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Springfield Council of Jewish Women scholarships awarded to deserving students

Student recipients of scholarships from the Springfield Council of Jewish Women (SCJW) Scholarship Funds of the Jewish Endowment Foundation for the 2017-2018 academic year.

SPRINGFIELD — On June 7, 59 students were honored at the Eleanore A. Dunn Memorial Scholarship Breakfast. The event with about 100 in attendance was held in the Goldstein Auditorium of the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

The students were all recipients of scholarships from the Springfield Council of Jewish Women (SCJW) Scholarship Funds of the Jewish Endowment Foundation, part of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Awards are made each year to individuals who are working towards an undergraduate degree and live in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Springfield, West Springfield or Wilbraham. Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Awards are renewable; 29 of this year’s recipients are renewal students.

Joanne Heit Bertrand — who along with her sister Betsey Heit Gaberman established the Jonas B. & Anne R. Heit Foundation Fund – congratulating a scholarship recipient.

The SCJW scholarships originated in 1943 with the Springfield Council of Jewish Women with a single $200 award made in memory of Pauline Asinof to a young woman attending Smith College. In 1992 the scholarship funds were moved to the Jewish Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation. At the time, they totaled $253,800. Presently, there are 29 funds totaling over $1.3M providing over $40,000 a year in scholarships. Since 1943, more than $2 million has been awarded to local area students regardless of race, religion or gender; $52,000 was awarded this year.

Many of the funds were established in memory of members of the Katz, Kittredge and Webber families. The Bertha B. Kittredge, Alfred H. Webber, Ralph G. Webber Scholarship Fund is the largest of the SCJW funds and provides more than $9,000 a year in scholarships. A fund named for past SCJW president Ruth Webber provides an additional $3,000 annually. Ruth’s daughters, Meg Steinberg and Jane Webber Shernow, both attended the breakfast. “Mom would be so pleased,” Jane said as she looked at the crowd assembled to celebrate the award recipients. “The scholarship committee was such a big part of her.”

A young scholarship recipient enjoying the scholarship breakfast.

The breakfast is named for Eleanore Asinof Dunn, the daughter of Pauline Asinof and a longtime member of the scholarship committee. Eleanore’s daughter continues to represent the family on the committee.

The Jewish Endowment Foundation is the planned giving department of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts with approximately 1,100 funds, including donor-advised funds, donor-restricted, agency, and unrestricted funds totaling more than $40 million.

For more information about funds or the Foundation, email or call (413) 732-9994.

CAP: Members of SCJW.

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