Helping Students Who Need It Most

COVID-19 Emergency Student Aid Campaign
10 February 2021
Sofi Winitz. Photo: Moshe Bedarshi

The economic crisis resulting from the Coronavirus hit TAU students hard. About 70% of them work to support themselves during their studies, but thousands lost their jobs due to recent lockdowns and layoffs. As a result, many are at risk for dropping out altogether. Others, often from the most vulnerable groups, are suffering crippling anxiety and depression arising from the pandemic.


Thanks in great part to the generosity of our donors, the University awarded scholarship and psychological counseling grants to 2,200 students. Another 1,400 students have applied for aid in 2020-2021, many of whom will not be able to complete the year without immediate financial help.


Sofi Winitz, a theater student who immigrated to Israel from Russia alone, received an emergency grant after she lost her job. She said she was grateful to the University for enabling her to “continue studying without worries.” Watch a video of Sofi here.


The TAU leadership is intensifying efforts to provide aid to all students affected by the Coronavirus crisis so that not even one will miss out on an academic education.



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