Applications for travel in 2020 will open in December 2019.
Four St. Louis high school students will be awarded $1,250 each from the Stuart I. Pessin Scholarship fund for travel to Israel in 2018. Candidates will be considered on the basis of a combination of academic and personal achievement.
Stuart I. Pessin Teen Israel Grant Application
Candidates will be considered on the basis of a combination of academic and personal achievement.
Please submit this completed application along with:
- A personal statement answering the question: Given that many students share common experiences, what sets you apart and is unique about your interests and passions?
- A resume detailing extracurricular activities both in the Jewish community and the community at large, awards, honors, skills and talents.
2019 Stuart I. Pessin Award Winners
Jewish Federation of St. Louis is please to announce the 2019 recipients of the Stuart I. Pessin Award: Jonah Boyer, Emma Cantor, Amit Harir, and Kobi Recht!
The awards, which are allocated from the Stuart I. Pessin Scholarship Fund, compliment the existing Israel grant program funded by Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The merit-based award provides a means for select high school students to receive community funds by demonstrating their commitment to Judaism and the St. Louis Jewish community.
Jonah Boyer is a junior at Whitfield High School and a member of B’nai Amoona. He is involved in USY, JCRC’s Student to Student program, and is on his school’s varsity baseball and soccer team. This summer, Jonah will be traveling to Poland and Israel on Ramah Israel Seminar.
Emma Cantor is a junior at Parkway Central High School and a member of B’nai Amoona. She is a student council delegate, participates in several school sponsored Safe and Drug Free programs, and participates in JCRC’s Student to Student program. Emma will be participating on the NCSY TJJ Israel experience this summer.
Amit Harir is a senior at Lafayette High School and a member of B’nai Amoona. He is a counselor with the Israeli Scouts, participates in JCRC’s Student to Student program, and is the head builder for his school’s First Tech Challenge Robotics team. This fall Amit will be spending a year in Israel on Aardvark.
Kobi Recht is a junior at Parkway Central and a member of United Hebrew. He is a song leader at United Hebrew and B’nai Amoona, a member of several Jewish youth groups, and the treasurer of Best Buddies Partnership program for kids with special needs. Kobi will be going Israel this summer on Ramah Seminar.
Previous Stuart I. Pessin Awardees
2018 Jacob Mann & Melissa Rush
2017 Rina Gersten & Yonah Shafner
2016 Aaron Koshner & Eitan Oberlander
2015 Kyla Gersten & Rachel Somorov
2014 Sarah Casteel & Jonathan Samuels
2013 Ryan Finkelstein & David Iken
2012 Andrew Brick & Noah Oberlander
2011 Shira LeDeaux & Miranda Siler
2010 Ethan Bennett & Hannah Kaiser
2009 Hannah Barg & Jennifer Koshner
2008 Lior Melnick & Stuart Portman
2007 Jennifer Levy & Phillip Weber
2006 Alana Baron & Donna Iken
2005 Jamie Dalin & Avraham Rovinsky
If you have any questions, contact Karen Rader at KRader@JFedSTL.org or 314-442-3756.