Reducing Social Gaps through Academia
Human capital is one of the key growth drivers of Israel’s economy. But for the country to maintain its global competitive edge, it must expand the participation of all subgroups and populations in higher education. TAU is committed to boosting accessibility to higher education among all talented Israelis – regardless of their socio-economic background or geographical location. Similarly, it is spearheading national efforts both to integrate the Ultra-Orthodox and Israeli-Arabs into the workforce, and to minimize gender gaps in academia.
$1.5 million over 5 years Student Services Division (Dean of Students): Enhancing the vital and multifaceted services provided to all TAU students, including financial aid, academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, career guidance, and psychological support.
$300,000 per year Mentoring Program for Young Women (Social Work): A powerful rehabilitation program for young women suffering abuse and other severe difficulties who are mentored by former participants in the program.
$100,000 per year Periphery Honors Scholarship Fund: Champion 10 high-merit students per year from outlying towns across Israel who would otherwise never hope to gain a world-class university degree.
$70,000 per year Presidential Scholarship Fund: A special admissions track and comprehensive support for disadvantaged Jewish and minority students seeking degrees in highly competitive fields such as law, psychology and computer science. Sum will support 10 students annually.
$100,000 over 2 years Prospects Fellowships for Women Post-Docs: Part of TAU’s drive to ensure that more women researchers reach senior academic positions, these fellowships will support the post-doctoral research abroad of two female PhD graduates.
$100,000 per year “Trailblazers” Program for Haredi Students: Provides ultra-Orthodox students with comprehensive support to ease their entry into secular academia and help them integrate into Israel’s mainstream employment market. Scholarships range from $5-10,000 annually, depending on need.
$100-400,000 per year Admas – Scholarships and support framework for students of Ethiopian origin: Offers a broad range of academic, social and emotional support services to ensure that more students of Ethiopian origin are admitted to TAU and successfully complete their degree.
$100,000 per year Sawa – Scholarships and support framework for Israeli-Arab students: Supporting students from the moment they begin their studies and throughout their degree, Sawa aims to reduce drop-out rates and feelings of alienation by helping students improve their academic achievements and integrate smoothly into campus life.
$130,000 per year Jusur (“Bridges”) Preparatory Program for Israeli-Arabs: A new three-month, pre-academic studies program that offers students a head-start in their academic studies and increases their chances of success once admitted to TAU.
$100,000 per year and up Dean of Students Fund for Special Needs Students: Providing crucial assistance for students who are physically disabled; those living with mental illness, chronic diseases, Asperger’s syndrome and other disorders; and those with learning disabilities.