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Helyn B. Reich Scholarship for University Study in Israel

The Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich. The initial gift in Helyn’s memory was given by Mrs. Sarah Fischer and her son Dr. Stuart Fischer.

Reich scholarships are awarded each fall and spring to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or attend post-college long-term programs. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, pro-Israel activity in their personal lives and show a commitment to future involvement with the Jewish and Zionist community. Preference is given to candidates who decide to spend the full year in Israel. Financial need will also be considered, though more emphasis will be placed on merit. Scholarship amounts generally range from $750 to $3,000.

JANUARY 15 Spring Semester
JULY 15 Fall Semester And Year-Round Programs

ELIGIBILITY for university study in israel

  • Applicants must be American and studying at an American college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Applicants must have been accepted to study in Israel at an undergraduate program at Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa or Weizmann Institute of Science for a minimum of one semester (Preference given to students attending for a full year). Students applying to a seminary, yeshiva, summer program or gap year program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be actively engaged with pro-Israel activities on their college campus and/or Jewish community in the United States.
  • Recipients of the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship will be expected to remain involved with the American Zionist Movement following their return to the United States. Involvement may include promotion of the American Zionist Movement or one of its member organizations and attendance at AZM events and telephone and e-mail contact with future scholarship applicants.

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HBR Uni Scholarship Application

Personal Information

Preferred Gender *
Upload Your Headshot (Accepted file types: jpg or png) *
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Upload your official University transcript (Accepted file type: PDF) *
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Permanent Address
Current Address (if different than above)

Enrollment Information

Israel Involvement: Past and Projected Future

Have you visited or studied in Israel before? If yes, please include the dates and purpose (i.e. study, family trip, organized trip, etc.) for up to your three most recent trips as well as the purpose. Below that you can enter the program description. *
Have you studied Hebrew before? If yes, please describe your level of both understanding and fluency below.

Financial Background

A - Are you receiving financial aid for this program? *
B – Please indicate how you plan to cover the costs of this program and any additional costs associated (i.e. living costs):

Letters of Recommendation

Upload a letter of recommendation from a leader in the Jewish community (i.e. rabbi, Hillel staff member) who can attest to your involvement in the Jewish community and pro-Israel activities. (Accepted file type: PDF) *
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Upload a letter from a professor or academic adviser vouching for past academic performance. (Accepted file type: PDF) *
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Personal Statement

Submit a personal statement on the following topic. Statement should be two pages double-spaced, 600 words maximum.

Please note your statement may be posted to AZM website anonymously.

What is your personal connection to Zionism? How do you define Zionism, and what does it mean to you to be a Zionist today? (Accepted file type: PDF) *
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