Applications Open for 2018-19 Hilb Scholarship Fund Awards

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By Dedra Perlmutter, Senior Career Consultant, Human Resources Manager, and Scholarship Administrator of JVS Career Services

Are you looking for financial assistance to help with the cost of college? Make sure you check out the scholarship opportunities available through JVS Career Services. Applications are now open and can be submitted through May 1.

Known as a nonprofit that helps people find meaningful employment, businesses hire top talent, and college students find internships and jobs, JVS Career Services also administers several scholarship funds in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

The Hilb Scholarship Fund was established in 1955 by Gus Hilb, in honor of his parents, Mannis and Yetta Hilb. The fund encourages residents of Greater Cincinnati to apply for needs-based academic scholarships. Applications can be made for post-secondary education at a college or university, professional training programs, and/or short-term vocational training programs in non-academic fields.

“JVS Career Services and the Hilb Scholarship Fund are 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.

Applicants of the Hilb Scholarship Fund are also considered for several other grants, including the Anne and George Heldman Family Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2009 by the Heldman family and is awarded to Jewish students who are graduating from high school. They are also considered for the Saidel Award, the Guthman Award, the Graff Award, and the Weiss Award, all of which have individual guidelines.

Ashley Schlissel, a recent graduate from the University of Akron, shared, “I just wanted to take the time to thank you and the entire committee for supporting my college career by providing me a scholarship through JVS Career Services over the last 4 ½ years. Without this scholarship, it would have been difficult for me to get a college education. However, I am now a college graduate and have accepted a full-time position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Thank you for all the generous time and support you have given me. I look forward to keeping in touch.”

Seventy-seven scholarships totaling over $175,000 were awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year.

By submitting one application, students will be considered for all the scholarship funds JVS Career Services administers. Students interested in applying for the 2018-2019 school year should keep in mind the deadline to submit an application:

May 1, 2018: Last day to submit an application for the 2018-2019 academic year and make an appointment for an interview with the scholarship administrator

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. As students approach graduation, JVS Career Services helps them find internships or jobs. For more information, contact JVS Career Services at (513) 936-9675 or


Dedra Perlmutter, CPRW, SHRM-CP, PHR, is a Senior Career Coach, College Scholarship Administrator, and Human Resources Manager at JVS Career Services. Dedra provides extensive knowledge to clients in the areas of job searching, interviewing, networking, personal branding, image and career strategies. With almost 20 years of HR experience, in a variety of industries, Dedra is well-versed in recruiting and employment, and brings with her “insider knowledge” of what employers are looking for in potential employees. By leading workshops and working with clients individually, Dedra is able to serve as a resource for those that are looking to make a career change or to enhance their current career path.

 In addition to utilizing her past experiences, Dedra also works in conjunction with other HR industry professionals to remain up-to-date on current hiring and employment trends. Being able to share knowledge and experiences with clients has proven to be a huge success factor.

 Dedra is known for her positive motivation and her upbeat approach to the job search process. She also has a sincere interest in getting to know her clients and helping discover their goals.

 Dedra, a Cincinnati native, received her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Human Resources from Bowling Green State University. Dedra also holds a PHR, Professional Human Resources Certification, a SHRM-CP, Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional, as well as a CPRW, Certified Professional Résumé Writer. To contact Dedra Perlmutter, please call (513) 745-2904, or email