Category: JELFie

Ilana L.

Ilana L. Ilana L.

Ilana had her mind set on going out of state for college. She wanted to meet new people and move farther from home. Yet, coming from a home with a single mom supporting two kids, she was told she’d have to find a way to pay for the out-of-state expenses. At 18 she didn’t truly […]

Diana F.

Diana F. Diana F.

Diana was born in the former Soviet Union, present-day Belarus, and immigrated as a child. She was always drawn to medicine and helping children. She volunteered at hospitals and studied hard in high school, but even after merit based scholarships, she needed to find a way to pay for her education. JELF helped her get […]

Anya W.

Anya W. Anya W.

Anya was only three when her family emigrated from the former Soviet Union. Forced to flee from the Nagorno-Karabakh War, her family was able to find sponsorship through the Greensboro Jewish Federation. Though on food stamps for most of her childhood, her family was able to build a life in the U.S. Her grandmother nannied. […]

David S.

David S. David S.

From an early age, David’s father struggled with an addiction that eventually took his life. His single mother did what she could to raise three children on her own but just didn’t have the money for college. It was a huge stress for David to come up with ways to pay for his education, so […]

Spencer W.

Spencer W. Spencer W.

When it came to college tuition, Spencer Weiser knew his family would have a shortfall. His father, a management consultant, lost his job during the recession. Family medical bills had eaten significantly into savings. Spencer’s dad went looking for ways to help pay for his son’s education. Spencer was able to get a scholarship from […]

Joshua K.

Joshua K. Joshua K.

Joshua worked hard to earn a 3.5 GPA in high school. He had good SAT scores and participated in extracurricular activities. Yet, when he started talking about college, he realized that his parents just didn’t have the college savings he had hoped. Joshua didn’t know how much his father’s multiple sclerosis had affected the family’s […]

Shaayna S.

Shaayna S. Shaayna S.

Shaayna was accepted into college right as the 2007 financial crisis began. Her parents, both independent business owners, suddenly couldn’t make ends meet and didn’t have enough saved. Even with university scholarships, Work-Study, federal loans and a Parent Plus loan, Shaayna was unable to make ends meet. Luckily, she found out about JELF through BBYO. […]

Tamir G.

Tamir G. Tamir G.

Tamir was born and raised in Israel, but when his father’s bicycle business failed, the family decided to follow Tamir’s older brother to the United States. There were more opportunities in the U.S. including a chance to go to different colleges. Tamir and his twin brother followed their older brother to the University of Tampa, […]

Megan W.

Megan W. Megan W.

“JELF helped take away financial burdens while I attended the University of West Georgia pursuing my marketing degree. I was able to enjoy college life while interning with two non-profits which led to employment at graduation and then became building blocks for the consulting role I am now in.” I grew up in Lawrenceville, GA […]

Alex and Maria G.

Alex and Maria G. Alex And Maria In Boston 2019

Alex and Maria Gurevich are both former JELF recipients. With the help of JELF, they attended the University of South Carolina. Alex received his undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA specializing in international business. Upon graduation, they moved to Boston, where Alex spent 14 years with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and in 2012, joined Ernst and […]

Sara M.

Sara M. Sara M.

“JELF was an academic lifesaver for me!  JELF allowed me to continue my college career after a sudden death in my family nearly forced me to leave college and head back home.  With the help of JELF, I was able to stay in school and earn my BSN.  I currently work as an RN at Duke University […]

Thomas S.

Thomas S. Thomas S.

“My JELF loan is giving me the opportunity to study education.  Knowing the Jewish community is supporting my education and helping me accomplish my dream of going to college is very comforting.  Thank you for believing in me.  It is a wonderful feeling that the Jewish community is behind me and is helping me accomplish […]

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