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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 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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Meet our JFEW Alumna, Pauline Selene Syrnik

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018


Pauline is a graduate of Hunter College and is currently studying at Yale Law School. She will be interning this summer at The United States Department of Justice in the Criminal Division - Office of Policy and Legislation. After she graduates, she is hoping to do policy and advocacy work in order to reform our criminal justice and prison system.

When asked the advice she would have given herself before graduating she stated, "It would have been to cultivate friendships that will leave you inspired and yearning for more. If you surround yourself with good people then you will always be happy and trying to change the world for the better.”

Pauline, you are an inspiration and you give wonderful advice!

Tags:  Hunter College 

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JFEW Alumna Dara Frank moved to Israel after graduation

Posted By Jamie Spence, Friday, February 17, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018


Dara is a JFEW alumna, and recent graduate of Kenyon College! After graduating, Dara moved to Israel where she co-founded and directed the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue non-profit organization, Tiyul Rihla Trip. While there, she also completed a master's degree in International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Now that she is back in New York, Dara is working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as a compliance analyst.

The advice she would have given herself before graduating is, "Learn more about personal finance and how to save money. Also, I found that serving in leadership positions (i.e treasurer, secretary, president) for clubs or teams in college is a really good way to learn skills that are transferable to jobs once you graduate."

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Meet JFEW Alumna, Isis McIntosh Green

Posted By Jamie Spence, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 18, 2017


Our JFEW alumna, Isis, is a recent graduate of Binghamton University!

She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Political Science at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and is also a Legislative Fellow at the New York State Senate for Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference and Ranking Minority Leader of the Higher Education Committee.

When asked for the advice she would have given herself before graduating she stated, "I would have told myself to study abroad to immerse in a different culture.”

Tags:  Binghamton University  SUNY International Relations Scholar 

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JFEW Alumna Michelle Neiman shared her career inspiration

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2018


After graduating from Stern College for Women, Michelle spent her summer working at Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, where children suffering from serious or chronic illnesses participate in a medically supervised overnight camp experience.

Her experience working at Camp Simcha inspired her to pursue a career as a research assistant in a molecular pharmacology lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and later at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Most recently, Michelle was accepted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine!

The advice she would have given herself before graduating is, "Never stop looking for opportunities to advance.”

Tags:  Stern College 

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Congratulations to our JFEW Alumna, Peace

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017


"JFEW was one of the most rewarding experiences. It made my undergrad career fulfilling, and I would do it all over again if I could. I highly recommend this scholarship to students who are passionate about pursuing public service!"

Our JFEW Scholar Peace Titilawo recently graduated from Hunter College, and she was recognized at her ceremony by Hunter College president, Jennifer Raab for her many undergraduate accomplishments!

Peace's plans after graduation are to work full-time and eventually return to school for an MBA or MPA. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for her!

Tags:  Hunter College 

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Our JFEW Alumna Mahoua is studying for the MCAT

Posted By Jamie Spence, Friday, June 10, 2016
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018


JFEW Alumna, Mahoua Kane, just graduated from Lehman College, and is about to take the MCAT so she can apply to medical school next year!

Her advice to future and current scholars is, "College can definitely test your determination and patience in a multitude of ways. But every time you feel like you cannot do something, ask yourself, 'Why did I decide to do this in the first place?' The realization of your ultimate goal will allow you to continue striving. Plus, you MUST find a mentor, whether it is at your home, school, or someone who has walked the path that you want to engage on."

Tags:  Lehman College 

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