Barzilai Foundation Apprenticeship Program

As part the Teenz-N-Tech program, the Barzilai Foundation has teamed up with BigHope to create the Barzilai Apprenticeship Program to reward students who are positive contributors in their community, and on track for successfully completing their high-school education and qualifying for higher education studies.

The apprenticeship program's ultimate objective is to facilitate the entry of high school students from underserved communities into higher education, providing them with increased opportunities for the future.

The Barzilai Apprenticeship Program will create a specialized apprenticeship role within Teens-N-Tech program that will aim to both incentivize positive behaviours toward that objective as well as provide for future education funding.

For selected applicants, the program will offer a $5 per hour increase on wages for work done through the Teenz-N-Tech program (up to 6 hours per week) and for students who maintain consistent participation, the program will award a $500 bursary for future higher educational expenses each quarter.

Participation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Current academic year GPA – minimum requirement of 3.0 at time of application and to be maintained during participation in program.
  • Current academic year school attendance of at least 80% and to be maintained above 80% during participation in program (if extenuating circumstance apply please contact BigHope team).
  • Online public profile that does not contradict with the principles of BigHope or Barzilai Foundation Trust, or being an upstanding community member.

For the remainder of the 2023-2024 academic year, up to 15 participants will be selected. Participants who are selected will have the opportunity to continue their participation through the summer months (without re-applying).

Bursary Component:

For participating students, at the end of each calendar quarter, program administrators will evaluate their eligibility to receive a $500 higher education bursary for qualifying educational programs per the following terms and criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Students must be actively participating in BigHope’s existing apprenticeship program Teenz-N-Tech, and be referred by BigHope administration.
  • Student must provide services as part of the apprenticeship program for a minimum of 8 weeks during the calendar quarter (for the 1st quarter of 2024 only 5 weeks are required).
  • Student must provide a minimum of 40 hours of services during the calendar quarter (for the 1st quarter of 2024 only 22 hours are required).
  • Student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and 80% class attendance (if a student falls below either marker the program administrators will work with them on requirements to be reinstated into program).
Eligible Educational Programs:

The Bursary Program is intended to give students access to higher education that will directly enable their ability to obtain careers that will enable financial stability. The below list of eligible institutions is not exhaustive. BigHope and Barzilai Foundation will work together to create a more extensive list and make that available to participants. If a student would like a specific educational institution and/or academic program added to this list they can request the program be evaluated for inclusion. Evaluation of new programs requires a minimum of 30 days to complete and addition of new institutions and/or academic programs is at the sole discretion of the Barzilai Foundation.

Educational Institutions and Academic Programs:

  • Universities: All University of Texas System state universities, all AAU member universities, all state system four-year universities with tuition reciprocity agreements for Texas students;
  • Degree Programs: programs in computer science, engineering, accounting, teaching, architecture, environment sciences, information and data management, nursing, medicine, law, pharmacy, nutrition;
  • Vocational programs provide by the Dallas School Systems including Architecture, Automotive, Aviation, Construction and Carpentry, Cybersecurity, Dental Assistant, Electrical and Solar, EMT, HVAC and Refrigeration, Mechatronics, Patient, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy and EKG, Plumbing, Patient Care, Software Development, Welding;

Disbursement of Bursaries:

  • Bursary awards will be distributed at the time of enrollment and attendance in eligible higher eudcation program.
  • Bursary disbursements by default will be allocated equally over the standard duration of the enrolled program, (e.g. a student who earned $4,000 in bursary credits would receive $1,000 per year while enrolled in a four-year higher education degree program). Minimum disbursement will be $500 per year.