As a public university, Bar-Ilan is committed to creating a student body as diverse as Israeli society itself. To fulfill this mission, it needs to make a Bar-Ilan education accessible to all motivated students, regardless of socioeconomic level or backgr
When Sarah* first applied to Bar-Ilan, she couldn’t even afford to pay the registration fee. “If not for a cousin recognizing how important it was for me to obtain a higher education and insisting on paying the fee for me, I wouldn’t be here today.” By “here,” she means studies toward a first degree in law and a second in political science at Bar-Ilan’s prestigious Faculty of Law. It’s a reality, she concedes, that seemed impossible just a few years ago, when, as an agunah (a woman denied a Jewish divorce by her husband) with three young children, she discovered that she had been saddled with her husband’s enormous debts.
A scholarship from Bar-Ilan enabled Sarah to fulfill her dreams of a college degree—a degree that will ensure her a means of livelihood, and pave her family’s path to financial security. Determined to pay it forward, Sarah dedicates her free time to lobbying for women’s legal rights; she also played a key part in the amendment of a law in the Knesset that makes it easier for single parents who both work and study to receive child support.
Sarah is one of a thousand students who received financial support from Bar-Ilan to pursue their studies last year. These students—many of whom come from disadvantaged populations—will bring the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired at Bar-Ilan back to their communities, and become productive citizens in Israel’s growing economy. In this way, investing in our students is an investment in not only their future, but the future of Israel’s society and state as a whole.
Opening Doors to a Different Future
Students come to Bar-Ilan from different backgrounds and with a wide range of accomplishments, perspectives, and aspirations for their future. To support the creation of a diverse student body, we have a similarly diverse portfolio of scholarships, awarded for need, for merit, and for the sake of strengthening underserved populations. Together, they support students in all degree programs—B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.—and in every faculty, and testify to our determination that no qualified student need forgo an education at Bar-Ilan.
Join Us in Unlocking Potential
By funding student scholarships at Bar-Ilan, you can empower disadvantaged students to achieve their full potential, encourage exceptional students to join our community, and expand the number of thinkers and doers united by a common goal: to better themselves, contribute to their society, and be productive citizens of a prosperous state.