The Atidna Scholarship program is directed at Arab students stuying in Israeli institutions of higher education. It is founded on the values of excellence, optimism and integration. It provides a path towards personal success and integration into Israeli society.
Atidna scholars are proud of their Arab identity and culture while seeking to strengthen their affiliation with and integration into Israeli society. Atidna scholars are empowered to be the future leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs that will develop their community and in the process, become full equal partners in the Israeli economy, academia and culture.
According to the Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE), these are the percentages of Arab students in Israeli academia:
Therefore, the number of Arab students is approximately:
*CHE Offical Website: https://che.org.il
However, further to this growth, the CHE also notes the high dropout rates among Arab students during or after the first year of higher education, as well as the rising number of Arab students who pursue higher education abroad – particularly in universities in Jordan and the West Bank. Finally, the percentage of Arab students in Israeli higher education is not yet commensurate with the proportion of Arabs in Israel’s population.
In view of these figures, the Atidna Scholarship program seeks to support and empower Arab students at Israeli universities and colleges. The goal is to help them complete their studies, as they also acquire the soft skills needed for success and future integration in society.
Objectives of the program
Up to NIS 10,000 will be allocated to each of the eligible 100 students during the first year. The scholarships will be distributed in three tranches – at the beginning, middle and end of the school year.
We plan to continue supporting students throughout all three-four years of their studies, hence creating a sustainable community of leaders.
Atidna scholarship recipients will participate in three (one-day) seminars each year. These seminars will focus on the values of the Atidna movement, and also provide tools and skills for success in studies and afterwards, in finding a job:
Each Atidna scholarship recipient will receive hands-on experience in Atidna youth leadership and mentoring.
Atidna Community Model
What sets us apart? Structure and content!
Most current scholarship programs award scholarships based primarily on the student’s socioeconomic status. Atidna also prioritizes the student’s skills and abilities.
The Atidna Scholarship program mentors the student throughout their undergraduate studies, providing them with soft skills and enrichment content in seminars.
After graduating, the graduate becomes part of the Atidna community and Atidna’s follow-up programs.
In addition to the financial support to cover the annual tuition fee in the sum of NIS 10,000, Atidna offers three seminars on civics and personal empowerment, as well as about 120 hours of hands-on experience in leadership, education and youth leadership.
The Atidna Scholarship program equips young people with the values and vision to pursue their higher education. We strive to change the mindsets of young Arab citizens of Israel, so that they believe in themselves and what they can accomplish.
We also seek to inspire them to overcome barriers and to seize opportunities for the good of their community, on the one hand, and the country on the other.
The program supports university students during their first, second, or third year, helping them to pursue their higher education while also acquiring self and leadership empowerment skills. These skills will enhance their sense of positive citizenship and integration in Israeli society and investment in their community.
Atidna scholars will participate in an entrepreneurship program that will help them create opportunities of employment and economic prosperity either in their community or as integrated professionals in Israeli or international companies.
Ayman has a BA in law from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and has worked as a public and private sector attorney. Beginning in 2003, Ayman has owned and run a law firm in Haifa that is considered one of the leading law firms in the country in the area of land expropriation compensation. The firm represents both private and large institutional bodies such as the municipality of Haifa and the Yaffe Nof Transport & Infrastructure Company Ltd.
A social activist, Erez was among the founders of the social-leadership academies, and served as the head of the Ein Prat Leadership Academy for a decade. Erez was the Director of Social and Youth Administration in the Ministry of Education and was among the leaders of the students’ campaign to lower tuition in 1998. He currently serves as chairperson of the One Heart Organization. He also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the IDF.
Graduate of Ben Gurion University, Director of Education and Organizational Consulting at Tel Aviv University. Ali has extensive experience in the management of innovative education systems, as well as of schools in Arab society (40 years), in which he also established and managed the first democratic school in Kafr Qara. Ali is a partner to the establishment of various ventures and associations such as the Arab-Jewish Forum in Wadi Ara, the Kafr Qara Bilingual School, the Spiritual Empowerment Association in Education, the Social Educational Association for National Civil Service in Wadi Ara. In addition, Ali lectures on Arab and Jewish relations to participants in Birthright and other forums.
Holds a BA in Israel studies, and an MA in gender studies and law and is a board member of several social organizations. Yifat began her professional career at the Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI), where she worked for close to a decade, starting as a tour guide and working her way up to director of the training division. Yifat joined Aluma in 2000, where she currently serves as CEO. Aluma encourages young people to take responsibility and join the circles of action and influence in Israeli society
Ashraf has an MA in Education Systems Management and a BA in Educational Sciences from Haifa University. In addition, he is a graduate of the program for career counselors for MA Degree holders at Tel Aviv University. Ashraf began his career as a teacher in the Jewish and Arab sectors. He was the principal of the Shfar’am Municipal High School . Since 2014, has been the director of the National Program to make higher education accessible to the Arab, Druze, Circassian and Bedouin communities. Ashraf volunteers with organizations working for co-existence between Arabs and Jews. Ashraf is one of the founders of the Joint Israeli Leadership Program, a member of the Israeli Congress at Bar Ilan University and is a member of various education committees.
Mohammed has a BA in education and history from Beit Berl College and an MA in Sociology from Haifa University. Throughout his life, Mohammed has been active in youth movements and has held various positions. He was among the first in Arab society to do a year of volunteer service in a youth movement. Muhammad has held various positions in the training and management of youth programs and as the director of the informal education department in the municipality of Tamra and deputy chairman of the Association of Youth Departments in Israel.
After 10 years of service in the IDF, Amit was discharged with the rank of major and since 2011, has been engaged in entrepreneurship, management and social-educational activities with an emphasis on youth and teens. Amit studied civil engineering at the Technion and has a BA in political science from Haifa University.
Dr. Fadila (PhD in English Literature) is the founder of Q Schools: Education, Consultation & Development, an institution for the promotion of quality education in Israeli Arab society. She is an international speaker on the subjects of minority women, identity and education.
In 2013-2018, Dr. Fadila was president of the Baqa al-Garbiyyeh College for Science and Engineering, boosting the small technological institute into a leading academic and professional college that trains engineers in the Arab community in Israel.
In 2000-2011, Dr. Fadila, was the Academic Director of Al Qasemi Teacher Training College. As a member of the college leadership, she helped develop it from a religious seminary into an academic institution.
Vicki has an MA degree in public policy and internal auditing. She has worked in the public sector for the past twenty years in a wide variety of roles. In the past year, Vicki ran for election as mayor of Katzrin. As the daughter of an Ethiopian immigrant who has served the community throughout her career, Vicki’s work over the years has likewise been devoted to the community in Katzrin. She worked as a spokesperson for the Katzrin municipality, and in addition was in charge of integrating new immigrants and residents, forging relationships with government offices and developing programs in the city.