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Congratulations to our Scholar, Kanupriya!

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, July 18, 2018


JFEW Scholar Kanupriya Pandey graduated from Binghamton University this May! Kanupriya says that her most proud accomplishment while at school was the opportunity she was given to intern at the Clinton Foundation and to meet former President Clinton. She says, "This internship was arranged as part of my JFEW-SUNY Summer Internship, and it was a really meaningful experience for me. I made some amazing connections, and meeting a former U.S President was absolutely surreal, and a major privilege." 

In addition to filling us in on her exciting achievements, Kanupriya also left some great advice for incoming college students, "Be resilient. You're going to face some challenges a long the way, be pushed out of your comfort zone, and have to confront some things you aren't use to. Sometimes things will all work out well in the end, and sometimes they won't. It's important to not let it stop you. Resilience isn't something you're born with, but rather something you develop over time." 

Congratulations Kanupriya, we can't wait to see where you will go next!  

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Check out our JFEW/SUNY Scholar Tamar Ashdot

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, April 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2018


Tamar, a senior and double major in English and Judaic Studies at Binghamton University debuted a photo exhibition titled, "With Love, From Rosario". Last summer, Tamar was given the opportunity to travel to Rosario, Argentina as a Harpur Fellow to volunteer as a teaching assistant. She says she was able to make connections with people and examine Jewish culture through community service.


Check out this wonderful article about her experiences in Argentina and the photo exhibition that she put together upon her return.

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JFEW Scholars are starting the academic year off right

Posted By Jamie Spence, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018


Our first cohort of JFEW Leadership and Career Development Scholars at Binghamton University has recently kicked off, and they did it in style with a team-building ropes and zip-line course! The Scholars were pushed out of their comfort zone and are really learning how to work together as a team.

We can't wait to watch their progression throughout this year, and we wish them luck on their journeys!

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Meet JFEW Scholar, Maggie Chen

Posted By Jamie Spence, Thursday, August 24, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018


Maggie is a Development Intern at Pure Earth, an international NGO dedicated to solving the world's pollution crisis. Maggie hopes to learn more about interpersonal and research skills during her her time with the NGO before finishing up her studies at Binghamton University next year! 

The best advice that she has received was, "Don't hesitate to approach and greet someone - building a connection is essential!"

Good luck, Maggie!

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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."

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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!

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