israeli society

Results: 11,000 graduates, including Knesset members, college presidents, scientists and engineers, heads of hospitals, physicians, legal experts, architects, and founders of major NGOs. 50,000 at-risk youth have been inspired to improve their grades, stay in school and graduate. ISEF has been the leading proponent of increasing access to higher education as the key to narrowing Israel's wide social and economic gaps.

Target demographics: Educate and empower thousands of youths growing up in Israel's periphery, populated mainly by immigrants. ISEF discovers "diamonds in the rough" and nurtures them to achieve their full potential. ISEF provides generous scholarships and wraparound support programs to more than 400 students on Israeli campuses, and reaches thousands of at-risk teens through Bridge to College and other education projects in the community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 428 scholarship students, BA to PhD, and more than 3,000 at-risk youth all over Israel

Geographic areas served: Israel

Programs: "Science Builds the Nation" Program - STEM scholarships in partnership with the Prime Minister's Office; Generous scholarship aid at all degree levels (BA to PhD and postdoc);, "Safety net" programs (academic assistance, emergency funds, counseling); Social networking with fellow ISEF scholars, to foster a sense of belonging and group identity; Leadership skills training, both theoretical and hands-on practical; Yvonne and Barry Cohen Book Fund projects; Alfred and Hanina Shasha Endowment programs; Luna and Selim Benardete Bridge to College Fund programs; Other education outreach projects in underserved immigrant communities.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 eyaakobi

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an ISEF scholar for 6 years and for me, ISEF is more than just a scholarship. It is a family. You know that if you have a problem, they will help. This includes academic and personal problems as well as financial. In the U.S., ISEF's support was even more important. Firstly, because studies and life there are so much more expensive and secondly because, being Israeli, it was hard for me to be away from friends and family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In these lines I would like to describe the wonderful fund - ISEF. This is not only the generous grant that let me focus on the academic studies and my social and journalistic activities, but also to the special human and social resources that the fund make available to its members.
At the fund meetings, I was impressed from the young people around me. Brilliant academics who touch on every vital and influential center in Israeli society. Brainstorming with these talented people makes every activity more quality and effective. We have raised a discussion of the issue I am dealing with and that proposed methods of action included people who came from the legal, parliamentary and even cinematic spheres, who expressed full solidarity with the importance of this activity, It will be correct to act in light of the legal and social barriers and constraints.
ISEF has the ability to fill meetings with rich and useful content that is fit exactly to the needs of senior academics. In addition, its members have succeeded in creating a group of people from similar backgrounds, who are trying to help each other and Israel's society.

Lea A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a member of ISEF in the last 4 years, immediately upon the beginning of my PhD. When I applied to receive ISEF scholarship I was yet to realize the value of this possibility and just how much it could contribute to my development, both in terms of carrier and personal growth.

Before joining ISEF I had a view of myself as a critical and socially aware scientist, but in ISEF I learned some humility as I was exposed to the best activists and thinkers of this country. Coming from a unique background within my peers, in ISEF I found the home I could not find in academia otherwise. In every meeting of ISEF PhD group I am amazed to find people that grew up in circumstances not different from my own, crowding the first raw of the Israeli's political, social and scientific spheres.

I am honored (and financially relieved) to be an ISEF fellow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF has become a home for me, a place that loves me, accepts me as I am and helps me grow while encouraging me to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.
ISEF provides me a meaningful support system - financial, academical and emotional. This assistance is of great help to me and it allows me to concentrate more of my time and efforts on my research and to worry less about financial problems

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a Ph.D student in my first year supported by the ISEF foundation. The financial support is generous and allows me to focus on my research. The opportunity to meet fellow students coming from similar backgrounds is invaluable. The activity and dialog ISEF exposes me to truly motivates me in my progress and I'm grateful to be a part of this group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met the ISEF foundation for education as a Ph.D. candidate three years ago, and ever since I'm proud to be a member in such an organization. The workers that responsible for taking care of hundreds of students doing their mission lots of love, compassion and an amazingly authentic and deep sense of vocation and devotion. Alongside the warmth and personal caring, the ISEF organization people do great professional work taking care of every small detail in order to assist the member's students to be the best they can. I feel blessed being part of such organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF has become family. The organization boosted my academic excellence, enabling me to succeed intensive al studies and encouraged me to create social change.
ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF really helped me to concentration on my research without thinking on working.
It encourages excellency and volunteering.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A very important foundation that helped me and many other students to access higher education in Israel.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF has become family. The organization boosted my academic excellence and encouraged me to create social change.
ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lior Levy
Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
Pursuing a PhD in Biotechnology Engineering

ISEF has become family. The organization boosted my academic excellence, enabling me to succeed in intensive PhD. studies and encouraged me to create social change.
ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Isef foundation was a home for me in academic years and a personal & social empowerment during this years. It helped me achieving my goals with extinction and helped me improve my academic skills.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Ph.D. student supported my second year by ISEF foundation. ISEF is home to me and to many other talented young people from a challenging background. ISEF gives great opportunities for education, an insight into academic and postgraduate future as well as great opportunities for gaining leadership experience and an understanding of the complicated Israeli society.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a PhD student ISEF has given me the opportunity to learn in depth about the Israeli community, a thing that is very hard to do when you are a full time research student. ISEF's support is unique and much appreciated. Being an ISEF member is a great honor.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF accompanies me from the second degree to the doctorate and hopefully even afterwards. I feel that ISEF is like my family. The organization boosted my academic excellence, enabling me to succeed in intensive law studies and encouraged me to create social change.
ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the past three years, I've been supported by the ISEF foundation. I find this support very helpful both to cope with the ongoing family tasks as a Phd student, as well as the great input I receive regarding my professional education development as part of this program. I'm greatful and happy to be part of it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF has become family. The organization boosted my academic excellence, enabling me to succeed in intensive studies and encouraged me to create social change.
ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF organization boosted my academic excellence, enabling me to succeed in intensive studies and encouraged me to create social change. ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF has become family. The organization boosted my academic excellence, enabling me to succeed in intensive PhD studies and encouraged me to create social change.
ISEF is a home that loves you, accepts you as you are and is a place that is always gratifying to come back to, while also encourages you to support the Jewish state and strive for excellence.
The ISEF scholarship assists me enormously and I am thankful for that. I hope one day I will be able to give back to society what I received, with full faith in the cause of socially supporting people who were not fortunate enough to acquire academic education. I would like to do so by setting an example to a girl who came from a similar background, by an active involvement in society and by making a contribution to the research field and by raising Israel's image in the international research community.

1 Garry T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A amazing life changing fund, that enables so many opportunities for talented people who just need someone to believe in them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got to experience a few educational leadership program during my studies and Israel is truly blessed with wonderful programs as such. I see ISEF as the top one. The professional support is carried with excellence and it really feels as ISEF personnel truly wants you to succeed and excel your studies. I like it that ISEF also have strong connection to social actions and is a great platform for us be involved in the community.