The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Awards $63,000 in College Scholarships; Twenty area students received scholarships to pursue undergraduate studies

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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Awards $63,000 in College Scholarships

Twenty area students received scholarships to pursue undergraduate studies.

 

(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) recently awarded $63,000 to 20 students from the Sarasota and Manatee region. All recipients are pursuing full-time undergraduate studies at universities, colleges or community colleges, have a strong academic record, and demonstrated financial need and a commitment to religious and community service involvement.

Award recipients and their families were welcomed at a reception on the JFSM campus on May 25, where scholarship fund-holders were able to meet and present certificates to recipients of their respective scholarships. At the ceremony, area philanthropist, Betty Schoenbaum, who is the donor for two JFSM scholarships, recognized how important these scholarships are to their recipients. “I realize that college costs a lot of money and many families have multiple children, making it difficult to manage finances,” she said. “These scholarships help those families and honor well-rounded students.” Sandra Malamud, a member of JFSM’s Education Scholarship Committee said these scholarships, “help connect young people to our Federation and build a lasting bond between them and the Jewish community.”

Erica Brown, recipient of the Jacqueline Siegel-Frascella Scholarship, the Belle and Herman B. Behrenfeld Scholarship, and the Meyer Sarkin Scholarship, spoke about her connection with the Jewish community. “I was a participant in the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors program, a member of the Shapiro Teen Engagement Program as well as a regional board member of BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization),” she said. “Through our local Federation I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many new friends. It’s like a second home to me.”

Not only does The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee provide scholarships for Jewish youth, it also offers interfaith scholarships. Nikolas Mansour, recipient of one of the Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarships, said: “It’s important to be open to multiple faiths and to respect people from all cultures and backgrounds.”

“Helping young people reach their educational goals is paramount to our mission,” says Howard Tevlowitz, JFSM’s executive director, who explains that JFSM has awarded more than $500,000 in college scholarships in the past 10 years. “We’re grateful to the generous donors who endow their legacy gifts for scholarships funds so that, year after year, students can pursue their dreams at an institution of higher learning. Many of the young people who received scholarships have found ways to give back to their Jewish community, exemplifying the tradition of “L’dor V’dor,” or passing good along from generation to generation.”

 

The 2016 recipients of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

Education Scholarships are:

 

Amanda Russo

Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

Betty Schoenbaum Scholarship

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

 

Sydney Austin

Ned and Janet Sinder Scholarship Trust – 1st year

Edith Becker Lilienfeld Scholarship

Helen A. and Newton H. Sobin Scholarship

 

Justin Bodfield

B’nai B’rith Gulf Coast Lodge #2004 Scholarship

 

Erica Brown

Jacqueline Siegel-Frascella Scholarship

Belle and Herman B. Behrenfeld Scholarship

Meyer Sarkin Scholarship

 

Alina Chevtsov

Ronald and Geri Yonover Scholarship

Sam and Sally Shapiro Philanthropic Fund

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship

 

Talia Daniel

Jerome and Ruth Kapner Scholarship

Ruth and David Gorton Scholarship

 

Valerie Daniel

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship

Marjorie and Earl Sharff Scholarship

Selma and Sydney Flanzbaum Scholarship

 

Haley Dennis

Ned and Janet Sinder Scholarship Trust – 2nd year

 

Roxanne Felig

Betty Schoenbaum Scholarship

Dr. Nelson and Marjorie Newmark Scholarship

 

Crystal Greenberg

B’nai B’rith Gulf Coast Lodge #2004 Scholarship

 

Jessie Greenberg

Ned and Janet Sinder Scholarship Trust – 2nd year

 

Dylan Kona

Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

 

Robert Kramer

Grace and Sam Gorlitz Scholarship

 

Nikolas Mansour

Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

 

Haven Miller

B’nai B’rith Gulf Coast Lodge #2004 Scholarship

 

Rachael Pearson

Herbert Angel Scholarship

Amanda Russo Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

Betty Schoenbaum Scholarship

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship

 

Maxwell Strauss

Bernard Isaacs Family Scholarship

The Ronald and Geri Yonover Scholarship

Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

 

Liv Tishman

Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

Betty Schoenbaum Scholarship

Schoenbaum Family Scholarship

 

Kelsy Upton

Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship

 

Alexandra Zirkle

Ned and Janet Sinder Scholarship Trust – 2nd year

 

Photo caption: Front (left to right): Jerry Strauss (accepting award for Maxwell Strauss); Robin Leonardi (accepting award for Roxanne Felig); Jessie Greenberg; Fund Holder Jacqueline Siegel-Frascella; Kelly Upton; Fund Holder Betty Schoenbaum; Fund Holder Sandra Malamud; Sydney Austin; Rena Greenberg (accepting award for Crystal Greenberg); Education Scholarship Committee member Vivian Lane; Julie Daniel (accepting awards for Talia and Valerie Daniel); Robert Kramer; Fund Holder Bill Behrenfeld. Back (left to right): Dylan Kona, unknown, Nikolas Mansour, Erica Brown, Amanda Russo, Haven Miller, Rachael Pearson, Haley Dennis, unknown.

 

 

About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen Jewish life and identity in the Sarasota-Manatee community, provide for Jewish people in need, and to promote support for Israel. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.

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