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Teen Merit-Based Grants

Two 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.

 

2018 Stuart I. Pessin Award Winners

Jewish Federation of St. Louis is pleased to announce that Jacob Mann and Melissa Rush have been awarded the 2018 Stuart I. Pessin Israel Teen Merit Scholarship.

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.

Jacob Mann is a senior at Yeshivat Kadima and a member of Young Israel. He is the Editor-in-Chief of his school yearbook and a National Merit semi-finalist. He is the Founder/President of the teen organization for Ethiopian Jewry, a group leader for the JCRC Student to Student program and volunteers throughout the community. Jacob will be going to Israel in the fall on a Yeshiva gap year program.

 

Melissa Rush is a senior at Yeshivat Kadima and a member of U-City Shul. She has been involved with the JCRC Student to Student program and has taken an active role on school committees. Melissa has also been active with NCSY, earning the Lev Tahor award. She has been involved with AIPAC and volunteers throughout the community.  Melissa will be attending a seminary program in Israel this fall.

 

 

Previous Stuart I. Pessin Awardees

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.