HIAS Announces 2007 Scholarship Competition

Posted on Tue, Dec 05, 2006 at 12:31 pm

Application Deadline is March 15, 2007
(New York)– HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, invites students to apply for its 2007 Scholarship Awards Competition. HIAS-assisted refugees who immigrated to the United States after Jan. 1, 1992 are eligible to apply.

“A HIAS scholarship recognizes your achievements and inspires you to reach your dreams,” says Alla Paskovaty, a former recipient. “Receiving this scholarship for me was so special, because it recognized my achievements as a member of this special group – Jewish immigrants. It reinforced that despite the malevolence you may encounter, you can succeed and be surrounded by people who will stand up for you and cheer as you become successful.”

The HIAS Scholarship indeed has special meaning, explains Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of HIAS. “Like Alla Paskovaty, each recipient represents the HIAS mission of rescue, resettlement and reunion in a very personal way,” he says. “They have fled places where they were not welcome, and have found a home of freedom in America or in Israel. This scholarship is an important way the Jewish community?s generosity helps these remarkable young people achieve their full potential.”

The HIAS Scholarship Program has been helping HIAS-assisted immigrants pursue higher education since 1974. Last year, $1,500 awards were given to 150 deserving students living in the United States. Awards are made possible by generous donations from individuals around the world, many of whom were helped by HIAS themselves. This year the U.S. Scholarship award amount will be $2,000.

The HIAS scholarships are intended for high school seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education and students of all ages already enrolled in college, university or graduate school programs. All applicants must demonstrate at least one year?s attendance in an American high school (12th graders only), college, or graduate school. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, and Jewish communal involvement.

The online application must be submitted by midnight EST of March 15, 2007. Information about the contest in Israel is also available on the HIAS website.