KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar hands out scholarships .
(photo credit: YOSSI ZELIGER)
The KKL-JNF-administered Bender Family Fund presented 130 three-year scholarships worth 10,000 NIS to students from Israel’s periphery who are studying engineering, medicine, chemistry and physics.
The donor of the scholarships, the late Mr. Karl Bender of Germany, requested through JNF KKL Germany that a fund be established in his name for the benefit of Israeli students in the fields of engineering, medicine, chemistry and physics. Attorney Tzippy Roitman, who sits on the Board of Directors of the Karl Bender Fund, attended the ceremony as the representative of Ms. Sarah Singer, President of KKL-JNF Germany, who was unable to travel to Israel. The students were selected by an external company that graded them by predetermined criteria adjusted in accordance with poor socio-economic background and scholastic excellence.
In his speech at the ceremony, KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar said: “As the father of a student who has finished medical school, I know how hard it is for students to finance their studies, and how very much harder it is to work at the same time as studying in order to finance them. The public generally regards KKL-JNF as being involved in things like forestry and parks. While that is indeed the case – and the fact that the State of Israel is the only country in the world in which the number of trees in constantly increasing is evidence of this – KKL-JNF considers that helping to close gaps and promote equal opportunities also forms part of its mission. It regards these aspirations to be inherent in modern Zionism, and it implements them in a variety of projects in which it is involved, such as the presentation of scholarships to outstanding students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and the provision of KKL-JNF Houses in Israel’s Galilee and Negev regions, which enable young people from the periphery to study and attain the highest achievements.”
Medical student Mor Mizrahi told those present: “I am glad to know that KKL-JNF promotes values-based education, love of Israel, social commitment and environmentalism, with the emphasis on leadership and implementation.” She thanked KKL-JNF, and added that, in the absence of financial help from home, embarking on a course of study becomes difficult to the point of impossibility. “The financial assistance provided by a KKL-JNF scholarship allows us some very welcome breathing space,” she said.
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