Israel: New Women’s Scholarship Fund Launched by University

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Pictured is the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa, which educates students from Israel and around the world. Photo courtesy of the library’s website.

Last week in New York, over 50 female philanthropists came together to launch a new educational scholarship fund for women in Israel.

At the occasion, the American Society of University of Haifa announced the founding of its new Women’s Scholarship Fund. The scholarship seeks to engage women at all levels of philanthropy and support female students at all levels of education.

“We are very committed to education. Education is the key to everything. It is something that you can’t take away and if you give someone an education, it will enable them to help themselves for the rest of their life,” said Lady Irene Hatter, who spoke at the gathering. With their philanthropy, Hatter and her husband, Sir Maurice Hatter, support World Jewish Relief and World ORT, a worldwide Jewish educational NGO.

The new Women’s Scholarship Fund aims to blaze new funding trails by engaging women donors in the U.S., many of whom control significant assets and are becoming increasingly educated and active in family giving.   At the gathering, Karen Berman, CEO of the American Society of University of Haifa (ASUH), made the case for the role of education in advancing women’s lives. “Education is critical to improving lives and communities,” she said. “Nowhere is that transformative power more evident than at University of Haifa.” ASUH is dedicated to helping the University of Haifa expand its role as a global academic institution.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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