On Feb. 22, two Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from Virginia, Ilana and Gary Gamerman, participated in the 2019 Tel Aviv Marathon together with Gabriel Traub. Traub, whose education FIDF sponsored through the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, met and bonded with the Gamermans during an FIDF event in Washington, D.C. Traub studied law at the IDC University in Herzliya, Israel, and served as a combat fighter and paramedic in the IDF Paratroopers.
Since its founding 17 years ago, the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program has provided some 17,000 four-year financial need-based scholarships for deserving IDF combat veterans, including 4,580 students at over 80 institutions throughout Israel during the 2018-2019 academic year.