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For our Scholars, success in college is only the beginning. Our alumnae are hardworking and driven women at the forefront of their fields. Whether they have continued on to higher academic pursuits, launched careers across the professional spectrum, or are doing something entirely different, they inspire us every day! If you are a JFEW alumna, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info (at) jfew (dot) org to let us know what you're up to.


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Meet Alumna Debora Mahgerefteh and Get her Best Advice for Success

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Friday, February 22, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Debora Mahgerefteh graduated from Queens College this past summer. A first-generation American, her parents fled from Iran over twenty years ago. Deborah speaks Farsi and she is the first woman in her family to attend college and follow a professional career path.  She is currently in graduate school at Long Island University and is getting her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.  

We asked Deborah to share with us some thoughts on her college experience.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

DM: I interned in a preschool as part of the JFEW summer experience and it was one of my best memories from college. It was my first step into the real world. I was so nervous and I loved every minute of it. I still reflect and look back to that summer. I learned so much in just eight weeks. I learned how to work with special needs children, their parents, and their friends. I also grew to become more understanding and sympathetic. Also, that internship validated my passion for wanting to become a Speech Language Pathologist.  

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

DM: All of this studying you’re doing, all of the parties you’re missing, the time you are spending with friends - it all will pay off.  You will get to graduate and get into grad school!  You can do it! Not getting in was one of my biggest fears. Also, a piece of advice is to keep in touch with your professors. 

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

DM: My proudest accomplishments included getting the JFEW scholarship, graduating with honors, and making lifelong friends. 

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

DM: It is because of this scholarship that I graduated debt-free and had the chance to really explore my major (internships, meetings, conferences).  Without this scholarship, I would have never had the experience that I do today.

Likewise, I would not have been part of such an amazing network of people. I am so proud to be a part of JFEW. I believe that if I did not have this scholarship, I would not have gotten into graduate school. It truly has helped me in so many ways. Honestly, it makes me teary-eyed. It sounds a little silly, but it really means a lot to me.



Tags:  Queens College 

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Meet JFEW Alumna, and World Traveler, Susma Gurung

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018


Susma is currently working as an RN in the Surgical ICU (SICU) at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, which is a level one trauma hospital. Before transferring to the SICU, Susma worked for two years in the rehab and medical surgery areas at the hospital. Since graduating, she has also spent time working as a private duty home care nurse, and as an ambulatory eye surgery RN.

Outside of her work, Susma finds time to travel as much as she can. In the past year alone she has visited Dubai, London, Northern Ireland, Las Vegas, Australia, and she is pictured above at Jebel Hafeet in Abu Dhabi! Additionally, she also spent time last November in Puerto Rico volunteering as part of the disaster relief team from her hospital. She was part of a group of 76 New York health providers who went down to help with relief efforts. Susma found her time in Puerto Rico to be, “such an amazing and humbling volunteer experience.”

Susma still wants to further her education, but has yet to decide what to major in. For now, she is focused on becoming the best SICU RN she can be.


Keep up the incredible, and inspiring work Susma!

Tags:  City Tech 

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JFEW Alumna Emily Nocito is launching a project to save our oceans

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Emily will be graduating this May with an M.S. in Marine Policy from the University of Maine, where she is studying marine protected areas in international waters!

In 2015, Emily received the Millennium Oceans Prize from Millennium Campus Network and with that she launched her own organization called 10 by 2020. 10 by 2020 is an initiative to help bring awareness about environmental issues to youth around the world, and to foster education about these issues throughout childhood and into a person's adult years.

Additionally, while studying at the University of Maine, Emily also works as the program coordinator at the Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multi-faith Dialogue, where she facilitates events focused on peace, human rights and spiritual exploration topics.

Keep up the great work, Emily!

Tags:  Stony Brook University 

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Meet our JFEW Alumna, Morgan DiCarlo

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Morgan is pursing a Master's Degree at Virginia Tech in water systems engineering. Her studies focus on conducting research on how water systems are being affected by climate change. Morgan says her desire to study and research water systems came from a personal experience while growing up in a town experiencing water shortages. She became passionate on resolving the issue and even won a scholarship from the New York Association of Water Companies to continue her work.

In addition to her studies at Virginia Tech, she works as a facilitator in rural middle schools in Virginia to advocate for students to learn about engineering, and this fall she was a keynote speaker at the University of Missouri at a conference to encourage undergraduate students to consider majoring in engineering. 

Astoundingly, Morgan has also been selected as the student winner in both the American Society of Civil Engineers innovation contest, and the Waterlogic essay contest where she entered an independent project focused on water conservation. 

She ultimately hopes to find a career in consulting, as she plans to translate her research expertise into practice in order to serve communities like her hometown as they respond to water supply problems.


Tags:  Stony Brook University 

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We just hosted the first event in our Alumnae Workshop Series

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, November 27, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at our first alumnae event this November!

Our Salary Negotiation Workshop, and dinner was a great success! We had two speakers from the American Association of University Women who gave real world advice on how to approach the challenge of negotiating a salary or asking for a raise. We want to thank our speakers, as well as our alumnae who came to the event!

We will be hosting more alumnae opportunities in the coming months so keep your eyes peeled! Email: info (@) jfew (dot) org, to join our mailing list and hear more about upcoming events!

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We are so proud of JFEW Alumna, Ashley Dennis

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Ashley, a graduate of Hunter College, was recently awarded the prestigious Gilder Lehrman History Award. She spent this past summer conducting original historical research as an intern at The Library Company of Philadelphia. Ashley is currently a Ph.D. student in the Northwestern Department of African American Studies. Her research is focused on black women educators in Northern cities during the mid-twentieth century.

The advice she would have given herself before graduating is, “Don’t worry if things do not go according to plan; work hard, have faith and everything will be fine."

Tags:  Hunter College 

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Meet JFEW Alumna, Maydelis Minaya, graduate of SUNY Geneseo

Posted By Jamie Spence, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018


Maydelis is currently participating in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences PREP, a post-baccalaureate research program for individuals who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. She was also recently accepted to the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University.

The advice she would have given herself before graduating is, "Reflect often and stay optimistic. We all need to take the time to do some self-reflection and think about our goals and dreams. With all the distractions in today’s world, it is easy to forget that we need to stop and think about these things. Taking this time will allow us to be more balanced while making decisions.”

Tags:  SUNY Geneseo 

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JFEW Alumna Bridgette Depay switched careers

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 16, 2018


Bridgette is a graduate of Pomona College with a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature. After graduation, she went on to work in the

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Check out our JFEW Alumna, Victoria Rose

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Meet JFEW alumna Victoria Rose, a graduate of Hunter College! Victoria is currently working as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean's of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is also currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Corporate Communication at Baruch College Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. After graduating, Victoria is planning to work in communications.

Her advice to current and future JFEW Scholars is, “Cherish the friendships and connections you make within the program, keep in touch with everyone as much as possible, and seize every opportunity to make a positive contribution to the world."

Tags:  Hunter College 

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JFEW Alumna Gabrielle gives inspiring advice

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 18, 2017


Meet JFEW alumna, Gabrielle, graduate of Hunter College! Since graduation, Gabrielle has been working at Cion Investment Management as an associate in their compliance department. Now she is transitioning back into public policy and is searching for the perfect opportunity. In her spare time, Gabrielle has maintained her French language skills by taking classes at the French Institute Alliance Française, and she is passionate about traveling as much as possible with her husband and their two dogs!

When asked for the advice she would have given herself before graduating Gabrielle stated, "I would tell myself to never lose the creativity and ideas gained as an undergraduate. Sitting at a desk all day often makes it hard to see beyond filing papers and crafting excel spreadsheets. It's difficult to remember that before we entered the work force we had innovative ideas and a passion to fuel change. I urge you to never forget those nuggets of inspiration. Continue to seek out the things that motivates you most, and which makes you feel whole. Volunteer, take a class and reach out to an old professor. All of these things will help rekindle the agent of change within us.”

Tags:  Hunter College 

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