HORIZONS TO HIGH-TECH
The Horizons program offers talented young people an opportunity to gain an academic degree in engineering or the sciences, even if they don't meet the admissions criteria or cannot afford the cost of higher education. In this way we hope both to narrow social gaps and to address Israel's critical need for qualified engineers and scientists.
Initiated by the successful high-tech entrepreneur Yehuda Zisapel, the program identifies discharged soldiers with academic potential and motivation, and invites them to take a special, extended pre-academic course that prepares them for acceptance into competitive high-level studies. Those who complete the course successfully continue to degree programs; throughout the 3 or 4-year course of study they enjoy a tuition scholarship, a living stipend, educational reinforcement and social support.
Horizons to High-Tech began at the Technion in late 2008, and was gradually expanded to the universities of Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva and Jerusalem. So far, over 70% of the students who entered the preparatory course were accepted for academic studies in universities or colleges. The long-term goal is for the participants to build a career in knowledge-based fields after graduation, and eventually to support new students in Horizons as mentors and funders.
Mr. Yehuda Zisapel
Ministry of Defense - Discharged Soldiers Unit
Technion Alumni Association
Israel Association of Electronics and Software Industries
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
UIA Federation of New York
The Art Foundation