Former IDF Soldier Graduates Law School with the Sponsorship of Debby and Sam Bettsak of Atlanta

Sponsorship was through Friends of the IDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program

Atlanta, GA, July 17, 2013 – Avihai Vidoren, 29, a former IDF soldier who served in Sachlav, a military police unit, graduated this month from The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel with a law degree thanks to the generous sponsorship of Debby Bettsak, a Friends of the IDF (FIDF), Atlanta Chapter Board Member, and her husband Sam Bettsak. The sponsorship was given through the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program.

The IMPACT! Program provides former combat soldiers, who have completed their service in the IDF but cannot afford the cost of higher education, with scholarships to further their education and pursue the next chapter in their lives. After serving their country and risking their lives on the frontlines, IMPACT! helps soldiers reach their fullest potential so they can pursue their goals and continue to give back to the community in Israel. The program requires all scholarship recipients to complete 130 hours of community service for every year of their scholarship.

The Bettsaks have established a deep connection with Avihai’s family that transcends funding his education. They visit each other often, keep in touch weekly, and have formed a long-lasting friendship.

“In America, we take for granted that we can easily go to college. Many soldiers, who fight for the State of Israel and our ability to live comfortably in the Diaspora, do not have the same luxury,” said Debby. “To be able to help someone who has given three years to the IDF achieve their goals is incredibly meaningful and satisfying.”

After serving his country as a soldier, Avihai wanted to make a difference in the world by becoming a lawyer. But his financial circumstances made that goal impossible.

He was fortunate to be chosen as an IMPACT! recipient and graduated from law school in June 2013. “I want to thank the Bettsaks and the FIDF for the opportunities they’ve given me. Now I have a law degree and I can support my family and myself with dignity,” said Avihai. “IMPACT! gave me the opportunity to volunteer during my education and I will continue to give back to my community. Not only did I gain a degree, but I gained another family through Debby and Sam. I am incredibly blessed.”

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