Scholarship Programs

Keren Hanan Aynor’s scholarship recipients are consistently a diverse group coming from areas all over Israel and enrolled in a large variety of fields and higher academic institutions.

Many of our students are married and raising families while in school and most are balancing at least one job in addition to their studies.

What our students share in common is an intense drive and motivation to work hard and to succeed and ultimately to serve as role models for their families, communities, and Israeli society at large.  



Special Scholarships 

The Elke Aynor (z”l) Scholarship
Elke Aynor, the daughter-in-law of Hanan Aynor, immigrated to Israel from Mexico in 1981. She worked for Israeli television and ran several educational programs in Jerusalem with various organizations. In her memory, and to encourage Ethiopian Israeli students to study Communications (Journalism, Television, Radio, Film, etc.), Keren Hanan Aynor has established a scholarship for an outstanding student in this field.    

The Yona Bogale Scholarship
"My brother is the Herzl of the entire continent of Africa.  He gave his soul for the Jews of Ethiopia", recounts Colonel Metaku Bogale, age 70, formerly the Police Department Head in the Ethiopian  county of Shewa.  His brother is Yona Bogale, the mythological leader of the Ethiopian Jewish people, who was buried in the Jerusalem cemetery. Just recently, we commemorated  twenty years since his death and the Municipality of Rehovot named a school in his memory.

Benad Avital, of blessed memory Scholarship

Founding partner of Keren Hanan Aynor and Chairman of the foundation during its first 10 years.
Benad was born in England, served in the British Army toward the end of World War I and immigrated to Israel in 1950, immediately after his marriage to Miriam.
He served as a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry, where his friendship with Hanan and Sara Aynor was forged.
At the beginning of the 1980’s, he was sent to Africa to oversee Israeli affairs on the Ivory Coast. The overall objective was to renew the diplomatic relations with the African countries, as they had cut off their ties with the State of Israel during the Yom Kippur War. The breakthrough occurred when relations were renewed with Liberia, after which several other African countries followed suit.

Prior to his retirement, Benad served as Israel’s ambassador to Thailand and Singapore.

The “Trail-Blazer” Scholarship
These scholarships are given by Keren Hanan Aynor to students who are beginning studies in a specialized field that is new to Ethiopian students. The scholarship is intended to inspire students to expand their creative horizons and to become “trail blazers” for their community.


The “Adopt a Student” Scholarship Program

Keren Hanan Aynor offers a special opportunity for those interested in supporting our talented and motivated students to acquire academic degrees and achieve their dreams. This program enables a sponsor or group of sponsors to designate a named scholarship on behalf of one or several students. Scholarship sponsors may select students from a particular geographic location or may choose to focus their scholarship on students enrolled in a particular field.

These scholarships enable you to be in direct contact with the student(s) whose studies you are supporting and to establish personal relationships with them over the course of their degrees. 




New Initiatives and Projects We Support


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:

  • Ethiopian youngsters who are learning academic studies, preferably married / with families / single mothers.
  • Living / learning in the South of Israel.
  • Students who don't receive a scholarship from the Students Administration Office in Israel.
  • Students accepted to the program would receive a scholarship in the amount 5,000NIS, tutoring if needed, personal support throughout the year and empowerment workshops.

Website: www.startup7.org.il

Hadassah Academic College

Hadassah Academic College is one of the top academic institutions in Israel. The college is recognized by the Council for Higher Education and its tuition is parallel to the universities. It views itself as a leading academy in a constantly-changing world and as such, places emphasis on relevant academic programs aimed at providing students with the tools for long-term development in the employment market. In its 43 years of operation, the college has trained thousands of graduates in various fields. Today, there are 13 academic programs for Bachelor’s degrees in a variety of disciplines: computer sciences, medical laboratory sciences, environmental sciences, biotechnology, optometry sciences, communication disorders, social work, photographic communications, inclusive industrial design, politics and communications, economics and accounting, behavioral sciences and management of service organizations. In addition, there are four scholastic programs for Master’s degrees in optometry sciences, communication disorders, computer sciences and management of service organizations.

As part of the college’s extensive efforts to make higher education accessible to broader populations, it operates several different pre-academic preparatory programs that assist young adults who lack the prerequisites for acceptance by academic programs. Not only does the college teach ensure that its students leave with excellent academic and professional tools, it also takes responsibility by actively working to integrate its students and graduates into the work force. Therefore, over five years ago, the Center for Career Management was opened, based on the understanding that during their studies and in the years following completion of their degrees, students can benefit significantly from guidance in their first steps toward integration into the work force, with job offers, placements, employer connections, workshops and more.



WeCode is Israel’s first and only Academic-Coding Bootcamp focusing on individuals from underprivileged and diverse backgrounds with participants hailing from the full spectrum of Israeli society: the Ethiopian community, Arab society, ultra-orthodox communities, and immigrants.In addition, this year WeCode accepted applicants that were economically affected by Covid19 (unemployed). The WeCode training model consists of a new and innovative training that combines academic core classes in computer science, an industry demand-driven coding bootcamp, and a strong focus on 21st century digital and interpersonal skills. We enable our graduates, as part of our program, to find entry-level positions as programmers in hi-tech companies, attain upward social mobility and as a result, substantially impact their lives, their communities, and the entire hi-tech industry in a positive fashion. Our ultimate goal is to create a national employment mobility channel and allow multiple Israeli populations to integrate into our Hi-Tech industry, and to assist in narrowing the socio-economic gaps in Israel. WeCodes’ unique model has won the prestigious Google EDU innovation grant for two years in a row and has had a 90% success rate in placing its graduates at leading companies. By introducing our students to the hi-tech industry, we are also doing our part to enhance the supply of strong, home-grown programmers for the tech industry in Israel.

Alumni Survey

Report of Results of Survey Conducted among Ethiopian Recipients of Keren Hanan Aynor Scholarships
Submitted to Keren Aynor by Yuval Piurko, November 2016

Over the past 21 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has provided study scholarships to close to 3,000 students of Ethiopian descent in Israel. In order to evaluate the contribution of this scholarship to various aspects of their lives, including economic-social aspects, the organization requested that a survey be conducted among scholarship recipients over the years. This report presents the survey results.

Click here to Download the survey