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Scholarship & Emerging Leader Awards?

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About Our Awards

The Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. provides annual Scholarship & Emerging Leader Awards for deserving recipients in Burlington, Camden, & Gloucester Counties in Southern New Jersey. 

 

These awards have been created by generous individuals, families, and/or organizations who had the foresight and dedication to help others achieve their educational or career goals. To do so, they utilized the services of the JCF to establish endowment funds that generate monetary awards every year for generations on end.

 

A volunteer committee reviews the applications to determine which applicant(s) best exemplify each available award.

All awards are for one year. Award winners may reapply if interested and if they still qualify. 

  

What Types of Awards Does the JCF Provide?

The JCF offers two broad categories of awards:

Scholarship Awards: Individuals in high school and college may apply to as many scholarship awards as they may qualify for, in order to receive financial assistance to further their educational endeavors

Emerging Leader Awards: Rabbis, agency directors, and other community leaders may nominate an individual to receive an emerging leader award to provide financial assistance towards personal/professional development

"Great! How Do I Get Started?"

 

Below are the steps to take to apply. For any further assistance, please contact the JCF at 856-673-2528.

1. Application & Nomination Forms: Please see below for "Key Documents" needed to apply for a Scholarship Award or to nominate an Emerging Leader. These documents must be completed in full and be submitted with any appropriate accompanying documentation. 

2. Deadline to Apply/Nominate: All applications and nominations must be submitted before the deadline, which will be announced in December of 2019. 

3. Reviewing Award Criteria: Before applying, review the criteria for each award, listed below, to find the award(s) for which you are best qualified, or for which you wish to nominate a candidate. 

 

4. How to Submit Your Application/Nomination: We ask that applications/nominations be submitted via email to infojcf@jfedsnj.org. Alternatively, we recognize that mailing all or part of an application (transcripts, for example) may be necessary, and may be sent to:

JCF, Inc.

Attn: Scholarship Committee

1301 Springdale Rd., Suite 200

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Key Documents

Click on the following links to download the necessary documents for the JCF Scholarship & Emerging Leader Awards process:

Scholarship Award Application 

(this includes financial application, for applicants who need to fill it out, depending on award requirements)

Nomination Award Application

Please review the following descriptions of all available JCF Scholarship Awards.

Each applicant may apply to any award for which he or she is qualified.

Thank you and best of luck!

Apply for JCF Scholarship Awards

 
Part 1A: Scholarship Awards for Educational Financial Assistance

About

The Patrice Faye Cohen Memorial Endowment Fund Scholarship Award was established to benefit graduating high school women, who will be enrolled in a college or university, and plan to study entrepreneurship and/or aim to continue entrepreneurial ventures.

 

The fund is in memory of Patrice Faye Cohen, a successful business owner for over 25 years, who had a passion for entrepreneurship and in seeing other women succeed as entrepreneurs.

Requirements

  • The Patrice Faye Cohen Memorial Scholarship Award essay contest is open to high school women in their senior year.

  • The funds may be used by the award winner(s) towards college tuition expenses.

  • The award winner(s) will be asked to submit invoices, college tuition bills, or other documentation relating to the award, before funds are disbursed.

How to Apply

  • Scholarship Award Application

  • Two letters of recommendation from source other than a family member

  • Personal essay: 2-3 pages, double spaced in 12-point font and be labeled at the top with your name, age, and high school. The essay topic is described below.

  • Content, style, and attention to spelling and grammar are all important elements.

  • Any outside sources quoted should be properly cited.

  • Essay Topic: What interests you about entrepreneurship? What qualities make you an entrepreneurial person? Please describe an entrepreneurial venture that you have undertaken, as well as how entrepreneurship fits into your future.

Patrice Faye Cohen Memorial Scholarship Award Endowment Fund

Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126 Jewish War Veterans Post Scholarship Fund

How to Apply

Requirements

  • The JWV Scholarship Committee shall determine the recipient of the award based upon the following criteria listed in order of priority:

    • Grade Point Average

    • Community service

    • Special acts of honors

    • Military service

    • Other extraordinary need

  • Award period is one year 

  • Any applicant may apply annually, for the duration of their studies.  

  • The award is limited to tuition, books and room and board

About

The Jewish War Veterans Post 126 Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to children or grandchildren of current or deceased members of the JWV Post 126 (or Posts that have merged with JWV Post 126), who have been in good standing for at least two years.  

 

Assistance will be based upon merit for students accepted or who will be enrolled in a college or university or a school specializing in non-college career education such as vocational, technical, business, or the arts that may include visual, performing, literary, and culinary, but not including graduate or higher level degrees.

I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE

About

The Valerie Gladfelter Scholarship Award is for Jewish girls and women residing in Burlington, Camden or Gloucester Counties who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program.

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 3.2 minimum grade point average

  • Award period is one year 

  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply       

  • Scholarship may be used for tuition, books, room and board

How to Apply

  • Scholarship Award Application

  • Most recent official transcript with GPA and SAT scores

  • Personal statement describing your involvement in the Jewish community, extracurricular activities, honors and awards

  • Two letters of recommendation from source other than a family member

Valerie Gladfelter Scholarship Award

About

The Robert L. Schattner Scholarship is for Jewish students residing in Burlington, Camden or Gloucester Counties who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program.

 

Priority will be given to students pursuing degree programs in a health or business related field. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 minimum grade point average

  • Include all extra-curricular activities applicant is involved with including: participation in religious, civic and/or community organizations, athletics, and/or employment experience

  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need

  • Parent or Guardian must complete the Scholarship Financial Application

  • Award period is one year 

  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply   

  • Scholarship may be used for tuition and books or room and board

How to Apply

  • Scholarship Award Application

  • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application)

  • Resume including CGPA and SAT scores

  • Transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

Robert L. Schattner Scholarship Fund
 

About

The Seymour Siegel Youth Achievement Award provides an annual award(s) to high school boys and girls accepted or who will be enrolled in a college or university or a school specializing in non-college career education such as vocational, technical, business, or the arts that may include visual, performing, literary, and culinary.

Requirements

  • Exclusive consideration shall be given to an applicant(s) that are orphans, foster children, or being raised in single parent households.

  • The applicant shall be of the Jewish faith.

  • The applicant must submit a personal narrative, explained at right in the "How to Apply" section

How to Apply

  • The applicant must submit, in a narrative format, what challenges, difficulties, or failures the applicant has faced during his or her lifetime and how he or she has coped with these. The narrative should identify the qualities that have enabled the applicant to rise above these circumstances. The difficulties may include but are not limited to a loss of a parent(s), close relative(s), home or job, or academic failure.

  • The applicant must also describe in narrative format areas that demonstrate outstanding achievement such as being a mentor to other youth, or excelling in academia, the arts, sports, or extracurricular activities, or demonstrating youth leadership in a religious-based organization or in a volunteer capacity at school or in the greater community.

  • The applicant must complete a Scholarship Award Application 

  • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application).

Seymour Siegel Youth Achievement Award

About

The Mildred Soefer Scholarship Endowment Fund Award is for Jewish students residing in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester Counties  who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program.

 

Priority will be given to students applying to or attending local New Jersey colleges and universities. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 minimum grade point average

  • Include all extra-curricular activities applicant is involved with including: participation in religious, civic and/or community organizations, athletics, and/or employment experience

  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need

  • Award period is one year 

  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply

  • Scholarship may be used for tuition, books, room and board

  • Parent or Guardian must complete the Scholarship Financial Application

How to Apply

    • Scholarship Award Application

    • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application)

    • Resume including CGPA and SAT scores

    • Transcripts

    • Two letters of recommendation

    • Applicants may also be asked to participate in an interview

Mildred Soefer Scholarship Fund Award
Part 1B: Scholarship Awards for Israel Experience and Technology Expenses

About

Established by the South Jersey Hebrew Association, this endowment fund was created to provide financial assistance for awardees who will attend any college or university related program in Israel, or any recognized summer programs to Israel, or for study in Israel in any recognized school or yeshiva. 

Requirements

  • The Freda and Sam Yacker essay contest is open to Jewish students 18-25 years of age who live in Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington Counties.

  • The topic to address for this year's essay is:

Israel is now known as the World’s Innovation Nation, how do you see

yourself innovating and being a part of the Israeli entrepreneurial spirit?

  • Preference will be given to individuals whose Israel education will begin after June 30th of the current year. Exceptions will be considered.

How to Apply

  • Essays should be 2-5 pages, double spaced in 12-point font and be labeled at the top with your name, age, synagogue membership (if any), name and date of summer experience, and the name and address of the organization that is sponsoring the experience

  • Content, style, and attention to spelling and grammar are all important elements

  • Do not include identifying details about your synagogue, school, rabbi, name or family members in the body of your essay

  • Any outside sources quoted should be properly cited

  • All participants must also complete a Scholarship Award Application. Essays will be judged by a panel of experts from the local Jewish community

Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award

About

The Leonard Jay Hirschfeld Memorial Endowment Fund award will be presented to a graduating high school student residing in Burlington, Camden or Gloucester Counties to purchase a laptop computer, software or training in the computer sciences.  

 

Students must demonstrate leadership abilities and have submitted four letters of recommendation from teachers, school administrators, spiritual leader, or others who can attest to the student’s skills and achievements.

Requirements

  • The award is open to all high school students residing in Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington Counties

  • Students must demonstrate leadership abilities

  • The funds may be used by the award winner to purchase software or hardware, course work or training in the computer sciences

How to Apply

  • Students must submit a Scholarship Award Application

  • Four letters of recommendation must be submitted from teachers, school administrators, spiritual leader, or others who can attest to the student’s skills and achievements

  • The award winner will be asked to submit invoices, college tuition bills or other documentation relating to the award before funds are disbursed

  • A panel of experts will review all recommendations

Leonard Jay Hirschfeld Memorial Endowment Fund
 

Nominate an

Emerging Leader

Rabbis, directors, and other community leaders may nominate an individual to earn

a financial award for personal/professional development 

Part 2: Nomination Awards for Emerging Leaders
Benjamin Asbell Youth Upsilon Lambda Phi Fraternity Award
Benjamin Asbell Youth Upsilon Lambda Phi Fraternity Award
Helen & Harry Pinsky Award for Outstanding Professional Leadership

About

 

The Benjamin Asbell Youth Award seeks to recognize a Jewish boy or girl of high school age who is a member of a congregation or other Jewish institutional youth group and who demonstrates exemplary leadership, serves as a role model and impacts the community in a way that strengthens the Jewish identification of his or her peers.  

 

The objective of granting the award is to encourage youth to assume a responsible role in Jewish communal life and to make a life long commitment to the continuity of the Jewish people.

Requirements

  • Open to all 9th through 12th graders who are members of a recognized Jewish congregational or institutional youth group.

  • The award will be upon the following criteria:

Leadership:  Demonstrates initiative, creativity, drive, consistency, integrity, service, role model

Jewish Identity:  Jewish knowledge and learning, Jewish practice

Impact:  Contributes toward others’ Jewish identification and involvement

  • Awardees may apply the award towards youth group activities, conferences, summer camp, or a trip to Israel. The award is not based on financial need, but rather leadership in the Jewish community.

  • A panel including the President of the JCF, a representative from ULPS and the Chairpeople of the JCF Scholarship Committee will review nomination essays for the Ben Asbell Youth Award and select the award winner.

How to Nominate

  • Nomination essays must be signed by the youth group adviser, director or Rabbi on official letterhead

  • All nominators must also complete a Nomination Award Application. Nomination essays will be judged by a panel of experts from the local Jewish community

About

 

The Pinsky Award is designed to recognize an emerging professional associated with the Jewish community.  

 

The award is intended to provide the residents of Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington counties the opportunity to develop and enhance leadership skills for their professional involvement.  

 

Recognizing that committed individuals are key to the community’s growth and development, it is imperative that leadership is recognized and encouraged to attend seminars and conferences that will enhance their ability to be effective leaders.

Requirements

  • Open to community professionals 23 years old and older

  • The award will be based upon the following criteria:

Leadership:  Exhibits creativity, consistency, integrity, service

Jewish Identity:  Jewish knowledge and learning, Jewish practice

Impact:  Contributes toward others’ Jewish identification and involvement

Professionalism:  Demonstrates initiative, drive and serves as a role model to others

How to Nominate

  • Nominations must be on official letterhead from an individual’s supervisor, agency administrator, executive director, Rabbi, or organization’s lay leaders on official letterhead of said organization or agency.

  • The JCF Scholarship Committee will review nominations for the Pinsky Award and select the award winner.

  • Please also complete the Nomination Award Application when submitting nominations.

Helen & Harry Pinsky Award for Outstanding Professional Leadership

About

 

The Schreibstein Award is designed to recognize an emerging volunteer or professional associated with the Jewish community. 

 

The award is intended to provide the residents of Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington counties the opportunity to develop and enhance leadership skills for their volunteer or professional involvement. 

 

Recognizing that committed individuals are key to the community’s growth and development, it is imperative that leadership is recognized and encouraged to attend seminars and conferences that will enhance their ability to be effective leaders.

Requirements

  • Open to community volunteers and professionals 23 years old and older

  • The award will be based upon the following criteria:

Leadership:  Demonstrates initiative, creativity, drive, consistency, integrity, service, role model

Jewish Identity:  Jewish knowledge and learning, Jewish practice

Impact:  Contributes toward others’ Jewish identification and involvement

How to Nominate

  • Nominations must be on official letterhead from an individual, agency executive or Rabbi

  • A panel including the President of the JCF, a representative from the Schreibstein Endowment Fund and the Chairmen of the JCF Grants and Distributions Committee will review nominations for the Emerging Leadership Award and select the award winner.

  • The award shall be granted at a public assembly such as the JCF’s Annual Dinner by the JCF President or Executive Director

  • Please also complete the Nomination Award Application when submitting nominations.

Schreibstein Award for Emerging Community Leadership