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JCT’s Chesed Fund - Financial Support for Needy Students

The Chesed fund at JCT distributes stipends and scholarships to needy students at JCT on a case-by-case basis.  The fund, jointly managed by the President of JCT, Professor Chaim Sukenik and the JCT scholarship department, addresses some of the hardest financial cases on campus.  Each year the number of applications increase, and we are stretched beyond capacity to provide for every applicant.

Each year we receive hundreds of requests from students; below are a sampling of (translated) letters we received this past year.    Over the last year we distributed approximately 60 scholarships (ranging from 2,000 – 5,000 NIS) totaling close to 170,000 NIS.


Tvuna program, second year Accounting & Information Systems student.  Received 4,000 NIS in 2020/2021. (Tamar)

My parents are divorced. I currently live with my father and his wife.  His wife is highly disabled. We are four children living together in one small room.  Since the age of 15, I have had to work and support myself. Right now, I cannot cope with the financial burden of funding my studies and the mental stress of completing my courses.  I am often distracted since I am always juggling between working and studying.  My salary is around 1000 NIS, which does not cover my tuition costs nor basic living expenses.  I have reached a point where I have to get financial help or drop out of school. I fully understand how much my studies can help me find a stable, lucrative job in the future, but I also need to find a way to live today.  I am committed to the fact that my children will not have the same childhood as I.


Campus Lev, third year Accounting & Information Systems student.  Received 5,000 NIS in 2020/2021. (Daniel)

I am married with two children.  My eldest daughter was recently diagnosed with a growth on her kidney.  My wife had to stop working in order to look after her as she is constantly in and out of hospital. Due to my studies and my responsibilities at home, I do not have time to work.  Neither my parents, nor my wife’s parents are able to support us.

We have usual living costs that we need to cover (rent, food, tuition) in addition to high medical bills. I know I must finish the program in order to hope for a brighter future, but right now it’s very difficult. I would appreciate any help you could give.


Tvuna student, second year in Accounting.  Received 4,500 NIS in 2020/2021. (Michal)

I am single. My parents are divorced and there are 6 children in my family.  My father studies in Kollel, but he broke off his connection with us and we are not in contact with him.  My mother doesn’t work.  I am unable to focus on my studies for all the distractions in my home life, but none-the-less desperate to complete my studies.  I look forward to the time I will be able to work and support myself.


Campus Tal, third year Bioinformatics student.  Received 5,000 NIS in 2020/2021. (Avigail)

I am single and have 3 siblings.  My father is handicapped and my mother does not work.  Sadly, my brother recently died of cancer.  We had to use money from my family’s pension fund in order to cover today’s living costs.  I am a ba’alat tshuva  and live on the campus of Neve Yerushalayim.   I am unable to work and desperately need to find support to get me through my studies.  Sometimes I feel so desperate and don’t know what I can do to help myself.


Campus Lev, second year Electrical Engineering student.  Received 5,000 NIS in 2020/2021. (Rafael)

My mother is sick and cannot work.  My father takes low paying jobs when he can, which usually only pay minimum wage.   I received a medical exemption from the army.  I do not get any other scholarships, but I cannot afford to pay for tuition or cover my own living expenses.   I finished high school with high grades, and I am just looking forward to finishing my degree so that I can help my family and myself.  Today I have no way of supporting myself but I look forward to the day that I can.


Campus Tal, second year Bioinformatics student.  Received 5,000 NIS in 2020/2021.. (Efrat)

I am one of the oldest siblings in a family of 8 children.  Following an accident at my father’s work, he has now been classified as 66% disabled and unable to work.  My mother has a job, but does not earn enough money to support the whole family.  Due to my rigorous study schedule, I have no time left to work. My family are not able to support my siblings and myself, and I would appreciate your help in supporting me through my studies.


The above are examples of the many applications submitted to the Chesed Fund last year.  They are representative of our diverse student body and the challenges they face.  In order to fully appreciate the scope of our work and the diverse backgrounds of our students, we invite you to visit us on campus. 

In the meantime, we hope you will consider joining us as we continue to make higher education accessible to students from even the most challenging backgrounds. Education is the single most favorable and sustainable way to overcome the unforgiving cycle of poverty. 

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