This program propels outstanding young adults from underprivileged backgrounds into Israel’s industry, business and high tech sectors. Students ages 21-30 have the opportunity to pursue a college degree in engineering or the sciences and receive a scholarship package including tuition, a living stipend and a laptop computer, as well as academic counseling, tutoring and empowerment activities. All students are required to do community volunteer work during their freshman year.
In their sophomore year, participants are adopted by a leading Israeli company that provides them with valuable hands-on work experience and a personal mentor who serves as a tutor and liaison to the company. After finishing their studies, students may go on to work for their adoptive companies.
A large number of Israel’s foremost companies, recognizing the intrinsic value of this program, are partners in this endeavor. Companies include: IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Ness Technologies, Ernst and Young, Intel, Raphael Industries, Phillips, ECI Telecom, Nice, Rad Technologies, Amdocs, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), Bank Discount, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Retalix. Atidim graduates are on a fast track to lead Israel’s future business and economic growth.
The program was piloted in 2003 with 27 students and eight sponsoring companies. Today over, 600 students are in the program, with over 1500 graduates contributing to Israel’s industry and economy. The number of sponsoring companies has grown to more than 120.