“College was something that I was kind of worried about how to pay for,” said Ohio State University senior Ashley Schlaeger. “I knew my parents would help me a little bit, but having the scholarship going in to college really helped me financially. It’s also helped me to keep my grades up, because one of the requirements is that you have a GPA of 3.0 or above.”
Since 1955, The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Hilb Scholarship has been providing need-based financial assistance to students in the Cincinnati Jewish community.
“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.
Gus Hilb established the Hilb Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in 1955 in honor of his parents, Mannis and Yetta Hilb, and since its inception it has been administered by JVS Career Services.
“Not only has the Hilb Scholarship been an immense financial help, but it has encouraged me to work to my full potential in all of my courses,” said Alex Katz, a senior at the University of Cincinnati. “I had a low GPA in high school, and I didn’t participate in many clubs or sports. I was lucky to have JVS Career Services take a chance on me.”
Katz continued, “I’m looking forward to what’s in store for me after graduation, and thanks to the skills I’ve gained over the past four years, I’m optimistic about my future. I would like to thank JVS Career Services from the bottom of my heart.”
For the 2020-2021 academic year, 83 Hilb scholarships, totaling more than $200,000, were awarded.
“I love watching the students succeed, and getting to know each of them individually,” said Kasey Rouse, Scholarship Coordinator at JVS Career Services. “I love that I have the chance to make a difference in so many lives.”
The Hilb Scholarship isn’t the only opportunity available to students. These additional funds are also available to students who complete the Hilb scholarship application: the Anne and George Heldman Family Scholarship Fund, the Saidel Award, the Guthman Award, the Graff Award, and the Weiss Award.
Another fund available is the Weiland Scholarship, which is open to Jewish residents of the Greater Cincinnati area who are attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. This fund is available through a separate application that is open throughout the year.
The last day to submit an application for the Hilb scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year is May 1st, 2021. Students interested in applying must set up an appointment for an interview with the scholarship coordinator. You can learn more here.
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, resume writing, networking, and interviewing skills all free of charge. As students approach the end of their schooling, JVS Career Services helps students find internships or jobs after graduation. JVS Career Services is dedicated to helping students get the most out of their college careers, and will be there with them throughout their professional life.