University's Soldier-Students Will Not Lose Out
University of Haifa students who received emergency call-up orders for ten days or more because of the present crisis will receive a scholarship of NIS 1500 plus a list of other benefits upon their return to studies. University President Prof. Yehuda Hayuth made this announcement, saying that the University “did not want these students to lose out, certainly not academically, and if possible not financially.”
The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with B’nai B’rith, more precisely the Haifa and Northern Israel region of the organization.
The University will offer a special summer semester, free of charge, in courses where there is a high absentee rate the Spring semester because of the call up.
Still another benefit, reservists called up on emergency orders will be exempt from payment of dormitory fees for the period of their reserve duty.
The University showed its commitment - and presence - to students called up for active duty when a delegation brought hundreds of gift packages to troops serving in the heated-up Har Dov area on the Lebanese border. Presenting the gifts were President Prof. Yehuda Hayut (3rd from l.), Vice-President Yael Metser (2nd from r.), and Public Affairs Division Head Yitzhak Dagan (3rd from r.).
Soldier students conscripted to do a week or more active reserve duty because of the “Defensive Shield” campaign will not have to pay to repeat a course they had to drop because of their call up.
Returning soldiers will also be given free photocopying cards and free tutorials to help them reintegrate into the academic atmosphere. Those who have to miss the scheduled final exam period will be given a special exam period at a later date.
Among the hundreds of University of Haifa students mobilized were new-immigrant students and Druze students, many of whom served in the West Bank, including Jenin.
The University also set up a 24-hour, toll-free hotline for reservists.
In still another gesture of support for the IDF, a University delegation led by President Hayuth went just before Independence Day to an area not far from Har Dov on the Syrian border to distribute hundreds of gift packages
to the soldiers serving in that heated-up sector.
“The University of Haifa wanted to extend its appreciation and acknowledgment for our students and staff who have been mobilized to maintain security for the residents of Israel,” Professor Hayuth said. “In these difficult days, we all of us express our support for the soldiers and police who are concerned with our security 24 hours a day.”
Scholarship Memorializes Druze Hero
The University established a scholarship to memorialize Master Sergeant Salim Barkat, a Druze policeman who was killed when trying to foil a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in March.
Situated on the road leading minutes away to two of the country’s largest Druze villages on Mount Carmel, the University wanted to honor the policeman’s courage and bravery in giving his life to prevent the terrorist from carrying out further carnage. Barkat himself was from the Galilean village of Yarqa.
The scholarship, full tuition for the normal three years of undergraduate study, will be awarded annually to a student from the Druze community who elects to study at the University. The University has long-standing ties to the Druze community. It maintains a unique Druze Archive, which is situated within the Jewish-Arab Center.
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