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Newsletter 31 – November 2020

Newsletter 31 – November 2020

Publication date: 17/11/2020

Sigd Festival 2020

Dear Friends and Alumni,
This past month we received the largest number of applicants for assistance since KHA’s inception – over 1100 requests for scholarships and assistance!  Unfortunately, we may have to turn away over 65% of eligible applicants due to a lack of funds.  The average KHA scholarship is $1000
Please help us support talented and motivated students who are working towards completing academic degrees. Your support is needed more than ever!

Spotlight on Shiran Adiso
KHA’s Student Coordinator
 Shiran Adiso (34), holds an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a BA in Behavioral Sciences and Psychology from the Peres Academic Center.

I learned of Keren Hanan Aynor and their support of Ethiopian Israeli students four years ago when I was pursuing my Master’s degree. I submitted an application for support during my second year and was approved for a scholarship. Toward the end of the year, I received an email with a subject line: Job opportunity, for a temporary position providing students with support and assistance in the scholarship registration process. The interview was conducted by Amy, the Program Coordinator, who greeted me warmly and pleasantly. It was there that I understood how unique the foundation is in comparison with other scholarships and educational programs.
Today, I work at Keren Hanan Aynor as the student coordinator.  I accompany the students throughout the course of the year, handle the payment installments to the students, and serve as the contact for their various inquiries or requests. Together with Amy, we provide students with guidance, support and advice as they fulfill their dreams of attaining academic degrees.
Keren Hanan Aynor allows students of Ethiopian descent to realize their talents in academia and successfully complete their degree studies. Thanks to the scholarship, students are able to free up time for studying and put their economic worries aside. Beyond the general support, a positive relationship is formed with the students that views them as equals and treats them like family. Many students claim that this guidance and support is just as important as the financial support we provide. Knowing someone has your back and is willing to listen is a great motivating factor in students’ success.
The organization provides scholarships to students in many fields of study at universities across the country.  We support students from the ages of 25-55, most of whom do not have any other support during their studies. I am proud to be a part of this organization and give back to my community.  Seeing other students like me succeed is very empowering!
Higher education is a basic necessity for everyone, but for students of Ethiopian descent (myself included), it can lead to social advancement and widespread social change. As part of my position, I meet students who are diligent, talented, highly motivated, and prepared to contribute to society at large, and to the economy in particular. I have no doubt that the change we wish to see is right around the corner, and thanks to these students, it will be possible to break through the glass ceiling once and for all.

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