Schulich Leader Scholarships to provide 75 high school students with full university funding
By Daniel Horowitz– Business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich has announced a historic $100 million scholarship initiative to secure the future economic competitiveness of Canada and Israel. The scholarships are designed to ensure that future Canadian and Israeli leaders are among the next pioneers of global scientific research and innovation.
The Schulich Leader Scholarships are aimed to increase enrollment in STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – among students entering Canadian and Israeli Universities.
All graduating high school and CEGEP students in Canada and Israel planning to study STEM subjects in university are eligible to become a Schulich Leader. Each selected individual will receive a $60,000, four-year scholarship with annual payments of $15,000.
“We plan on piloting this initiative for three years,” said Seymour Schulich, a Canadian business leader known for his strategic philanthropic contributions in the education sector. “Science and technology are the principal drivers for a country’s economy where education, fuelled by strong math, is essential for national and global economic performance. My hope is that after a successful pilot this initiative will help ensure Canada and Israel are at the forefront of excellence in science and research for generations to come.”
Twenty Canadian and five Israeli Universities will be invited to participate in the program. Each will award one Schulich Leader in the first year for a total of 25, a number which will rise to 75 students by 2014. Nominations to these universities will be made by 1600 high schools in both countries. Ultimately, the endowment will generate $5 million annually, and be indexed to inflation.
Schulich has selected UJA Federation of Greater Toronto to be the administrator of this scholarship program.
“UJA has been around for close to 100 years, and he believes we’ll be around for another 100 years,” explained the acting director of the Schulich Leader Scholarships, David Goodman.
And, according to UJA Federation President & CEO, Ted Sokolsky, if interest and investment revenue keeps up with annual endowments, “it could go on forever.”
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Luxurious Jerusalem hotel included by Fodor’s in ‘Grande Dame’ category, named one of world’s top 100 hotels
Jerusalem’s King David Hotel has been named by Fodor’s as one of the top 100 hotels in the world for 2011 and one of the top 12 “iconic hotels”, the Dan Hotels chain was informed recently.
Fodor’s is one of the biggest publishers of English-language travel and tourism information, producing guide books for destinations and hotels across the world.
It has some 700 researchers and experts, and every year ranks the world’s top 100 hotels in eight different categories.
The iconic hotels category, called “Grande Dame”, includes hotels with unusual history and service. Among the hotels awarded this title are Baur au Lac Zurich, Switzerland; Breakers Palm Beach, Florida; Carlyle, New York City; Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hay-Adams Washington, DC; Villa D’Este, Lake Como; La Mamounia, Marrakesh; and The Savoy London, England.
The King David Hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World chain, has 233 rooms, including 42 special luxury rooms and suites, a presidential suite and a royal suite.
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We elevate natural heritage in Israel in three distinct ways: preservation of nature; green education and community outreach; recreational activities and improving the accessibility of nature for everyone. SPNI unwaveringly protects Israel’s unique nature, its fauna and flora, from rapid development. We aspire to improve life quality in the country, in order to allow future generations to enjoy our country’s beautiful natural environment.