Acceptance to college is only the beginning.
Although the Israeli government covers some tuition and living costs for Ethiopian-Israeli students pursuing higher education, students must pay for most living expenses, including rent, transportation, and above all, food. They also must buy their own books and other educational materials.
For many Ethiopian families in Israel, financing their children’s college education or helping them cover school expenses is impossible. The financial burden sometimes causes Ethiopian students to drop out of school and take unskilled jobs, or even prevents them from pursuing and completing a degree.
Providing a Choice and a Chance
The re-dedicated NACOEJ/Barney & Rachel Landau Gottstein Adopt-A-Student College Sponsorship Program gives Ethiopian-Israeli college students the support they need to make it through school and earn a degree. Program sponsors fund scholarships that provide students with a monthly stipend which enables them to focus on their studies and participate fully in university activities. Ultimately, this education helps Ethiopian students earn a degree, preparing them for careers and ultimately become professionals and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Ethiopian Students Build a Future
Since the inception of the NACOEJ Adopt-A-Student (AAS) College Sponsorship Program, hundreds of Ethiopian-Israeli young men and women have been able to complete higher degrees and enter the Israeli workforce, serving as teachers, nurses, engineers, social workers, government employees, lawyers, doctors, artists and more.
These students become role models for the next generations of Ethiopian-Israelis, inspiring younger generations of Ethiopian-Israeli students to follow in their footsteps. As they have become more prominent in Israeli society, they have become leaders who work to improve the integration of Ethiopians into Israeli life, ultimately benefiting all Israelis.
You Can Help!
Sponsor an Ethiopian-Israeli college student. We will make a match between you and one or more students. You will receive a biography of each student with a photo and will continue to hear from your student throughout the academic year.
The cost to sponsor a student for each academic year is $1,320 and can be donated monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually. You can “adopt” a student as an individual, family, or as a group. We hope that you will continue to support your student throughout his or her college career.
You can also choose to donate to the general college program, helping students with special needs and contributing to the program’s general goals.
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