Honors Scholars Program
Bar-Ilan's Program for Honors Scholars underscores the University's conviction that Israel's best and brightest students will thrive in an intellectually demanding academic environment inculcated with Jewish values and a love of Israel.
BIU selects its Honors Scholars from the most promising young students who have the potential to be Israel's future leaders.
Learn more about a few of Bar-Ilan's Honors Scholars:
Intrigued by the human brain and mind, Yocheved Loewenstern was drawn to BIU's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience — Israel's first such program and the only one authorized by the Israeli Council of Higher Education to grant a BSc degree in neuroscience.
"I really love the program, which uniquely integrates both psychology and life sciences, and it's especially exciting to be getting into research," says the second-year BIU honors scholar, who was born in Highland Park, New Jersey and grew up in Beit Shemesh. Learn more about Yocheved »
In today's politically charged and media-dominated environment, a good lawyer must also be a polished communicator. Oryan Hass, a student in Bar-Ilan's Program for Honors Scholars, is poised to be an expert in both.
The program encourages its scholars to take courses in multiple departments and Hass has taken full advantage of the opportunity, studying law as her major while completing a parallel certificate in communication studies.
After all, there is ample room for a master communicator and attorney who can effectively make the case for Israel — whether in the courtroom or the halls of diplomacy. Learn more about Oryan »
"As an IDF 'Conditions of Service' Officer, I encountered so many soldiers with different life stories that it made me wonder how the human mind works — how is it that one person who grew up in a dysfunctional family (e.g., whose parents are drug addicts or in prison) wants to be close to home to help his family, while another just wants to get away and make it on his own? Where do people get the mental resources that help them cope?"
So explains 27-yearold Keren Fait about her decision to major in Psychology. Enrolled in her third and final year of undergraduate studies, Fait recounts how her work as an officer "made me wonder what is going on inside those soldiers." Learn more about Keren »
For much of his 24 years, Hagai Diamandi has sought to mesh tradition with excellence. As a youngster, he participated in BIU science activities for gifted youth; as a teen, he attended a demanding Torah-and-Technology high school in Jerusalem.
Later, he combined Hesder Yeshiva studies in the southern development town of Yerucham with Israeli military service. As an IDF tank commander charged with training new recruits, he provided an exemplary model of dedication to the State of Israel and concern for the individual, with his officers commending his "leadership qualities, self-discipline, dedication, diligence, values, and high potential." Learn more about Hagai »
Bar-Ilan's Program for Honors Scholars, launched in 2008, targets the most promising young scholars — those scoring in the top one percentile in their psychometric and matriculation exams.
Currently, more than 90 handpicked students studying in diverse academic fields are being nurtured with free tuition, a monthly stipend, a personal mentor, and attendance at high-level seminars. The Program aims to cultivate cadres of top-notch scientists and academicians who will contribute to Israel's advancement.