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.
Student Success Center (Dean of Students): A high-visibility project that will enhance the vital and multifaceted services provided to all TAU students, including financial aid, academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, career guidance, and psychological support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SOLD Support for Women in STEM: Aimed at combating the underrepresentation of women in tech fields, this new mentoring initiative will advance and empower women at the Exact Sciences Faculty – from the undergraduate to doctoral levels – by creating a supportive community that enables them to excel, fulfill their potential and successfully pursue careers in academia and industry.
“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.
“Walk in Their Shoes” Campaign – Morris and Rosalind Goodman Scholarship Initiative for Ethiopian-Israelis: A global initiative with donor matching for enabling greater numbers of talented Ethiopian Israelis to pursue a degree at a world-class university, empower their families and communities, and ultimately make their own unique contribution to Israeli society.
Scholarships for Israeli-Arab students: Through TAU’s Sawa program, Israeli-Arab students receive a basket of services to help them integrate into campus life and succeed in their studies. What is still badly lacking, however, are scholarships for minority students across the degree levels - needy undergraduates, and masters & doctoral hopefuls.
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.