For many years, the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women has awarded endowed scholarships to young Jewish women who have graduated from Bergen County high schools and are about to go to a four-year college or university. Applicants must have earned excellent grades, participated in school and/or community extracurricular activities in a meaningful way, and identify with Jewish values. This year’s pandemic posed additional problems for most young people, and these applicants rose to meet the many challenges that the covid restrictions imposed on them.
At a recent county NCJW Zoom board meeting, nine $1,000 scholarships were given in honor of the recipient’s current achievements and potential for leadership in the years ahead.
Alexa Schwartz of Mahwah High School, who received the NCJW Women Bergen County scholarship, will study at Indiana State University. Jenna Abrams of Bergen County Technical School at Teterboro, the Phyllis and Bruce Palley College scholarship winner, will attend North Carolina State University. Sara Brandon of Westwood Regional High School received the Bach-Fuld scholarship and will be at Bowling Green State University. Bella Carbone of the Academies at Englewood — Law and Public Safety Academy earned the Marilyn Taffet Memorial scholarship and will go to Northeastern University. Sophie Clarke of Northern Valley High School at Old Tappan was awarded the Podorefsky College scholarship; she hasn’t yet decided where she’ll go to college. Robin Falkow of Ramsey High School received the Wolfeiler-Simon scholarship and is headed to Elon University. Rebecca Parish of Tenafly High School, who was honored with the Kabakow Family Fund scholarship, will be going to Cornell University. Danielle Gootman of Ramapo High School and Neli Elhadad of Teaneck High School each received a Marjorie G. Aerenson Memorial scholarship. Danielle is going to the University of Tampa and Neli will be at Rutgers University.
Evalyn Brownstein and Nan Matlick co-chaired the scholarship committee; committee members were Grace Fuld, Peggy Kabakow, Phyllis Goodman-Kaplan, Bea Podorefsky, Henrietta Wolfeiler, and NCJWBCS co-president Bari-Lynne Schwartz.