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October 22, 2010  RSS feed
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College scholarships are new focus of Eatroff endowment

The endowment originally funded the Louise Eatroff Memorial Lecture Series. The endowment originally funded the Louise Eatroff Memorial Lecture Series. Jewish students in Hillsborough County have a new option in obtaining scholarship money for four years of college, including tuition, fees, and room and board.

The Louise Eatroff Memorial College Scholarship Fund, established recently by Eatroff ’s husband, Richard Eatroff, and her sister, Nancy Geltman, will award at least one four-year “full ride” scholarship per year.

The Tampa JCC is overseeing the scholarship fund.

Richard Eatroff and Geltman originally established an endowment in 2004 for annual educational community lectures, drawing some nationally known speakers.

This past year, the family decided to shift the focus of the endowment from the lectures to education.

“Lou cherished and lived by the Jewish values of tzedekah and tikkun olam, and she believed wholeheartedly that a college education opened the door to countless opportunities for fulfillment and success in life. So, we knew that she would approve of this new direction that her memorial endowment fund is taking,” said Geltman.

Eligible teens must graduate from high school the same academic year they will begin college, have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have applied to an accredited, public Florida college or university for a four-year, full-time bachelor’s degree program.

Recipients, who also must be U.S. citizens and of the Jewish faith, must demonstrate financial need as set forth in the financial guidelines in the online application, must demonstrate accomplishments in leadership or community service or have overcome obstacles.

Guidelines also stipulate favorable consideration will be given to applicants who attended the Tampa JCC Preschool, but that is not a requirement.

Those awarded scholarships must maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 for renewal of the scholarship in subsequent years.

Alissa Fischel, director of Tampa JCC, said students who have received Bright Futures scholarships to Florida universities may still receive an Eatroff scholarship, but the scholarship amount will then make up the difference in total costs.

Scholarship awards may not be deferred.

The application process opens on Dec. 1 and closes Feb. 15. Applicants will find additional information and application form on the JCC website: www.jewishtampa.com. See the Eatroff Memorial College Scholarship link. Interested individuals may also call the JCC at 264-9000.

The scholarship honors the life of Louise Eatroff, who died in 2002. She was a JCC supporter and major influence for many years. In addition to serving two terms as president of the JCC, Eatroff was active in the Jewish Federation of Tampa, where she was a Lion of Judah.

The original endowment which now funds the scholarships, began with a $200,000 gift to the T.O.P. Jewish Foundation, which is responsible for investing and administering the money. Over the years, additional funds have been added to the endowment.

The Eatroff Memorial lectures began in January of 2005 and continued through 2009 with each lecture given close to Eatroff ’s birthday. Among the speakers were Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst; Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s; the creators/ authors of Jewtopia, and Marv Levy, former coach of the Buffalo Bills.


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