Jewish Press of Tampa

Eatroff scholarship application window now open

Through the Louise G. Eatroff Memorial College Scholarship Endowment Fund, the Tampa JCCs & Federation is offering scholarships to Jewish students in Hillsborough County.

The scholarships are for Jewish students who will attend an accredited public, in-state Florida college or university fulltime and are pursuing a 4-year bachelor’s degree. It provides selected students with subsidies for the cost of tuition, fees, room and board for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study.

Since 2011, the Eatroff fund has granted scholarships to six deserving students: Noah Gamson, Einav Kirsh, Noa Marks, Justin Shaw, Alexis Spivak and Sydney Weinreb.

“This scholarship has made it possible for me to dedicate my time at the University of Florida to various student organizations and Israel advocacy on campus,” said Kirsh. “For example, during my sophomore year I led a geopolitical tour for non-Jewish student leaders in order to increase awareness of Israeli culture, security, and politics at UF. As a result of experiences like this I have decided to pursue law school and devote my professional career to helping people from diverse perspectives find common ground.”

Gamson, the 2020 scholarship recipient, is a freshman at the University of Central Florida, studying psychology. He echoes the sentiment: “Being the recipient of the Eatroff Scholarship has taken a huge weight off of me and my family’s shoulders. Now that I don’t have to be as concerned with the ominous financial side of school, I can focus on classes and campus involvement more easily. I am incredibly grateful to the Eatroff Family and the Tampa JCCs & Federation for providing me with this opportunity to further my education.”

The Eatroff scholarship fund has been endowed by Nancy Geltman Resnick and Dr. Richard Eatroff as a means of both honoring Louise Eatroff’s memory and assuring that the significance of her life will be remembered well into the future. Her devotion to the Tampa Jewish Community Center, having served as its president for two terms, is well known. Living by the Jewish values of “tzedakah” and “tikkun olam,” she believed wholeheartedly that a college education opens the door to countless opportunities for fulfillment and success in life.

The application period opened Nov. 1 and closes on Feb. 10. For eligibility requirements and to request a scholarship application, visit JewishTampa.com/Eatroff. For more information contact Alissa Fischel, chief development officer, at Alissa.Fischel@JewishTampa.com or (813) 769-4726.

According to the State University System of Florida, tuition, books/supplies, room and board, transportation and other expenses cost an average of $10,393 per semester during the fall and spring semesters of the 2020-21 academic year for a full-time Florida resident.

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