The Association’s mission is to enhance the relationship between alumni, the JVS Scholarship Program and its current students by implementing social, professional, academic and financial support programs and events. If you are a past JVS Scholarship recipient and would like to join the Alumni Legacy Steering Committee in our efforts to reach out to alumni and to help plan future events please contact our office.

The JVS Scholarship Program supports Jewish undergraduate and graduate students attending schools and universities nationally. Since its founding in 1972, the JVS Scholarship Program has awarded over $8.5 million financially need-based scholarships to more than 4,600 students.

Named Scholarships

Establishing a named scholarship is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, or to honor a relative, friend or associate. The minimum yearly donation for a Named Scholarship is $2,200. Named scholarship supporters are acknowledged in the Awards Program and are invited to and recognized at the annual JVS Scholarship Awards Reception, where they have an opportunity to meet the recipients of their Scholarships. They also receive periodic updates from their students.

Alumni Giving Recognition Levels

To recognize the generous financial support of our loyal alumni we have founded the JVS Alumni Legacy Society and have established the following “Donor Recognition Giving Levels.” Placement in the respective levels is based on cumulative donations.

Trustee’s Club Donors $2,000 and up
Benefactor Donors $1,000 to $1,999
Fellow Donors $500 to $999
Mentor Donors up to $499

No matter the amount you are able to give, your gift will have an immediate and meaningful impact and will, along with other gifts, help to fund a JVS Scholarship for a deserving student.

Thanks to your generous support, we raised enough funds for five Alumni Legacy Scholarships for 2018-19 academic year. With your help, we can award four or more scholarships for deserving students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The JVS Scholarship Alumni Association was established in 2004 as a way to formalize the process of students giving back to the JVS Scholarship Program after completing their post-secondary education.

The Association’s mission is to enhance the relationship between alumni, the JVS Scholarship Program and its current students by implementing social, professional, academic and financial support programs and events.

For more information about the JVS Scholarship Alumni Legacy Society, contact alumni@jvs-socal.org, or call (323) 761-8888, x8868.

Neda Nikayin, Sales Engineer, Orbit Electric, Inc. along with Sarah Bigle, Social Media Manager, Producer, Ovation TV and Elana Vorspan, Director of Marketing and Communications, Valley Beth Shalom join original Alumni Legacy Committee members, Dr. Brian Gantwerker and Dr. Kevin Hayavi. Both Dr. Gantwerker and Dr. Hayavi also serve on the scholarship committee. The JVS Scholarship Alumni Association was established in 2004 as a way to formalize the process of students giving back to the JVS Scholarship Program after completing their post-secondary education.