Ten outstanding Chicago-area students are receiving 2018 Israel Experience Merit Scholarships from JUF as they prepare for a variety of extended programs in Israel.
The awards-which go to high school, college, and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills-encourage the development of Jewish identity, nourish greater commitment to Israel, and the Chicago Jewish community, and recognize future leaders.
Eight of the students will receive Jewish Federation Naftali Steinfeld Israel Experience Merit Scholarships, and two others will get the Women's Board Presidential Israel Experience Merit Scholarship.
The Naftali Steinfeld Merit Scholarship recipients are Meitav Aaron, Chicago, Senn High School; Bayla Alter, Tamar Dallal, Nathan Fensterheim, and Yaakov Rosenberg, all from Skokie, and Daniela Kluk, Lincolnwood, Ida Crown Jewish Academy; Samuel Hunt, West Rogers Park, Fasman Yeshiva High School; and Allison Wasserman, Deerfield, University of Delaware.
Women's Board Presidential Merit Scholarship recipients are Nechama Braun, Skokie, Ida Crown Jewish Academy; and Rachel Hale, Naperville, Naperville North High School.
Winners were selected for their involvement in multiple activities (Jewish and secular), their leadership roles, and their ability to be role models for their peers.
"All of the Merit Scholars this year were stellar," said Debbie Berman, chair of the Scholarship Committee. "They showed a strong commitment to Judaism, the Chicago Jewish community, and Israel. We are thrilled to be able to recognize their contributions and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the future."
Each recipient will receive $1,000 toward his or her upcoming approved Israel Experience program.
For more information about the JUF Israel Experience Merit Scholarship Program, visit juf.org/israel_experience/merit_scholarship.aspx .