One of the oldest scholarship committees in Springfield, the SCJW made its first award in 1943. Since that time close to $2 million in scholarship aid has been awarded to students regardless of race, religion or national origin on a basis of financial need and academic achievement.
The 45 award recipients, all residents of Springfield, Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Agawam, Feeding Hills and Indian Orchard, were honored at the Eleanore A. Dunn Memorial Scholarship Breakfast, held at the Springfield Jewish Community Center on June 9th. The breakfast was named in honor of Eleanore A. Dunn, past treasurer and longtime member of the committee whose father, Moses Asinof, originated the scholarships with an award of $200 in memory of his wife Pauline Asinof. The scholarship pool now consists of 27 permanent funds, as well as some annually funded awards. Also present at the breakfast were several members of the SCJW committee, as well as representatives of the families who established the scholarship funds, including Joan Dunn Hendrickson (Eleanore’s daughter) and Jane Webber Shernow, whose mother, Ruth Webber, was a past president of the Springfield Council of Jewish Women and was instrumental in partnering with the Jewish Endowment Foundation in 1992.
“It is inspiring to see and hear from the students receiving these well-deserved scholarships,” said Scott Kaplan, director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation.
The SCJW Scholarship Funds is one of two pools of funds that provide scholarships to students. The JEF Common Fund provides scholarships for college and Israel travel to Jewish students living within the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ service area. To support or learn more about JEF scholarship programs, visit www.jefwesternmass.org or call Michelle Lancto at 413-732-9994. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jewish Endowment Foundation is a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.