February 28, 2008
The Jewish Agency for Israel is donating $1.7 million in scholarships to a Sderot college.
Each of Sapir College's 1,700 students will receive a $1,000 scholarship as a sign of solidarity amid intensified rocket attacks by Palestinian terrorists in the nearby Gaza Strip, Jewish Agency Chairman Ze'ev Bielski announced Thursday.
The donation, from funds raised by the United Jewish Communities, also commemorates a 47-year-old father of four who was killed by a Hamas rocket Wednesday while attending classes at Sapir.
"The best answer to the murderous attacks yesterday on the college is to support the college by providing an incentive for students to continue studying there," Bielski said in a statement.