Los Angeles (Aug. 10, 2016) — The JVS Scholarship Program this year helped 193 college students get closer to their higher education dreams when it awarded a total of$614,000 in need-based scholarships, each gift ranging from $500 to $10,000.
“This is an impressive group of special individuals who show a lot of promise and provided the scholarship committee with a real wow factor,” said Scholarship Program Co-Chairman Leland Felsenthal.
Before the committee members make their final scholarship selections, they will have interviewed more than 100 students in person to ask about their involvement with community service, their grades and school careers, their financial need and family histories.
Scholarship recipients are attending colleges from NYU to Harvard, Stanford, CSUN and many other American and even international schools. Their studies range from medicine and law to education and the arts. The group includes students who have emigrated from other countries, students with learning disabilities and students who are returning to school for advanced degrees.
For the third year in a row, thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from the William and Leah Molle Foundation and the enthusiastic support of Trustee, Susan Howard, JVS once again supported ten medical school students with scholarships of $10,000 each.
Most recipients attended the 44th annual Award Reception that took place July 28 at Sinai Temple where they had the chance to personally thank the many scholarship donor in attendance. Six-year scholarship recipient Niv Ashkenazi addressed the filled-to-capacity auditorium as keynote speaker. A distinguished graduate of The Juilliard School of Music who has performed worldwide, he told students that, though his primary ambition remains becoming a violin soloist, he decided early on to expand his scholastic horizons by taking a variety of classes. He discovered that by following his interests and gaining new knowledge he has developed skills that make him more employable. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Ashkenazi’s busy music career includes performing and teaching, writing music and serving on several boards.
Ashkenazi’s presentation included the performance of two pieces on violin: Nigun by Ernest Bloch and Jules Massenet Thais Meditation, on which fellow Julliard alum Leah Kohn accompanied him on bassoon.
Since the JVS Scholarship Program began in 1972 it has awarded over $7.8 million to more than 4,400 outstanding local Jewish students. It remains the largest need-based scholarship program serving Jewish students within the Los Angeles community.