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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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Check out our JFEW Alumna, Juliet Crupi

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, February 8, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018



Juliet is a recent graduate of New York University with an M.A. in Math Education. She now works at Williamsburg Prep High School where she is teaching science to students with special needs. She has also founded an urban farming program to help students understand the changing relationships between science, culture, food, and health. In 2014, Juliet presented at the Earthwatch Summit at Harvard University, where she organized workshops for Earthwatch Fellows on expeditions in Ecuador and the Arctic.

Her advice to current JFEW scholars is, “Creating projects for the good of the community is just as important as doing well in school academically. Decide if you’re more of a planner or doer, then find someone to collaborate with who is strong in your area of weakness.”

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JFEW Alumna Catherine Almonte talked networking with us

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Catherine is a graduate of Binghamton University, and is currently working in the New York City Mayor's Office as a special assistant to Mayor Bill de Blasio!

Her advice to current JFEW students is, "Network like crazy--with established professionals and your peers. I spent months applying to everything in my field and heard nothing. It took a friend of a friend who was also a Binghamton alumni to get my foot in the door. Then, once you get the position, work extremely hard and listen and learn from the experts around you."

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Catherine!

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JFEW Alumna Rikah Lerer gave advice for aspiring medical students

Posted By Jamie Spence, Monday, January 25, 2016
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018


Meet JFEW alum Rikah Lerer, graduate of Stern College!

After graduating, Rikah completed clinical research at Montefoire Medical Center, and she is now currently studying at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine while applying for pediatric residency! Rikah's advice to aspiring medical students is, "Never lose sight of why you wanted to get into medicine and how hard you've worked. And keep doing all of the fun things you enjoy because that's what will help you get through this long but exciting process!"

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JFEW Alumna Colette Eustace is moving to Honduras

Posted By Jamie Spence, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Colette Eustace, one of our JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Scholar just graduated from Stony Brook University!

After graduation, Colette is moving to Honduras to work and study micro-finance. She even decorated her graduation cap to look like the Honduran flag! Her advice for incoming college students is, “Take this moment to apply to everything (fellowships, programs, awards) you see fit, because you really never know what you can achieve!”

We can't wait to see where you go from here, Colette!

Tags:  Stony Brook University  SUNY International Relations Scholar 

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Our Alumnae have bonds for life

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 18, 2017


Whether 1925 or 2015, forming close bonds with your JFEW cohort never gets old. These former Scholars stayed in touch with each other long after graduation.

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Remember When? Vera B Williams

Posted By Jamie Spence, Friday, May 8, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 18, 2017


Flashback to 1984, when JFEW alumna Vera B. Williams wrote the timeless story, "A Chair For My Mother" to honor her mother's memory.

The story tells a tale of a family's apartment destroyed in a fire, and the strength of three generations who banded together to save up for the perfect armchair for their hardworking mother. It emphasizes the value of a strong work ethic and family togetherness.

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JFEW Alumna Naomi Oreskes has an important message

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018


“I can tell you that a lot of what happens — floods, droughts, mass migrations, the end of humanity in Africa and Australia — is the result of inaction to very clear warnings.”

In a recent New York Times piece, geologist, professor, and former JFEW scholar, Dr Naomi Oreskes discusses her detailed research into why people fighting action on climate change focus on economics instead of science. She emphasizes the negative impact that ignoring climate change will have on the future of our planet. Her research was cited by Al Gore's work "An Inconvenient Truth" and she says she was met with both overwhelming support and backlash as she began to vocalize her findings on the evidence of climate change.

Be sure to also check out her TED talk, "Why We Should Trust Scientists."

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JFEW Alumna Susma Gurung graduated valedictorian of her class

Posted By Jamie Spence, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Our accomplished JFEW Scholar, Susma Gurung recently graduated as the 2014 valedictorian at New York City College of Technology - and she delivered an inspiring speech at graduation. Her achievements prove how her sense of humor, hard work, and support from loved ones helped her over the finish line. She so eloquently said:

"Finally, today, we are graduates and just a step away from being nurses. It has been a tough journey full of tears, happiness, anxiety and stress. Strong friendships have been built, tears have been shed, our sanity has been tested, doubts about ourselves have been raised and many failures we have faced. However, despite all the hurdles and storms that we have gone through, I am certain that I speak for everyone when I say it was all worth it. We thought this day would never come, but look around, here we are. On our pining day, the fruit of our sacrifice and hard work feels so sweet. Today marks the day that our hard work has paid off. Today marks the day that our professional journey has only just begun. Today marks the day that WE DID it."

We are so proud of you Susma!

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