Applications open for college scholarships, grants

The Jewish Community Foundation of St. Louis announces its annual 2013 academic scholarship and loan opportunities for St. Louis high school and university undergraduate and graduate students. The financial aid will cover part of the cost of the students’ educations.

Scholarships and loan opportunities include:

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• The Benjamin Pessin Education Assistance Fund. This new scholarship provides two $1,000 scholarships for students studying business administration. Applicants must demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need and must reside in the St. Louis metropolitan area or consider the St. Louis metropolitan area their permanent residence, even if residing elsewhere to attend school. This fund was established in memory of Benjamin D. Pessin by members of his immediate family.

• The Ruth Greenberg Memorial Fund for Rabbinical Training. Created in 1994, this scholarship offers St. Louis residents up to $2,500 for rabbinical training. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and commit to a career in the rabbinate. This fund was established by the late Ruth Greenberg.

• Local law school students are eligible to apply for The Sam A. Kessler Memorial Scholarship for a $1,000 scholarship. To qualify, the recipient must have resided in the St. Louis region for at least 10 years and demonstrate financial need and a willingness to contribute their time and talent to the Jewish community. The scholarship was established by friends of the late Sam A. Kessler.

• Applicants demonstrating scholastic achievement and financial need are eligible to apply for the Richard L. Levis, Jr. Memorial Fund. This provides up to $1,000 in scholarship money to any college or university student. There are no curriculum restrictions. Started in 1972, this fund was set up in memory of Richard L. Levis, Jr. by his widow, Barbara Rosen.

• The Blanche and Irving Miller Scholarship Fund. This scholarship provides $1,000 to qualified students enrolled in accredited colleges or universities who are pursuing degrees in professional fields. These include, but are not limited to, law, medicine, hospital administration and journalism. This fund was established through a bequest from the estate of Blanche and Irving Miller.

• Interest-free loans of up to $5,000 are available to students pursuing a fine arts degree from a recognized institution or fine arts program through The L. Allen Zorensky Fine Arts Loan Fund. High school and college students are eligible. The loan is due five years after the student graduates or leaves the program. The fund was established in 1983 in memory of L. Allen Zorensky by his aunt and other family members.

All scholarship and loan applications are due no later than April 30. Applicants will be notified by May 31.

For more information or to request an application, contact Wendy Rosenblum at The Jewish Community Foundation of St. Louis at 314-442-3740 or download an application at

The Jewish Community Foundation of St. Louis is a Jewish Federation service created to serve as a central place for long-term planned giving, to attract more endowments and build permanent community resources within one endowment structure.