Keren Hanan Aynor

                                         Supporting Students today, Creating the Leaders of tomorrow!

Keren Hanan Aynor
is a small organization in Israel, chaired by Tsega Melaku, which provides scholarships to Ethiopian Israelis in university, graduate school and technical colleges.   Founded in 1994 in memory of Hanan Aynor (z”l), Israeli Ambassador to Ethiopia in 1971-73 under Hailee Selasse, Karen Hanan Aynor (KHA) has awarded over 3,300 scholarships to over 1,500 Ethiopian Israeli students.

Through small, unrestricted scholarships to talented and highly-motivated Ethiopian Israelis studying to acquire higher academic education and/or advanced professional degrees, KHA works directly with Ethiopian Israelis to promote the emergence of a core leadership committed to serving both internal needs as well as society at large, thus empowering a new generation of Ethiopians to excel and flourish in Israeli society.   KHA prioritizes graduate students and older students returning to university, for whom there are the least number of other scholarships available.

Keren Hanan Aynor supports Ethiopian Israeli students in the following categories:

  •  Masters or PhD candidates
  •  Undergraduates with children who wish to upgrade their educational and professional level
  •  Students who are not eligible for/receiving assistance from other sources
  •  Students who are working toward a specialized diploma to advance their employment level
  •  Students who are enrolled in fields new to Ethiopian immigrants (“trail-blazers”)

Scholarship Recipient Stories – Shlomo Molla

Former Member of Knesset – Shlomo Molla:  “Education is a tool for progress in society.”    Read his story.

In the past 7 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has turned away an average of
51% of qualified applicants due to lack of funds.

To Donate in support of Keren Hanan Aynor, click here.

More Facts:

  • According to the 2015 Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics Report, in 2014 there were 2,774 Ethiopian- Israelis enrolled in higher education as compared to 331,650 among the general population.  This represented 9% of the Ethiopian Israeli population ages  20-29, as compared to 7% of the general population.
  • The median age for an Ethiopian student studying for a first degree is slightly higher, age 26.5, than among the general population at age 25.5.
  • In the past 23 years, Keren Hanan Aynor has helped to close this education gap by distributing more than 3,300 scholarships and supporting more than 1,500 students.
  • In the past 5 years, over 95% of Keren Hanan Aynor students have successfully completed the academic year.
  • 96% of KHA scholarship recipients are currently employed.
  • 70% of KHA scholarship recipients are women.
  • 96% of KHA scholarship recipients are Ethiopian born.
  • The average annual scholarship awarded by Keren Hanan Aynor is $1,000, paid in three installments during the school year.

You can provide a scholarship to an adult Ethiopian Israeli student with a donation of $1,000.

Or, Give Whatever You Can!

If you wish to provide a full scholarship of $1,000, your gift can made in 12 monthly installments of $84 each, or in any configuration you wish.

Click to DONATE and select “Keren Hanan Aynor” in the “I would like my donation to go to:”  Field.

If you wish to make your gift in installments, look for the “Add a Note” Field when you use either PayPal or your own Credit Card.   Use this field to write in “Make my donation monthly for __ months.”   Thank you!

For more about Keren Hanan Aynor, go to   And watch their video, HERE.


Keren Hanan Aynor
Topaz Street 1
Mevasseret Zion, Israel
Tel: 972 -53-919-5036
Fax:  972-2- 567- 1936