Applications open for Jewish Community Foundation college scholarships, loans

The Jewish Community Foundation of St. Louis announces its annual 2012 academic scholarship and loan opportunities for St. Louis high school, undergraduate and graduate students. The financial aid will cover part of the cost of the students’ educations.

Scholarships and loan opportunities include:

• The Ruth Greenberg Memorial Fund for Rabbinical Training, created in 1994, which offers St. Louis residents scholarships of 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. 

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• 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, 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 provides $1,000 scholarships 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, 2012. Applicants will be notified by May 30.

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 jewishinstlouis.org/jcf.