BGU Awards First Sam Zuckerberg Scholarship
December 9, 2014
New York, NY, December 9, 2014 – The first Sam Zuckerberg Scholarship for graduate students from BGU was awarded to Anya Shani who is now pursuing an MSc. in business management at Oxford Brookes’ International Hotel and Tourism Marketing Program.
Anya completed her B.A. in July 2014 at BGU in the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management. She is a Russian immigrant who arrived in Israel as an infant with her mother and settled in the small northern Israel town of Yavne’el.
“I’m so excited and though I have always had big ambitions, when you live in a small village you can’t even imagine the possibility that you might get the opportunity to study somewhere like Oxford Brookes University,” Anya says. “I’m super-excited and I know that this year will be full of action and learning.”
The scholarship, which covers tuition, housing and living expenses for an academic year is made possible through the support of Roy J. Zuckerberg, in memory of his father Sam. Roy Zuckerberg is chairman emeritus of Ben-Gurion University’s board of governors and is also a long-term board member of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the benefactor and honorary chairman of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, part of BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research.
“I am pleased to be able to honor my father Sam in a way that enables deserving Israeli students, like Anya, from BGU to attend the prestigious Oxford Brookes,” says Roy Zuckerberg. “The scholarship will continue to fund talented students from a range of disciplines where Brookes has particular expertise.”
The Oxford Brookes Scholarship is the brainchild of the Oxford Jewish Chaplaincy Board, in particular Isaac Garson and Sandra Dwek, both active members of the Oxford Jewish Congregation who are backing this initiative. Garson is a well-known and experienced international educator. Dwek is an alumna of Brookes’ law faculty and a former member of its Chancellor’s Court.
Roy Zuckerberg is a senior director of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. after stepping down as vice chairman of the firm. In 2001, he created a private investment company and in 2004 founded Samson Capital Advisors where he serves as chairman. He also serves on several boards.
About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) celebrates its 50th birthday this year, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond.
A. Lavin Communications