FOR 39 YEARS, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has offered a Scholarship Loan Program. Twenty-seven students were the recipients of $85,000 worth of loans for the 2017-18 school year. To date 1,424 loans have been given out to 717 students for a total of $2,947,200.
“The JVS Scholarship Loan Program is more important than ever in fulfilling a critical need for Metro-West Jewish students who have exhausted available forms of financial aid, family resources, and personal savings,” said Ben Perlmutter, JVS Scholarship Loan co-chair. “With the ever-increasing costs associated with obtaining a college degree or completing a graduate program, these loans make a significant difference in fulfilling their educational goals.”
In addition, JVS offers Shapiro Scholarship Foundation Grants to five students. These grants are awarded to local applicants through the Estate of Belle Shapiro to assist those pursuing their studies in the fields of medicine, medical science, nursing, or Jewish theological education. In 2017, $30,000 was distributed among four medical students.
This is a one-year grant, which may or may not be renewed each year, depending on the wishes of the executors of the estate.
For information on both programs and to obtain a loan application for the 2018-19 academic year, contact Lynne Robbins, 973-674-6330, ext. 272, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is May 15, 2018.