Keren Hanan Aynor was founded by Sarah Aynor in 1994 in memory of her husband Hanan Aynor, the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia. Our mission is to address the needs of the Ethiopian immigrant community by assisting talented and highly-motivated Ethiopian Israelis to acquire higher academic education and/or advanced professional degrees.
From student to a member of the Israeli parliament, to ambassador – Shimon Solomon a success story
Over the past two decades, Keren Hanan Aynor has distributed over 5,000 scholarships to students in over 90 different fields. Much more than a financial grant, each scholarship empowers an individual student with a critical message of support and encouragement, thus inspiring them to continue to pursue their academic dreams despite their many challenges.
- Financial support
-Quarterly phone calls
- Telephone support and advice
Tracking grades after each semester
-Annual ceremony in Jerusalem
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The Aynor Foundation helps talented and motivated Ethiopian Israeli students acquire an academic degree or vocational certificate. The Foundation’s goal is to increase the involvement of these adults in the Ethiopian community; to help address challenges that may arise, assist with integration into society and the workplace, and promote core leadership for the advancement of the community in Israeli society. The Foundation provides scholarships based on a wide variety of fields of study and accommodates students' skills and abilities.
· Students of Ethiopian descent
· Students studying at an educational institute recognized by the Council for Higher Education
· Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a minimum of 12 academic hours a week; graduate or doctoral students; and Open University students who study at least 6 hours a week
· Students studying for a diploma in a study track authorized by the Aynor Foundation Admissions Committee
· Undergraduate students who do not receive support from the Student Administration or the Council for Higher Education
Awarded to a student in the field of theater / cinema.
Awarded to a student in the field of psychology.
These scholarships are given by Keren Hanan Aynor to students who are beginning studies in a specialized field that is new to Ethiopian students.
Joint program with "Startup"
In her memory, and to encourage Ethiopian Israeli students to study Communications (Journalism, Television, Radio, Film, etc.)
Co-Founder, Honorary Chairperson
Retired Chairperson, Journalist
Chairperson, Director of Interfaces and Synergy Strategy, Planning and Content Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel
CEO, On-Air Ltd.
CEO, The Tolerance Organization
Head of the Program for the Advancement of Ethiopian Students and the Development of Social Leadership at the Ono Academic College
Former Head of Jewish Agency in Ethiopia
CEO, Energiya Global Capital
Graduate of Bar Ilan University, with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and an MA in Israel Studies. Mr. Pinchas holds an additional undergraduate degree in Sephardic Judaism in Islamic Countries. He worked at Bar Ilan University as Director of the Exam Department and as a research assistant and speaks Amharic, English, Yiddish, Italian, and of course – Hebrew.
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Let's be a part of their success!70% of our scholarship recipients are women96% of our scholarship recipients are Ethiopian born85% of our scholarship recipients are parents59 % of our scholarship recipients are studying a bachelor's degree26% of our scholarship recipients are studying a master's degree13% of our scholarship recipients are studying in a certificate program or other professional program38% of our scholarship recipients are in the education/teaching certificate/ social work fields17% of our scholarship recipients studied the social sciences/humanities12% of our scholarship recipients studied medicine/nursing96% of our scholarship recipients are currently employedOur dropout rates are significantly lower than the national dropout rates amongst students in institutions of academic study throughout the country
66% of student’s requests are being refused by KHA each year due to lack of funds. Be a part of their success!
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This year KHA has a special program in cooperation with “Start-Up”. The program begins its seventh year of operations in the South of Israel and seeks to advance higher education amongst young Ethiopian Isarelis.
Students, who meet the following criteria can participate in the program:
Special Scholarships for Communications Studies – Elke Aynor Memorial Scholarships:Elke Aynor, who was the daughter-in-law of Hanan Aynor, immigrated to Israel from Mexico in 1981. She worked in Israeli television and for Channel 2 News, running several educational programs in Jerusalem at various organizations. In her memory, and in order to encourage Ethiopian immigrants to study communications subjects (Journalism, Television, Radio, Film, etc.), the foundation established this scholarship for students who excel in this field.In 2021, the Elke Aynor Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Shelly Solomon, a student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Education.