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Our JFEW Roosevelt House Scholars got to meet Joe Biden

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Our JFEW Scholars are doing such exciting things, you just never know who they'll run into next!

JFEW Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College Scholars scored an impromptu photo-op with Vice President Joe Biden last week, during their trip to Washington, D.C.!! Judging from all those smiles, it was definitely a run-in they won't forget!

Tags:  Hunter College  JFEW Roosevelt House Scholars 

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Our JFEW Scholar presented in front of the Carnegie Council

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, May 25, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018


Congratulations to our JFEW SUNY Binghamton Scholar, Sandra Khalil!

Sandra has spent an extensive amount of time researching the linkages between globalization and human rights abuses, and ultimately she decided to submit her research to the Carnegie Council for consideration. Sandra was selected to be one of five students to present her research on human trafficking last week in front of a panel of experts!

She says, "The work I presented demonstrated how globalization brings countries into the international realm and presses them to adopt basic human rights practices. None of this would have been possible without being part of the JFEW program. I learned new skills and networking strategies that gave me the confidence to apply for something like this opportunity."

Tags:  Binghamton University 

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Our Scholars attended a panel discussion with global officials

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018


Our JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Scholars pose with UN officials after attending a fascinating panel discussion on think tanks with speakers from the United Nations, Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Council, University of Pennsylvania, and Human Rights Watch!

Tags:  SUNY International Relations Scholar 

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Check out JFEW Scholar Isabella Masucci's story

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018


I've always loved Theodore Roosevelt's quote "do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Over time, those words became a driving force in helping me take full advantage of a string of important opportunities.

My educational prospects were jump started when Maureen Yusuf, then Middle School Director of Breakthrough New York, walked into my sixth grade classroom and explained their program--a tuition-free, nonprofit, six-year college access program for low income and minority middle school students. I was only twelve, but I already knew I needed all the help I could get. Breakthrough changed the trajectory of my life.

First, they guided me to the Peddie School, a top-tier boarding school in New Jersey, and helped me secure financial aid and scholarships so I could afford to attend. Then, while at Peddie, I was able to take advantage of a variety of unique opportunities, including spending a summer on scholarship in South India volunteer teaching math, English and hygiene to Muslim girls.

Breakthrough supported me through the daunting college application process, and I matriculated to Goucher College, a private, liberal arts school in Baltimore, Maryland. During my first semester, my father lost his part-time job that he used to pay my tuition at Goucher. At a complete loss, I called Breakthrough, thinking I would have to drop of school and reapply for the next semester. Then, what can only be described as New York magic, took place.

Breakthrough had just been featured in the Wall Street Journal, which was seen by JFEW's Executive Director Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem. JFEW had a special scholarship available, specifically for a woman in need of an emergency educational grant. They contacted Breakthrough, explained the application process--and then I was nominated and awarded the scholarship, which saved my semester and gave me the opportunity to join the JFEW community. The JFEW scholarship gave me the resources I desperately needed, and allowed me to stay in school, finish the semester with a strong GPA, and most importantly, it gave me time to apply to transfer to a more affordable school. I am now attending Binghamton University in the Fall. I am so grateful to the Foundation for their generous gift, and very excited to be a new member of this community!

Tags:  Binghamton University 

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