Scholarships for the entering class of 2015

For consideration, applicants must have sent a completed application for admission (with transcripts, MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation) to the NY Admissions Office for receipt by February 1st, 2015.

Would you like to support the MSIH and our students who are studying to advance Global Health? If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution that will provide scholarships and educational support to the Medical School for International Health, please contact the NY office, at 212-305-9587 or via email at, or click this link to be directed to the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University's donation page.  You can designate your gift to the MSIH Scholarship Fund.

For information about the extraordinary MSIH students who have been selected for scholarships, click on the student’s name to see an overview of their educational backgrounds and aspirations to advance global health.


2014 Scholarship Fund awardees
A wide range of partial scholarships and stipends were awarded to members of the entering class of 2014. Scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated interest in a medical career in global health. Highlights include:

Luisa Bonilla Hernandez is the recipient of a four-year, half-tuition scholarship. She holds a master's degree in Global Health from McMaster University in Canada. Luisa is a citizen of Colombia, and now resides in Canada. Her global health experience includes work on a sustainability project with Students Rebuilding Health in Rwanda, a student interest group at Western University. In addition, Luisa has worked on projects in India, Guatemala, Columbia and Ghana.

Eva-Chava Bernfeld, who holds dual citizenship in the Netherlands and Israel, was awarded a four-year, one-quarter tuition scholarship. Eva, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology, volunteered in Israel at Hadassah University hospital in Jerusalem, working in the outpatient facility as a nurse assistant. After that she conducted research with the CBG-MEB in the Netherlands, analyzing the prevalence of immungenicity in test animal that were administered various biological drugs.

Maia Reiley is one of several students offered a significant, four-year stipend. Maia holds a master's degree in Nutrition from Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition. Maia graduated from New York University with an undergraduate degree in French Language Studies. She used her language skills while she volunteered with the African Services Committee. She developed educational presentations in English and French, and translated documents for patients. The ASC provides counseling and support to African immigrants living in New York.


2013 Scholarship Fund Awardees include:

Kristie Hadley, a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, who was awarded a four-year scholarship for her extensive global health experience while working in Guatemala as a translator for the Pop Wuj community clinic. Ms. Hadley, who was an Ignatian scholar at Loyola, holds a degree in Sociology with a minor in both Women’s Studies and Pre-medical studies. 


(Elizabeth) Joy Wiser, MPH, received her undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and was awarded a four-year, quarter tuition scholarship for her volunteer activities working with children and teens in Zambia and Kenya.  Joy pursued a master's of public health at the University of Toledo, Ohio prior to matriculating at the MSIH.


Elon Richman, a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Neuroscience, is another of the four recipients of a four year, quarter tuition scholarship.  Mr. Richman worked in Honduras at Clinica Esperanza and spent nearly six months travelling through Asia; he ended up in India, volunteering at the utopian village Auroville, and it was in there that he realized his desire to study global health. Elon is also the August blogger of the month for the MSIH’s first year blog,, where first year medical students at the MSIH share their thoughts as they study medicine and global health in Israel.


Esther (Young Ju) Lee, a graduate of Houghton College with a degree in Biology, was awarded a four-year, quarter tuition scholarship. Esther, who was born in South Korea, is the daughter of missionary parents who worked in several parts of the United States before moving to the Philippines.  She has very extensive experience working with medically underserved populations, volunteering through Reach International Healthcare and Training as a surgical assistant.  She is also an Emergency Medical Technician, and spent the last two years of college volunteering with the Allegany County Volunteer Fire Department.


Reva Frankel was awarded a four-year, quarter tuition scholarship for her wide-range of community service and global health volunteer activities, which include her work with the Jewish Disaster Response Corps, assisting victims of two devastating tornados in Yazoo, Mississippi, and with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), where she worked in a clinic in Costa Rica.  She is a graduate of New York University.


In addition to four-year tuition scholarships, four students were awarded one-time stipends to assist with tuition and fees. They are Aaron Dobie, a Geography major from the University of California at Berkeley, Jennifer Lee, a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Biological Sciences, Eric Tsu, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Neurobiology, and Joshua Kugler, an Economics major from the University of Rochester.


MSIH Scholarship Fund Awardees

2012           Jonathan Ditty

                     Zach Morrison

The Tauber Family & The Medical School for International Health Scholarship Awardees      
2010            Irene Koplinka-Loehr
                     Isaac Hatton
                     Bram Wispelwey

Tauber Family Scholarship Awardees
2009            Thomas Betjeman

2008            Rachel Dunham
                     Shelly Theobald

2007            Hugh Kent
                     Ayesha Venkateswaran

2006            Sachin Singh
                     Melissa Baucum Sutton

2005            Heidi Whitaker

                     Sung Heung Yoo

Donors to the Medical School for International Health's scholarship fund include the following:

Goldman Family Foundation

The Tauber Family
The Skirball Foundation


Other scholarship opportunities include:

The Fine Family scholarship, which is awarded to two medical students each year, and managed by the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  To apply, email for more information. You must apply for this scholarship two months before matriculation; deadline is May 20, 2014.


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has an Academic Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to post-graduate students with a financial need who are studying medicine.  To apply, click this link:  For questions, email Their deadline to apply is February 1, 2015.


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