Scholarship brunch honors donors and non-traditional students

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Left to right: Scholarship Chair, Jessica Rogers, Sandy Pass, Rosalie Leon, Carol Papish, Susan Gotlieb, Angelene Koplau (recipient), Joan Bour, President, Rachel Goldman (recipient), Geri Serot, Theresa McMillan (recipient), Michael Loria (recipient), Nicole Schyler (recipient), Deborah Beese (recipient), Christine Pomerleau (recipient), Cyd Charrow, Lauren Brownstein, Co-President, and Cecile Alexander

The National Council of Jewish-Women (NCJW) Sarasota–Manatee Section, dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children and families, held its 17th annual scholarship brunch, honoring donors and non-traditional student scholarship winners, on April 30 hosted by New College of Florida, on its historic Bayfront campus.

Seventy-four members and supporters of NCJW, including a number of the area’s top philanthropists, gathered to celebrate seven local students in need of financial assistance who have

been awarded non-traditional student scholarships as they return to school after a hiatus.
“I am thrilled that we have so many of us in this room today. For me it means that you understand and value the power of education in transforming lives,” said Jessica Rogers, NCJW’s scholarship committee chair and organizer of this year’s event.

State College of Florida President Carol Probstfeld gave the keynote address and shared details of the collaboration between SCF and New College, along with other area colleges as part of the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast, or C4.

All seven students gave speeches at the April 30 brunch, thanking donors for their support and sharing how their scholarships have helped ease their financial burdens as they pursue their educational and professional goals.

Sally Yanowitz, longtime supporter of the non-traditional student scholarship program, introduced the Yanowitz Family Scholar, Theresa McMillan, by describing how Theresa’s rare congenital neurological disorder, Moebius Syndrome, has given her the inspiration to obtain a college degree and pursue her interest in writing to help others with differences and help society become more compassionate. Theresa attends the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee where she is majoring in English and is set to graduate in spring 2018. She sees her mission to educate others about this disease and express solidarity with those afflicted with the condition.

Schoenbaum Family Scholarship recipient, Angelene Koplau, currently in her second semester at State College of Florida in the occupational therapy assistance program, said her scholarship has given her the opportunity to focus on her education and family by relieving the stress of her financial burdens. “Without your (Betty Schoenbaum) generous scholarship support (and that of Habitat for Humanity), I do not know what my family and I would do. You are an inspiration to me and I will carry your legacy on by helping others in our community. Someday I hope to be able to impact student’s lives the way you have impacted mine,” said Angelene.

National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota – Manatee Section 2017 Scholarship Committee: Scholarship Committee Chair, Jessica Rogers, Cecile Alexander, Joan Bour, Cyd Charrow, Anne Goldstein, Susan Gotlieb, Rosalie Leon, Carol Papish, Sandy Pass & Geri Serot