Newsletter 36 - July 2021

Summer 2021 , KHA Newsletter- Vol. 36      הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Dear Friends and Alumni,

Keren Hanan Aynor thanks you for your ongoing partnership and commitment to our work. We wish you and your family good health and a relaxing summer!


KHA scholarship applications
for the 2021-22 academic year
will be open online from 
Oct. 17th - Nov. 10th, 2021

Summer 2021, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 36   הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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I set a goal and then I go after it!
Herut Desse Zerihun, age 30, lives in Hadera, married with one child
Second year MBA student at the Ruppin Academic College
Herut is enthusiastic, quick witted and motivated.  Her commitment to her degree, her family and her future success is palpable.  She is an optimist and won’t let anything stand in her way of moving ahead in life.
Herut was born and raised in Lod in central Israel.  Her parents made Aliya from Ethiopia in 1984 via Sudan.  She pauses to tell me their story – one rife with challenges and heart ache.  She is the eldest of five children and certainly admires her mother’s drive to make a better life for her children.  Her mother, married at 12 and then divorced later on, is a single mother who has instilled the value of a good education and hard work into her children.
After completing high school and becoming an officer in the Israeli Defence Forces, Herut headed straight to university with the goal of becoming a teacher. She got married and had one daughter and is looking to further grow their family this year.
It was during her employment in the telecommunications industry a few years back, that she began to focus her sights on a master’s degree in business administration.  She abandoned the idea of becoming a teacher and following the completion of her bachelor’s degree, enrolled in a vigorous MBA program.
Herut is not afraid of hard work and reminds me that in order to succeed she simply sets a goal and then goes after it!
Herut admits this past year was a challenging one with COVID restrictions and balancing her time as a mother, a wife, an employee and a student.  She thanks Keren Aynor for believing in her and for help supporting her as she works to achieve her MBA. We at Keren Aynor have every confidence she will succeed at whatever path she chooses!
Our students write:
"Without Keren Aynor's scholarship and guidance, I might have dropped out of my degree this year.  Covid was so challenging for my family and being able to depend on that extra support both, financial and emotional, made all the difference."
I. E. , single mother of three, lives in Haifa, BSW

"I want to thank Keren Aynor for believing in me.  In one more year I'll have completed my master's degree.  It's a dream come true!"
H. F, mother of four, lives in Kiryat Gat, Masters degree in Public Health
Summer 2021, KHA Newsletter- Vol. 36     הרשמה לרשימת התפוצה בעברית
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Special Thank You
We would like to extend our gratitude to Mrs. Rivka Bitterman for her continued partnership and dedication to our students.
Her incredible generosity will help us support seven Ethiopian Israeli students in the coming academic year!
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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