ISABELA DOS SANTOS
As a fourth year PhD candidate in political science at the University of Toronto, my academic objective is to understand how we can best realize the peace and security that is so desired by all of those who call Israel home today.
I am learning Hebrew in order to support my doctoral research in peace and conflict. My career goal is to work in diplomacy whether as a representative of the Government of Canada, as a United Nations officer, or in a policy development capacity within the international relations sector. Thus, learning Hebrew serves the dual purpose of enabling me to achieve both my academic objective and my career goal.
In addition to holding academic and professional meaning for me, this scholarship also has personal significance: my dad, whom I deeply admire, also studied in Jerusalem in his twenties and your generosity means that I will be able to follow in his footsteps. For that, I am very grateful.
RACHEL KARASENTY SALTOUN
I am currently completing a master’s in Education with a specialization in Jewish education at Hebrew University. The scholarship will greatly alleviate the burden of supporting myself in Israel as I complete my studies.
I plan to graduate in a year’s time and with the goal of furthering my impact within my local Jewish community in Vancouver, Canada.
By integrating both my psychology and research backgrounds with the skills I acquire from my masters, I will be able to create educational environments that further enrich my community.
My educational pursuits would not have been possible without the continued support from the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and your donors. Thank you for enabling me to reach my goals with one less obstacle standing in the way.
Thank you for investing in my future. I have been a Hebrew University student since 2020 and it has been the most wonderful experience one could ever have. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity these scholarships afford me. I intend to use this opportunity to further my education at Hebrew University towards attaining a degree in archaeology to better aid my community.
My Judaic studies classes have helped me gain a more in depth understanding of the diaspora community at large. My archaeology classes have helped me see Jerusalem and other areas of the country in a new light. In fact, I am starting to not only see Jerusalem and its rich history but feel it as well.
When I complete my undergraduate studies at Hebrew University my hope is to enroll in the Hebrew University Masters of Archaeology program as it is one of the best in the world.
Studying archaeology in my opinion helps us truly understand our present and our future because you can’t understand these things without truly understanding the past.
Studying at Hebrew U has always been a dream of mine, mainly due to its highly regarded academic reputation and its special location of Jerusalem. I heard about the opportunity to study at Hebrew U through my Israeli cousin who did her undergraduate studies at Hebrew U and raved about it.
I am currently in my third year of the Social Work program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. As a social work student, I am most looking forward to the opportunity of being able to learn in a city of such rich history, diversity, and multiculturalism.
This scholarship is going to help me immensely towards my studies and allow me to enjoy and explore all the wonders that the magical city of Jerusalem has to offer! Once I return back to Toronto from studying at Hebrew U, I plan on finishing my Bachelor’s degree in social work and then moving on to getting my Master’s degree in social work as well, either in Canada or Israel.
My ultimate goal is to be able to dedicate my knowledge and experience in the social work field to helping Jewish communities in the diaspora combat antisemitism through the strengthening of Jewish identity and eventually, I hope to take my career to Israel to help heal Israeli society from within.
For me to receive your scholarship is a great honour and I intend to cherish it both in successfully completing the program and promoting my studies at Hebrew University, for years to come.
I’m nearing completion of the first semester and I love the program! The courses are really interesting to me and I feel the content is the perfect fit.
I work closely with students from all over the world, for example, I just completed a collaborative assignment about the life of Sarah & Abraham, where I got to collaborate with a student from South Korea and a student from Jerusalem.
I am grateful that you made the Bernard & Elinore Persiko Merit Scholarship Fund available to me and I promise to pay it forward in the future.