Good news for the thousands of students who were called up for reserve service during the war in Lebanon this summer and missed the opportunity to work and save up for the coming year.The Jewish Agency for Israel will grant them scholarships amounting to up to 50 percent
of their tuition fee, in a bid to ease the financial burden in the upcoming year.
The NIS 26 million (USD 6 million) aid package was made possible thanks to donations collected by the United Jewish Communities (UJC) in North America. The special assistance will be given to B.A, or M.A. students who attend academic institutions recognized by the Israeli Higher Education Council.
Each student will be granted several thousand shekels, depending on the length of period he served in the reserves this summer. Students who attend colleges in northern Israel will also be eligible for a special bonus.
Students who were called up during the war and are new immigrants will be granted a full scholarship.
Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Zeev Bielski, said that the scholarships were aimed at alleviating the financial pressure on students who took part in the fighting during the summer months and were unable to work and save money for the school year to come.