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Teen Merit-Based Grants

Two St. Louis, Missouri high school students will be awarded $1,250 each from the Stuart I. Pessin Scholarship fund for travel to Israel in 2017.

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.

Apply for the 2017 Stuart I. Pessin Teen Israel Grant

Applications for 2017 are now closed.  

2016 Pessin Award Winners

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is pleased to announce that Aaron Koshner and Eitan Oberlander have been awarded the 2016 Stuart I. Pessin Israel Teen Merit Scholarship. The awardees were chosen on the basis of their activities in the Jewish community, commitment to continued Jewish education and high school achievement.

The two 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.

Aaron Koshner
is a senior at Yeshivat Kadimah High School and is a member of Young Israel. He is active in Bnei Akiva, NCSY Kollel Summer program and NCSY.  Aaron also participates in the JCRC Student to Student, Movitz-Danforth Israel Scholar program and has been a delegate to the AIPAC conference for the past four years.  This fall Aaron will be attending Yeshivat Har Etzion.






Eitan Oberlander
is a sophomore at Yeshivat Kadimah High School and a member of Young Israel. He is active in Bnei Akiva, NCSY and It’s a Guy Thing.  Eitan also participates in the Movitz-Danforth Israel Scholars program and the Yeshiva University Bekiut program.  He will be attending Mach Hach B’aretz this summer.






Previous Stuart I. Pessin Awardees

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 or 314-442-3756.