The Scholarship is from Canada, the Foresters from Israel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
For years the Canadian Appleby Foundation has been awarding scholarships to students in Israel participating in a program devoted to forestry, open-spaces management and sustainable development. Many students have already enjoyed – and today are still enjoying – this privilege, which they have combined with participation in KKL-JNF forestry and land-management activities.
On June 20th, 2016, at the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, scholarships presented by Ronald Appleby of Toronto, Canada were awarded to participants in a program for the study of forestry, open-spaces management and sustainable development. Professor Shmuel Wolf, Dean of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture; Mr. Kobi Mor, Director of the KKL-JNF Land Development Authority; Dr. David Brand, Head Forester and Director of KKL-JNF’s Afforestation
Division; Dr. José Grünzweig, Open Spaces and Nature Conservation Studies Coordinator at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment; representatives of KKL-JNF, Faculty research staff and students were among those who attended the ceremony.
Professor Shmuel Wolf, Dean of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, opened the proceedings, welcomed the participants and spoke at some length about the nature of the program and the importance of the scholarships: “This program is designed to create a reserve force of researchers and professionals who will provide help to those working in this field today, with KKL-JNF foremost among them. We are proud of our Open Spaces and Nature Conservation Studies Program, which enables students to learn in depth about ecology and biology, and which gives them practical tools that will enable them to specialize in applied and rehabilitation
“In my view, awarding scholarships is one of the best ways to support higher education,” continued Professor Wolf. “On the one the hand it accords recognition to the achievements of outstanding students, and this will attract additional outstanding students in the future; and at the same time it highlights and emphasizes the importance of the subject they are studying. Awarding scholarships does more than just help the individual student: it also helps to close gaps within society and makes more opportunities available for those of limited means. To my mind this is the wisest and most effective of investments, as investing in the future generation will yield the very highest dividends.
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