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MASA - Gateway to Israel Programs
She'arim is an active participant in the MASA program.
MASA (Hebrew for "Journey) is a partnership between the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency which seeks to strengthen the next generation of Jewish People. MASA endeavors to give thousands of young Jews in the Diaspora the opportunity to spend a semester or a full year in Israel without financial constraints.
To make this vision a reality, MASA is working to create the conditions that will enable thousands of young adults from around the world to participate in long term programs in Israel each year.
She’arim has been approved as a MASA program, and as such students that study at She’arim will be entitled to grants and scholarships.
Basic eligibility to receive a Masa Grant and/or Scholarship
1. Must be between the ages of 18-30
2. Cannot be an Israeli citizen, or if an Israeli citizen has not lived in Israel after the age of 14
3. Has not received a Masa scholarship program in the past
4. Has not participated in a MASA program since 2004
5. Will be studying at She’arim for at least five months
Grants are based on country of residence, with USA citizens receiving $2000-$4500 depending on age and length of stay. Students from other countries will receive a grant of $1000 grant. Students can apply for an additional-needs based Scholarship.
MASA Needs Based Scholarships
A needs based scholarship is based on a formula of the average income per person in your household divided into the average income in your country.
In order to receive a needs based scholarship, you will be required to give your parents' proof of income. If you are financially independent, you are required to give your proof of income for 12 months, an apartment rental contract for 12 months and a notarized letter by your parents stating that they do not support you financially.
To download a MASA application you can go to MASA’s website http://masaisrael.org/masa/english/ and follow the link to their grants.
MASA scholarship recipients are required by the MASA program to have Israeli medical insurance. Failure to acquire it will result in losing your scholarship.
All MASA applications should be submitted directly to She’arim.
She’arim will be happy to assist you in filling out your application and regarding any question you might have.