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EDUCATION: Scholarships Available

SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 academic year.  For the first time, applications are being accepted online. The application, instructions and a screen print of the form can all be accessed from JEF’s website at jfwma.giftlegacy.com. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 12.
Students completing the JEF Common Fund application will be considered for the following scholarships:

Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship Funds
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Springfield Section established its first scholarship fund in 1943. In 1992, the Springfield Council of Jewish Women transferred their funds to the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The program has grown to include more than 30 named funds. In addition to the funds begun by the NCJW, this committee oversees the distribution of awards from the Edna Frankel Memorial Fund and the Jonas and Ann Heit Foundation. Scholarships are available to all qualified students regardless of race, religion or gender who reside in Springfield, East Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Agawam or West Springfield.

Blanche Alport Memorial Scholarship Fund for Judaic Studies
Libby Behar and family established this fund in memory of her sister for college students studying in Israel. Preference is given to students attending Hebrew University.

Lloyd Bardach B’nai B’rith Scholarship Fund
Transferred to the Jewish Endowment Foundation from the local B’nai B’rith Chapter, the fund was established to provide college scholarships to local Jewish students. Applications will be accepted from any Jewish resident of the greater Springfield community.

Cantor Kalman Chaitovsky Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by the friends and family of the Chaitovskys, scholarships are awarded to students continuing their Jewish education in secondary schools and undergraduate studies.

Maurice Kurn Memorial Fund
Originally established as the Maurice Kurn Foundation of the Jewish Community Center Council in 1965, this fund was transferred to the Jewish Endowment Foundation to primarily support individuals seeking advanced degrees in the field of Jewish communal service. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated interest and/or commitment to serving the Jewish community in Springfield and the surrounding communities.

Jeffrey A. Parish Fund for Study in Israel
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parish established this fund in memory of their son, Jeffrey A. Parish. The fund is available for undergraduate or graduate study in Israel, with preference given to graduate students. Applicants must live in the Pioneer Valley. Awards are based on potential for future Jewish leadership, academic achievement and need.

Aaron Posnik Family Fund
This fund was established by the Posnik grandchildren to provide college scholarships to local Jewish students in the greater Springfield community who demonstrate excellence and achievement in athletics. Applications for advanced degrees will be considered if an award recipient is not selected from an undergraduate program.

For more information on any of these scholarships, contact Michelle Lancto, Jewish Endowment Foundation at (413) 732-9994 or mlancto@jewishwesternmass.org. The Jewish Endowment Foundation is a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

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