Oxford Brookes Sam Zuckerberg Israel Scholarship

For postgraduate students from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel

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The scholarship was established in 2011 and each year since has enabled a postgraduate student from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel to study for a Master’s degree at Oxford Brookes. Students are selected on the basis of merit, academic ability, personal qualities and financial need.

Auren Renford (2nd from left, with fellow students at Brookes)

“I could not have afforded to live and study in the UK. It was a dream and without the scholarship would have stayed just a dream. The scholarship changed my life.”

Auren Renford (2nd from left, with fellow students at Brookes), MSc International Hotel & Tourism Management graduate and Scholarship recipient

A brief history of the scholarship

Back in 2009, members of the Oxford Jewish Congregation (OJC) began hearing how the Jewish students at Oxford Brookes University were finding that the image of Israel was much misunderstood by their fellow students. 

Following discussions with the university, it was suggested to set up a scholarship to bring an Israeli student to Brookes with the idea that they would also be able to provide opportunities for presenting Israel on campus, and would encourage Arab-Israeli dialogue on campus and in the city.

The initiative was launched to set up the “Oxford Brookes University Israel Scholarship” and fundraising duly started amongst the OJC members, family and friends. Contact was established with Ben-Gurion University (BGU) and the search also began for the first recipient. As the work grew, news spread and there was even a mention in the House of Lords during a debate on water in the Middle East by Baroness Ruth Deech. Thanks to the generosity of donors, enough funds were raised to select the first recipient to start in September 2012.

In 2013, past chairman of the Board of Governors of BGU Roy J. Zuckerberg, upon hearing about both the transformational impact the scholarship was having and the need to secure its future, gave a donation in memory of his late father Sam Zuckerberg. The scholarship officially became known as the “Sam Zuckerberg Scholarship”. 

The generosity of the donation has eased the burden of fundraising for the scholarship greatly although there is still a funding gap that needs to be filled.

Our scholars and where they are now

How to support

The Oxford Brookes Sam Zuckerberg Israel Scholarship is funded through the generosity of individual donors.

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