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The value of education: Central Scholarship awards $400k to local Jewish students

“For 32 years I was a teacher, so I value the importance of education. Not just for future employment but for the human beings it makes us.” – Roz Sherman, former Allderdice High School history teacher and Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service chairperson.

The gift of education is something to be valued, especially for those students who are in the midst of heading off to college. But for some young adults, a little extra financial help may be needed to get there.

On July 26, Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) and the JF&CS Sara and Tena Goldstein Memorial Fund awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to 220 area Jewish students at their annual heck presentation ceremony.

Founded in 1966, CSLRS is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service. CSLRS coordinates the efforts of a myriad of community organizations and scholarship endowment funds to provide scholarships to deserving, financially-eligible students. Students apply only once through CSLRS and this one application provides access to the numerous scholarships administered by CSLRS.

Roz Sherman, CSLRS chair, welcomed scholarship winners to the ceremony and applauded their excellence. Guest speaker Emily Farkas, senior manager of campaign at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, spoke to youth about their Jewish heritage.
Also in attendance were CSLRS check distribution chair Robin Elson and CSLRS allocations chair Jonathan Rosenson; as well as JF&CS staff, including chief operating officer Linda Ehrenreich, scholarship program director Alayne Lowenberger and scholarship coordinator Dana Himmel.


From left: Roz Sherman, CSLRS chair; Emily Farkas, senior manager of campaign at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; Jonathan Rosenson, CSLRS allocations chair; Robin Elson, CSLRS check distribution chair; Rachel Brown Clark, CSLRS allocation committee member; and Linda Ehrenreich, JF&CS chief operating officer; at the CSLRS check distribution ceremony on July 26.

Any Jewish high school senior or student enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or technical school with financial need whose home is in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington or Westmoreland counties can apply to CSLRS. Applicants must be a resident of one of these counties for at least two years before applying, and financial need must be demonstrated.

JF&CS is committed to helping local Jewish students pursue advanced education by easing the financial burden on themselves and their families. If you know someone who could benefit from a scholarship, please visit www.centralscholarship.org or contact Alayne Lowenberger, JF&CS scholarship program director, at 412-422-7200. Applications for the 2012-13 academic year will be available online in November.