Dec 19 2012
The University of Haifa awarded 44 scholarships in memory of the victims of the Carmel Forest fire disaster of December 2010. The scholarships have been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Chairman of the University’s Board of Governors, Leon H. Charney.
This was the second year of the memorial scholarship project, which grants scholarships to 44 students, each in memory of a victim of the disaster, and each with a commitment from the student to keep in touch with the bereaved family and partake in activities commemorating the fallen.
Over the past and first year of the memorial project, many special relationships developed between the students and families, the students finding many ways of perpetuating the victim’s memory, such as seminar papers in memoriam, photo exhibitions, and even field trips through the rejuvenating Carmel forest.
Participating in the ceremony were Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, University of Haifa President Amos Shapira, Israel Prison Service Commissioner Lt. Gen. Aharon Franco, Fire and Rescue Services Commissioner Shahar Ayalon, and Police Deputy Inspector General, Maj. Gen. Israel Yitzchak.
Addressing the families, students, and guests at the ceremony, University of Haifa President Amos Shapira spoke of the special connection that has developed between the scholarship recipients and the bereaved families. “I am proud to be standing at the head of an institution that not only sanctifies academic research, but also its relationship with society,” he said, adding: “The connection between the scholarship students and the families has led to projects that go far beyond the scholarships themselves.”