The DJCF 2017 Scholarship Reception

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation's scholarship program is one of the best-kept secrets in philanthropy. That modest cover was blown on Monday night, May 22, when an enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 assembled at the JCC to celebrate as 48 extraordinary students gratefully received more than $130,000 toward their pursuit of higher education.

Jewish community volunteers - 34 this year - dedicate hours evaluating scholarship applications, reviewing grades, reading essays, marveling over recommendations and, in some cases, considering financial need. The committee members include Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Michael Kottwitz and Brad Roth, Academic Chair Seth Kaufman, Community Involvement Chair Julie Lowenberg, and Financial Chair Harlan Pollack, as well as the other amazing committee members listed below.

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation takes great pride in the college scholarship program the agency administers. DJCF college scholarships are open to eligible students from Dallas, Denton, and Collin counties. Students of any and all faiths are encouraged to apply, and then each student is put in the pool for whichever scholarship he/she is eligible. In addition, the DJCF awards specialty scholarships to students studying in Israel, at SMU, University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M; as well as Jewish students from Texas towns with two or fewer congregations.

Since the applications are anonymous to insure a fair evaluation process, the content of the application is what sets the DJCF scholarship process apart from other academic awards. And because the awards process is completely anonymous, this year there were many repeat award winners and a pair of siblings who received scholarships, happy accidents of a blind system that judges applicants simply on their merits.

If you would like more information, the scholarship registration process is open each fall and details for eligibility can be found here.

Congratulations to the DJCF 2017 College Scholarship Recipients!

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation Scholarship Committee 2017

Michael Kottwitz
Brad Roth

Academic Committee

Seth Kaufman
Academic Chair

Community Involvement Committee

Julie Lowenberg
Community Involvement Chair

Financial Committee

Harlan Pollock
Financial Chair


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