We envisage a Negev that does not rely only on agriculture for its economic prosperity but breaks new ground in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, opening wide employment horizons suitable for the modern world.
Realizing that the Zionist dream of making the desert bloom would be led by young pioneers, we initiated the Student Program to attract talented young students and provide them with the community and resources they need to excel in their academic studies. The three-year program provides young couples at the start of their academic studies with an economic package and an opportunity to become a part of a thriving community.
The program currently consists of 40 students who live in Halutza’s three communities of Naveh, Bnei Netzarim and Shlomit. Students study at universities and colleges in the south in a variety of fields including:
- Electrical engineering
- Construction engineering
- Computer engineering
- Industrial engineering
- A monthly scholarship large enough to allow the students to focus on their studies.
- House rental.
- Transportation to and from the university.
All the while nurturing the new generation of developers of Halutza, the Student Program is about building a community at its heart. Throughout the year, social events and gatherings like Shabbatot, barbeques and evening activities for women help students and their families feel welcome.
Most of the graduates of the first and second graduating class have already found quality jobs and even those who are employed in remote areas have decided to build their lives in Halutza. The student population has created positive waves of absorption in recent years, creating a real revolution in populating the Halutza communities and opening new horizons in the high-tech and industry sectors.
- Annual Package: $18,000 per year. We fund the program for each student for 3 years.
- Our goal is to receive at least 15 new students each year. The families live in one of Halutza’s communities.
- In 2018, 25 families will participate in the program.