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Milton Shapiro JNF Scholarship Fund Sends Students to Israel

Milton Shapiro Headshot
Milton Shapiro Headshot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2008 -- New York, NY -- Jewish National Fund (JNF) is now accepting applications for the second grant of the Milton Shapiro JNF Scholarship Fund, established in memory of JNF Past President Milton S. Shapiro.

Created by the Shapiro family, the fund will award one $5,000 merit-based fellowship to a student attending the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) during the April - June 2008 session and one fellowship to a student attending the December - January 2008/9 session.  

“This scholarship is named in memory of my father, Milton Shapiro, to honor the exemplary way in which he celebrated life with his wisdom and integrity,” said Susan Levkoff.  “He was a champion of the human spirit and with his compassion and generosity he became an exceptional and distinguished philanthropic leader. Passionate about his love for family, he was devoted to the Jewish community and committed to the land of Israel and her people.”

AMHSI is an exceptional 8-week educational program for high school juniors and seniors, the only pluralistic, accredited academic program in Israel for English speaking North American high school students.

To be eligible for the fellowship, students must already be accepted to AMHSI and must raise at least $360 through JNF’s Plant Your Way to Israel program (visit www.jnf.org/pyw for more information).
 
While in Israel, fellows will organize three programs for their peers to help build Israel advocacy skills and knowledge of current events. When they return, they will share their experiences with their community through presentations, articles, and other appropriate venues.

Last year, the fund provided scholarships to four AMHSI students: Trevor Ballard of Westin, FL, Molly Braun of Bethesda, MD, Sarah Harper of West Palm Beach, FL, and Ari Sinvany of Gahanna, OH.

“Engaging our young Jewish community to connect to Israel was not a hobby of Milton’s, but a passion,” said Russell F. Robinson, chief executive officer of JNF. “Milton understood that the soil of the land of Israel was truly the soul of the Jewish people. I cannot think of a greater tribute than to have a scholarship fund that touches the next generation and continues the strong link built by Milton. We are proud to be partners with the Shapiro family in this great endeavor.”

Shapiro served as president of JNF from 1993 to 1997, during which time he spearheaded Operation Promised Land, JNF's initiative to help resettle over one million Russian and Ethiopian immigrants in Israel.  He was a devoted philanthropist and a volunteer leader of many Zionist organizations, including American Zionist Fund, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), American Friends of Likud, and the Jewish Agency, among others.
"This scholarship was created to honor my grandfather's memory by perpetuating his legacy - his love of Israel, learning, leadership, and life,” said Logan Levkoff-Cortes.  “We hope that the students who receive this fellowship will be as inspired by the beauty and history of Israel as my family has been."

Applications must include a personal statement of no more than two pages, one academic letter of recommendation, and one personal letter of recommendation.  Deadlines are February 15, 2008 for the April-June trip and October 6, 2008 for December-January trip.

For more information or to apply for the fellowship, contact Erin Mindell at 212-879-9305 ext. 245 or education@jnf.org. To learn more about the Milton Shapiro JNF Scholarship Fund or to make a contribution, visit www.jnf.org/miltonshapiroscholarship.

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Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. In over 106 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader and become the central address for the land and people of Israel.  JNF has planted 240 million trees. Built over 1,000 parks and recreational areas. Constructed security roads. Educated students around the world about Israel. Created new communities so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home.  Discovered drip irrigation and new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert. Built over 190 reservoirs and water recycling centers, increasing Israel’s water supply by 10%.

As a United Nations NGO, JNF sponsors international conferences on desertification, shares afforestation techniques and funds research on arid land management. Is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents. Is supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers by developing the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.  For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit http://www.jnf.org/.  JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

 

 

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