JVS Scholarship Committee


You Can Make A Difference

As Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs, we are excited to continue to shape and solidify the program’s mission. The Scholarship Committee remains fervently invested in developing the potential of this vital program. Together, with your help, we can ensure that our society’s well-being is served by educated and informed experts in their chosen fields and that our scholarship recipients can achieve both their personal and professional goals.

Mission of JVS Scholarship Committee

The JVS Scholarship Committee serves to ensure the continuation and financial stability of the JVS Scholarship Program. Through its dedicated volunteers, along with JVS staff, the Committee is involved in every aspect of the program. This includes interviewing and selecting potential recipients, program oversight, fundraising campaigns, administering the scholarships, alumni outreach and development, and recruiting new members and donors.

The JVS Scholarship Committee is a unique policy and services committee. Our dedicated committee members are actively engaged in:

  • Setting program policy and structure
  • Hands-on participation interviewing prospective and renewal students
  • Award determination
  • Participate in one or more subcommittees:
    Student Interviewing
    Alumni Development
  • Support Development/Fundraising efforts, campaigns and events
  • Pledge a minimum $1,000 “give or get” annual contributions
  • Attend four committee meetings a year

Former Chairs of the JVS Scholarship Committee


Edgar M. Phillips, Jr.


Charles Wilson


Betty Wilson


Rhea Coskey1993


Marilyn Kwiker


Donna Ellman Garber


Joyce Berger


Joy Kravitz


Judy Felsenthal


Rhea Coskey, Ellen Morehead Weisman, Nancy Paul


Nan Kalish Goodman, Ellen Weisman Morehea


Ellen Weisman Morehead, Marnie Bodek


Nan Kalish Goodman, Jonathan A. Karp


Jonathan A. Karp and Leland Felsenthal


Leland Felsenthal, Matthew Paul


Matthew Paul, Jonathan A. Karp


Mathew Paul, Alan Polsky

2020 JVS Scholarship Committee

Laura Adler

Mimi Alpert Feldman

David Bolour

Jessica Bowman

Sunny Caine

Rhea Coskey

Dr. James Factor

Judy Felsenthal

Leland Felsenthal

Ashley Franklin

Frenda Franklin

Judith Galperson

Dr. Brian Gantwerker

Donna Ellman Garber

Nan Kalish Goodman

Jackie Gottlieb

Susan Greenberg

Salli Harris

Dr. Kevin Hayavi

Barbara Herman

Nadine Illoulian

Jonathan A. Karp, Co-Chair

Ruth Karp

David Klapper

Rini Kraus

Caro Krissman

Fred Kunik

Barbara R. Leanse

Pearle Rae Levey

Robert Liebesman

Jeannette Mandelbaum

Ellen Weisman Morehead

David Nikayin

Neda Nikayin

Eleanor Padnick

Matthew Paul

Nancy Paul

Helane Pines

Alan Polsky, Co-Chair

Sahar Pouyanrad

Joyce Powell

Rick Powell

Patricia Rosenburg-Heumann

Seth Silverman

Larry Sloan

Steven Taylor

Polly Marks Weinberg

A. Charles Wilson

Chic Wolk

Support the Dreams of Jewish Scholars

In today’s economy, a higher education is no longer a luxury but a necessity. A college education remains the best investment a student can make in his or her future – recent studies have shown that people with a college degree earn 98% more than people without a degree.

Circle of Honor Endowment Fund

The funds invested by Circle of Honor donors play an essential role in supporting the JVS Scholarship Program now and in the years to come. The Circle of Honor Endowment Fund is long-term investment mechanism enabling JVS to use a percentage of the total earned interest to create scholarship awards now, while reinvesting the remainder of the funds to create awards into the future.

Individuals and corporations who join the Circle of Honor, starting at the $25,000 level or above, create a permanent scholarship fund that may be named in the donor’s honor or in honor or memory of a loved one. Circle of Honor pledges may be paid over time.

Circle of Honor donors are prominently acknowledged on the JVS Wall of Honor in four categories:

Silver Circle (gifts of $25,000)
Gold Circle ($50,000)
Platinum Circle ($75,000)
Diamond Circle ($100,000 or more)

Donors are also invited to attend our annual Scholarship Awards Reception, where they have the opportunity to meet the recipient(s) of their scholarship awards.

Students face serious financial challenges in pursuing higher education:

  • Over the last decade, college-loan balances in the United States have jumped more than $833 billion to reach an all-time high of $1.4 trillion, according to a recent report by Experian.
  • The average outstanding balance is now $34,144, up 62 percent over the last 10 years. In addition, the percentage of borrowers who owe $50,000 or more has tripled over the same time period, according to a separate report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • A college education is now the second-largest expense an individual is likely to make in a lifetime-right after purchasing a home.
  • For recent graduates, their student loan debt also has long-term consequences and may very well shape the rest of their lives. From buying a car or a home to getting married and even having children, many millennials are putting off life’s major milestones because of their record debt.

More Information

Patricia Sills
Scholarship Program Director
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Randy H. Lapin
Senior Vice President Philanthropy
(323) 761-8598

Joyce Cele
Scholarship Program Coordinator
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Inquiries: scholarship@jvs-socal.org

Make an Impact Today

There are many ways that you can have an immediate impact through your support of the JVS Scholarship Program.



Create a Personal

Fundraising Page


Student Quotes

2019 Scholarship

Awards Ceremony

For more information, contact the JVS Scholarship Program Director at (323) 306 4023

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