Israel’s global leadership in high-tech rests on a narrow foundation – less than half of Israeli youth get to college. Israel needs thousands of more STEM graduates to sustain its economic miracle.
The Prime Minister’s Office last year selected ISEF to lead “Science Builds the Nation” – empowering hundreds of young Israelis from immigrant and underserved communities to pursue STEM degrees.
This year, ISEF is supporting 120 young Israelis, from families where NO ONE ever went to college, to get degrees in STEM disciplines. Next year this program will expand again to educate even more young Israelis who lack only means and access.


Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his personal support and matching funds to this pioneering endeavor. Our pilot year was a big success, and now we’re doubling in size!

For 42 years, ISEF has been a leader in developing Israel’s single most precious natural resource – the minds of its young people. ISEF doesn’t merely educate – it empowers. 98% of our scholars overcome the barriers and get their degrees, and thousands of ISEF grads are leaders and role models for Israel’s immigrant populations.