JVS Career Services Announces Reorganization of Scholarship Committee

By Sandy Kaltman, Immediate Past Board Chair, JVS Career Services

Scholarship administration is a valuable component of the continuum of services that JVS Career Services provides to members of the Jewish community over the span of their lifetimes. As higher education becomes more and more expensive and, therefore, less and less accessible without significant financial aid, access to scholarships for education makes a big difference to recipients.

“I was surprised to see that I had been awarded such a generous sum of money, and I cannot thank you enough,” wrote one student after receiving a scholarship. “You have no idea how much this grant has already helped me this year. I pay for everything on my own, and with your help I am able to still be in school, study every night, work, and complete my internship. I hope to one day give back to the community.”

The Scholarship Committee that awards grants from the Hilb Scholarship Fund sought to improve the efficiency of the process and to further enhance the impact of the $200,000 worth of scholarships on recipients. As a result, the Committee has revised its procedures to streamline administration and to award larger scholarships to a smaller number of applicants. Administration of the Saidel, Guthman, and Weiss Awards will be reorganized as well.

Along with these administrative changes, the leadership of the Committee has changed. Edie Rau has succeeded Fred Abel as Scholarship Committee Chair. Both Rau and Abel were devoted JVS Career Services board members and board chairs in the past. JVS Career Services is grateful to Mr. Abel for his dedicated and consistent leadership over many years. Longtime Committee member Rhoda Mayerson, another of the committee’s founding members, has also retired. Her many years of service are greatly appreciated as well.

With the rising cost of education, the scholarship funds administered by JVS Career Services are an important community resource. Community members are invited to contribute to existing scholarship funds or to establish new funds.

Scholarship assistance is just one of the many services that JVS Career Services offers to students. The agency also works with students on career coaching and resume writing, networking, and interviewing skills. As students approach the end of their schooling, JVS Career Services helps students find internships and jobs after graduation. For more information, contact JVS Career Services at (513) 936-9675 or www.jvscareers.com.

Help Over the Higher Ed Hurdle: $230,000 in Scholarships Now Available Through JVS Career Services

JVS Career Services has become a key source of scholarship assistance to qualified Greater Cincinnati residents and many members of the Cincinnati Jewish community. Both JVS Career Services and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati recognize that deciding to pursue higher education is a big step and that finding ways to pay for it can be an even bigger hurdle. To help, JVS Career Services currently administers five different scholarship funds through an ongoing partnership with the Federation.

The Hilb Scholarship Fund has been administered by JVS Career Services since its inception. Gus Hilb established the Hilb Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in 1955 in honor of his parents, Mannis and Yetta Hilb. Scholarship committee members determine policies and allocations, and JVS Career Services administers the fund.

The Anne and George Heldman Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 by the Heldman family. It is designed for Jewish students who are graduating high school. Additional funds include the Saidel Award, the Guthman Award, and the Weiss Award, each of which are available to subsections of the scholarship applicant pool.

“JVS Career Services’s long-term partnership with the Hilb Scholarship Fund is committed to making funds available for students who want to further their education after high school and adults who want additional education and training,” said JVS Career Services CEO Joni Burton. “This scholarship serves middle-class residents of the greater Cincinnati area and is awarded based on need and academic standing. The scholarship committee currently defines ‘middle-class’ as a total family income that does not exceed $130,000.”

“We’re here to help students get the education and training they need to succeed in the future,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Edie Rau. “By providing an applicant-friendly process and assisting students on a one-on-one basis, members of our community are better able to reach their goals.”

Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships administered by JVS Career Services should keep several deadlines in mind. The last day to submit an application and make an appointment for an interview with the scholarship administrator is March 15, 2016 for the 2016 summer term, and May 1, 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year. A grant application and policy statement are available here. For more information, contact Barry Wolfson, Senior Career Consultant and Scholarship Administrator at JVS Career Services, at (513) 936-9675 or by e-mail at scholarships@jvscinti.com.