$10,000 scholarships awarded to four local grads

Four local Jewish high school graduates each have each won annual $10,000 college scholarships from the Geri and Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute.

The fellows are Jason Block of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Chelsea Rapoport of Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge, Samantha Page of North Hollywood High School and Alyssa Scott of Oak Park High School. Each is slated to begin college this fall, and the annual scholarships will last for four years of undergraduate education.

The first group of Brawerman fellows was selected in 2012, when five graduating seniors were chosen. The institute was founded last year through a multimillion-dollar gift to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles by Geri Brawerman on behalf of herself and her late husband. The selection process and the scholarships are administered by Federation.

The fellowship was open to all Jewish graduating high school seniors who are enrolling in college this upcoming fall, need financial assistance, excelled academically and have demonstrated engagement in the Jewish community.

Orly Frank, Federation’s program director for the Brawerman Leadership Institute, said that the fellows will attend summer and winter retreats and participate as mentors to future fellows, all from the Los Angeles area.

“We will urge them to be involved on their campuses by participating in community service and living an active Jewish life,” Frank said.

Jason Block — whose friends know him as Jackson — plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall. He was on his high school’s speech and debate team and also was involved with BBYO and Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita. He hopes to major in business.

“I feel extremely appreciative,” Block told the Journal. “The Jewish community has been a part of me ever since I joined BBYO, and I’m actually really glad I have this opportunity to continue my passion to stay involved in the Jewish community.”