BBUK Provides Scholarships For Jewish Engineering Undergraduates

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To make an application simply download, complete the form and send it to the address provided.

Information for Intending Applicants

  • Awards worth between £1000 and £2,500 are offered to applicants who intend to take a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at a UK university and can demonstrate outstanding academic credentials, acute financial need and a clear financial plan.
  • Preference is given to academic courses at highly rated institutions.
  • Preference is given to Final Year undergraduates in Civil Engineering courses, or failing that to final year undergraduates in any branch of the Sciences, and to any year of Post Graduate study in the Sciences.
  • The decision of the Grant judges is final.

Background To The Award Scheme

In 1993, Max Rothschild wrote from his home in Bath to the B’nai B’rith office in London telling his story of how, during the 1930’s in Czechoslovakia, his father, Treasurer of B’nai B’rith in the small Bohemian spa of Teplice, had died at an early age, leaving the family virtually penniless.  To help him continue his studies in Prague, B’nai B’rith had assisted him financially and thanks to their help, he had been able to stay at College and qualify in his engineering studies. He concluded his letter memorably ‘I am now in a position to repay this kindness’

In 1939, Max Rothschild, seeing how events were unfolding in Czechoslovakia, escaped from his homeland to Poland and eventually made his way to England. There he made his home and became a Chief Engineer with a major building contractor.

B’nai B’rith fulfilled his wish to set up a Scholarship scheme, which was created in 1994 to help Jewish students, thereby repaying his strongly felt obligation many times over and for years to come. Charity comes in many forms, but there cannot be many instances where a recipient of charity not only does not forget the help he received 60 years previously, but seeks to repay the gift in such a generous fashion.

Max Rothschild died in January 2005 at the age of 94. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were subsequently interred in the family plot in the Jewish cemetery in his home town of Teplice, in the Czech Republic.

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