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Israel Scholarship Education Foundation

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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Michal Ram I am a medical student at "La Sapienza" university of Rome and an ISEF candidate for the past 3 years. ISEF for me is a family. They have helped me SO much throughout these years to pursue my dream of being a Medical Doctor. ISEF has taught me the meaning of giving by doing so. I KNOW that when I finish university I have not only earned my degree but also the willing and capacity to help people in difficulty to pursue their dream just like ISEF did for me when I was in need. I am proud to be part of this foundation wishing us all the best, THANK YOU ISEF !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

my name is moriah amnony, i am a medicine student at Rome LA SAPIENZA university.I am glad to have the opportunity to thank the ISEF community personally for thier generosity. Without scholarship patrons like you, there would be many students such as myself unable to pursue the career they've dreamed of. I hope to become an individual that makes your institution proud, epitomizing all of the values your organization stands for and by which it has created its highly-regarded reputation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ISEF has been a second family to me for the past 15 years. ISEF has supported me since my BSc through my posdoctoral training at UCSD. This is a very unique fund that promotes the individulas to reach the maximum of their abilities, as well as implementing the idea that we can also help other to succeed!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shay and I am a doctorate candidate at Harvard Law School. ISEF assists me to complete my studies and return to my home country as a scholar. In addition, being part of the ISEF community, I am able to avail myself of the valuable opportunity to meet other graduate students with similar backgrounds, career goals and research areas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a postgraduate student at the Univeristy of Cambride and one of ISEF's fellows. ISEF gave me the opportunity to complete my graduate studies in one of the best academic intitute. I will be able to return to my country as a scholar and to contribute to its research activities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shenhav and I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Cell Biology Department at Harvard Medical School. I cherish the opportunity to be a member of the warm and caring family, ISEF, which has been supporting my family and me since we moved to Boston from Israel three years ago. Thanks to the financial aid I have been receiving from ISEF I can reach my scientific goals, gain a valuable scientific experience and maintain a healthy family/work life. I hope to one day help others, as you have helped me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Haim Machluf and I am a doctoral student at Harvard Law Schoo. I have been an ISEF scholar for the past 4 years, and I believe that it would have been much more difficult for me to be able to continue and succeed in my studies without the help and support from ISEF. ISEF is like a family to many scholars abroad, including myself, and we highly appreciate ISEF's support and contribution to us and to Israel.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Nessi Benisht from Israel. I am a Phd student specializing in String Theory. It is great to be part of the ISEF which is a family for me and many other Israeli students. I beleive that ISEF educates the next generation of leaders which will help to make Israel a great place to live.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hey, my name is Shmulik Hayun and I am a postdoc at the Peter A Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory in the University of California at Davis. In order to realize the maximum from the postdoc one should have strong economic back and supporting community and this is what I get from ISEF. All I can say is that the ISEF community doing the right job in order to develop young scientist and I'm so glade to be part of that family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

hey everyone. i am Hadas Barsheshet im a medicine student at the bologna university in Italy. as you all probably know it is very hard to get accepted to med. studies in Israel and in order to realize my dream the only possibility i had was to study abroad. that couldnt have been possibile without the help i got from ISEF. i have met and been in touch with some wonderful people who helped me alot and i can honestly say that they and all of ISEF'S team are a great part of the fact that soon im going to accomplish my studies, get my degree and finally go back to ISRAEL my home ..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Itsik Francis from Israel. Without ISEF I could have never accomplish my dream and become a researcher. ISEF is a home, a family, and a way to build leadership. It is the way to make Israel a better and more equal country.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sagit Ben Zekry, I am a Cardiologist from Israel on a Reserch fellwoship in Houston, TX. I was introduced to ISEF about 3 years ago while planning my fellowship, the financial support during the past years was so helpfull and allow me to survive, especially at the first year and now in my 3rd year while the treaty expired. The networking of the organization is the most amazing I have eveer seen, the employees and the students are so supportive and willing to help with no condition. I am so thankfull to be part of it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dear friends: Let me please introduce myself: my name is Itay Miyara, currently I am living in College Station, Texas. I was born, grown and graduated in Israel, and during these days I'm completing my first year as a Postdoctoral, acquiring training in the TEXAS A&M University at Molecular microbiology fields in Agricultural aspects, specializing in Molecular plant microbe interaction. Conducting research in that field, in one of the world’s leading groups of plant disease development provides an excellent opportunity to study and teach in the near future in this important field in Israel. The ISEF Foundation, by providing a higher education fellowship for Israel’s people from every background, provides me with an equal opportunity to develop my potential and to utilize my skills and implement my future career as a researcher. I am convinced that by allowing me to acquire the knowledge which I am exposed during my Postdoc training I am endowed with a wonderful opportunity to bring back to Israel’s scientific community lots of knowledge and experience which I'm gaining right now. The ISEF award was more than a scholarship. For me it is the feeling that there is a home which you belong and take care after you. Indeed ISEF gave me the opportunity to complete my personal targets and to focus only in research. They are giving the feeling that you do not need to worry, they always will be there for you. I believe that once I establish myself in the academic society, I will enlist to serve ISEF’s world-view and help others student from underserved communities to achieve their dreams as well. For me ISEF gave me a lot of confidence to be able to make my dream come true and for that I will be grateful all of my life! . Kind regard Itay Miyara. Ph.D.