Newsletter 38 - October 2021

Autumn 2021 , KHA Newsletter- Vol. 38     הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Dear Friends and Alumni,

We are about to complete our application process for scholarship requests for the 2021-22 year and have received 49% more applications than last year at this time.  Your partnership is needed more than ever!  Please help us support talented and motivated Ethiopian Israeli students in academia.


KHA has started a new computer fund for students in need.  $500 provides a student with a laptop computer.  Help us help them begin their studies this Autumn with all the tools to succeed! For more info and to donate, please write to Amy at office@kerenaynor.org.il

Our students write:

 "Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.  Next year I will finish my degree.  I'm so proud as I'm the first one in my family to become an academic."
M. I. , Bachelors in Public Health, single mother of three daughters, Haifa

"It has been a challenging few years with Covid and remote learning, however I am almost finished my degree. Thank you so much for seeing me through to the end."

A. M., Practical Engineering, married, father of two, Kiryat Gat
Autumn 2021, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 38  הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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 Meron Mola
Age 27,  4th year, BSC Chemistry and Earth Sciences.
Givat Ram Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“I wish more Ethiopian Israeli students knew about this field of study.  It’s fascinating!”
Meron is humble and quite reluctant to take credit for her successes.  She is enthusiastic, open and generous with her time when we speak.  It is clear that she is passionate about her studies and strives to do well. One of her particular interests lies in field work and claims she is grateful to be a part of a small academic program, which lends itself to hands on study/work outside the classroom.

She is grateful to Keren Aynor for the financial support and guidance and is excited to be completing her degree this coming summer.
Meron made Aliya from Ethiopia at the age of 4 with her parents and one brother.  Her other siblings were born in Israel following their arrival.
Meron fondly recalls a time when her father pushed her to become a doctor and as such, she followed that path and became a medic as her IDF army service, a job which was very meaningful to her.
However, the dream to become a doctor faded quickly when she worked at Sharey Tsedek hospital in Jerusalem in the emergency room and came to the realization that she loved the scientific aspects of the field, however was not cut out to work directly with patients.

Today, in addition to her studies, she works at the  Geological Survey Of Israel and enjoys it very much.  This position functioned normally during the three Covid lockdowns and this schedule allowed her the freedom to leave home when much of the country was stuck at home.

She relates to being the only Ethiopian Israeli in her department as somewhat challenging and very much wishes she could influence more students to join her. In fact, one of her goals is to work with kids on various areas of science and expose them to the field of study at a young age.
She is proud to be the first in her immediate family to attend an Israeli University (her father studied in Ethiopia).  She hopes her siblings take a similar path as well.
We are proud to be supporting Meron in her studies and view her as a pioneer in her field!
Autumn 2021, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 38    הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Special Thank Yous
We would like to extend our gratitude to the Weiss family for their continued partnership and dedication to our students.
Their incredible generosity will help us support twenty Ethiopian Israeli students in the coming academic year!
Additionally, the Heilbrunn family has renewed their gift this year and will be helping KHA support ten students this year.  Thank you for your commitment and generosity!
What's new at Keren Aynor?

*a new streamlined on line application system
  • According to the 2015 Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics Report, in 2014 there were 2,774 Ethiopian- Israelis enrolled in higher education as compared to 331,650 among the general population.  This represented 9% of the Ethiopian Israeli 20-29 population as compared to 24.7% of the general population.
  • The median age for an Ethiopian student studying for a first degree is slightly higher, 26.5, than among the general population at 25.5.
  • In the past 25 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has helped to close this education gap by distributing more than 3,900 scholarships and supporting more than 1,850 students
  • In the past 5 years, over 95% of Keren Hanan Aynor students have successfully completed the academic year.
  • In the past 10 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has turned away an average of 51% of qualified applicants due to lack of funds.  
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