Eight outstanding Chicago-area students have been chosen to receive 2017 Israel Experience Merit Scholarships from the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.
The awards - which go to high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills - are designed to encourage the development of Jewish identity, nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community, and recognize future leaders. The $1,000 scholarships can be used toward any approved Israel Experience program.
The Naftali Steinfeld Merit Scholarship recipients are:
- Tahlia Altgold, Skokie, Niles North High School
- Zev Blumenthal, Skokie, Niles North High School
- Eliana Feifel, Chicago, Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School
- Nesanel Gutstein, Lincolnwood, Fasman Yeshiva High School
- Jamie Hendler, Highland Park, Washington University
- Jesse Hunt, Chicago, Fasman Yeshiva High School
- Taliah Soleymani, Skokie, Ida Crown Jewish Academy
- Ariella Zwelling, Skokie, Ida Crown Jewish Academy
The winners were selected from more than 20 outstanding, dedicated teens and young adults for their involvement in multiple activities (Jewish and secular), their leadership roles, and their ability to be role models for their peers.
Steve Schreiber, chair of the Scholarship Committee, said, "The award recipients all are inspiring young leaders who are setting examples of how to be engaged in the Chicago Jewish community and in Israel. I'm pleased to recognize each of them for their contributions and excited for what they will continue to accomplish in the future."
For more information about the JUF Israel Experience Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.juf.org/meritscholarship .