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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-11-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, November 6, 1961

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Service Aids College Students

In 1968, Mark Diem
turned to the Jewish Schol-
arship Service for financial
assistance when he wanted
to attend the College of Os-
teopathic Medicine and
Surgery in Des Moines.
Four years later, with the
help of the scholarship pro-
gram, he realized his goal
and graduated as a doctor.
"I can't speak highly
enough about this pro-
gram," says Dr. Diem, who
is today an active member of
the Professional Service Di-
vision of the Allied Jewish
Campaign and serves on the
United Jewish Appeal
Young Leadership Cabinet.
At the time he planned to
start professional school,
Dr. Diem said his own earn-
ings, his father's assistance
and some state loans he had
secured weren't nearly
enough to cover his tuition
and living expenses out of
state. The interest-free
loans he subsequently ob-
tained through the Jewish
Scholarship Service went a
long way toward financing
the cost of Dr. Diem's educa-
tion.
Jewish Scholarship
Service Chairman John
L. Greenberg said
thousands of Jewish col-
lege students in the met-
ropolitan Detroit area
have been assisted by the
program since it began in
1947. Serving as a clear-
ing house for financial
aid applications, the
scholarship committee is
an umbrella organization
of 50 student loan funds,
some large and some
small.
About two-thirds of the
loans come from five major
communal scholarship
funds: National Council of
Jewish Women Greater De-
troit Section, Maimonides
Medical Society Women's
Auxiliary, Ruth Franklin
Einstain Educational Fund
of Temple Beth El, Hebrew
Free'Loan Association and
Probus Club.
Individual and family
funds under the trusteeship
of the United Jewish
Charities provide the re-
maining one-third of the
scholarship loans. The
Jewish Vocational Service
coordinates the program at
its branch location in Oak
Park.
Kalman Tillem, JVS
coordinator of the Jewish
Scholarship Service, said 80
percent of the loans ex-
tended are for individuals
pursuing full-time graduate
studies at an accredited in-
stitution, particularly in
the health professions and
law. Priority is given to
applicants planning to
• attend Michigan colleges,
unless comparable training
in their field is not available
in the state (as was the case
when Dr. Diem chose osteo-
pathic medicine as his pro-
fession in 1968).
"The major criteria for re-
ceiving scholarship assis--
tance are the student's eco-
nomic need and his prior
satisfactory performance in
school," said Tillem.
Students seeking a
scholarship loan gener-

John Greenberg, left, and Kal Tillem are shown
above with representatives of the scholarship funds,
below, which make up the Jewish Scholarship Serv-
ice.

ally come to JVS in
with income above $30,000
spring or summer. Before
will have to pass a test of
deciding to present a stu-
need to qualify for a sub-
dent's request at the next
sidized loan.
committee meeting, the
Because of the cutbacks
counselor explores with
and the ever-increasing cost
each student all pros-
of tuition and housing for
pects for obtaining
college students and their
scholarship assistance • families, the Jewish Schol-
arship Service seeks addi-
and financial aid
tional support within the
elsewhere. The loans are
community for its program.
considered supplemental
Greenberg pointed out
to any other assistance
that a scholarship fund can
the student might re-
be established in UJC's
ceive.
On the basis of the inter,
endowment program with a
minimum commitment of
views, a written summary is
$2,000. "Additional contri-
prepared of each applicant's
butions can be made to
needs and financial situa-
scholarship funds by rela-
tion, including a budget for
tives 'and friends who wish
the corning school year. The
to celebrate or commemo-
budget lists the student's
rate
special occasions. It's
anticipated expenses and
other sources of income. To surprising how fast the fund
can be built up," he said.
ensure the individual's pri-
vacy, his or her full name is
In some cases,
not revealed.
graduates who went
Representatives of the through school on
Jewish Scholarship Serv-
various scholarship funds,
meeting in September, No- ice loans have set up their
vember and February, use own funds. A medical
student assisted 15 years
the written summaries as a
ago and now residing in -
basis for determining their
California recently estab-
distribution of loans.
lished a memorial fund
It is not unusual for an
applicant to receive loans here in the names of his
parents.
from five or more different
Greenberg said anyone
scholarship funds, each
who establishes a fund is
making a partial contribu-
eligible to attend the Jewish
tion. In this way, the name
Scholarship Service meet-
of the fund is perpetuated
ings and to participate in
since the student knows
the financial aid clearance
who provided the loans.
process. At the September
Certain funds offer loans
meeting, the fund represen-
only to students majoring in
tatives evaluated and satis-
a particular specialty. For
fied receiests from 26 appli-
example, the Maimonides
cants. Some 40 loan re-
Fund helps future doctors
quests will be presented to
attending local Michigan
the committee at its second
colleges.
fall meeting, Nov. 19 at the
Students seeking loans
United Hebrew Schools.
for their second, third
For more information on
and fourth years of
the "Jewish Scholarship
schooling are re-
Service or to find out about
evaluated in light of their
establishing a scholarship
current financial situa-
fund, call the United Jewish
tion. The amount of their
Charities, 965-3939. The
loan assistance will re-
Jewish Scholarship Service
flect any changes in their
is located at 25900 Green-
sources of income for the
year. Repayment of loans
field Rd., Suite 242, Oak
Park.
begins upon graduation.
During 1980, a record 92
individuals received loans
through the Jewish Schol-
NEW YORK — Mrs. Ed-
arship Service out of ap-
ward Brady, former De-
proximately 200 applicants.
troiter of Phoenix, Ariz.,
Greenberg said he antici-
will receive the Community
pates a sizable increase in
Service Award at the 38th
loan requests since cut-
backs in federal student annual awards dinner of
Torah Umesorah, National
loans went into effect Oct. 1.
Under the cuts approved by Society for Hebrew Day
Congress this summer, col- Schools, Nov. 15 at the New
lege students from' families 'York Hilton Hotel. '

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