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TOP’s Simon Scholarship Fund sends teens and young adults to Israel; seeks 2018 applicants

High school and college-aged students interested in attending programs in Israel that will strengthen their knowledge of Judaism and Israeli culture are encouraged to apply for a scholarship administered by the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation (TOP).

Last summer, four individuals from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties received scholarships to attend programs in Israel through the help of the Stevan and Marilyn Simon Family Scholarship Endowment Fund. Students attended diverse programs such as the Young Judaea WUJS, Ramah Israel Seminar, Onward Israel Hillel International Internship, and USY Eastern Europe Israel Pilgrimage.

TOP administers the fund’s annual scholarship process, working closely with Simon family members on the Scholarship Committee through the application process.

These experiences were possible because of the vision of the late Stevan and Marilyn Simon, who created a legacy to perpetuate Judaism in the Diaspora.

Arielle Radin, originally from Seminole, received a Simon scholarship to participate in a Young Judaea internship last summer in Tel Aviv. “I learned about my Jewish identity, my people’s history in the land of Israel, and strengthened my connection to Jewish young adults around the world. Not only was I able to delve deep into my spirituality and culture, but also make great strides in professional development through my research internship at a Neuroimmunology Laboratory at Tel Aviv University,” said Radin.

Karen Stanley, Stevan and Marilyn Simon’s granddaughter, who sits on the scholarship committee, reflected on her grandparents’ legacy. “My grandparents believed that it was their responsibility and privilege to continue giving back to the State of Israel and the Jewish community at large,” Stanley said. “They wanted to help future generations to know their heritage, appreciate their history, and reinforce their Jewish identity. … Upon the scholarship recipients return from Israel, it was my grandparents’ hope that the students continue to give back and share their experiences, thereby furthering the impact to the Jewish community at large.”

Interested individuals should visit the “Scholarships” section of TOP’s website,, for an application. The application deadline is March 30. For additional information, contact Ellen Weiss at

About TOP

Serving donors and nonprofit organizations since 1980, TOP Jewish Foundation manages a portfolio of $50m and has distributed over $100 million to Jewish and secular nonprofits.

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