Alumni Scholarship


Applications are being accepted for a $1,000 Alumni College Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Jonathan and Suzanne Scharfstein and Bernard and Barbara Scharfstein. 

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Agnon graduate – Eighth Grade class of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Will be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college program in the Fall of 2019.
  • Has not been a prior scholarship recipient.

Application Process:

  • Deadline for Applications:  April 20, 2019
  • Application must be submitted via the form link below
  • The recipient will be selected based on:
    • Relevancy of answer to the question
    • Development of individual’s response
  • The winner of the scholarship will be notified by e-mail and invited to attend the Annual Meeting to publicly receive the award. (Recipient need not be present to receive the scholarship but we hope every effort will be made to attend.) The winner will provide to Mandel JDS: college business mailing address and student ID, in order that the award can be mailed directly to the college prior to September 1, 2019; a letter of appreciation to the donor and at least one update during the year (mailed to Mandel JDS, to be forwarded to the donors). In the event the recipient does not enroll in an accredited college or university for the 2019-20 school year, the reward is to be returned to Mandel JDS.


Mazal Tov to Jessica Linden ('14) on receiving the 2018 Scharfstein Alumni College Scholarship!  Jessica heads to Emory University in the fall; read her essays for a glimpse of the long-term positive effect of a Mandel JDS education.

Zachary Reizes (’11) received Mandel JDS's Alumni College Scholarship award. He will be attending Ohio University's Cutler Scholars Program as a freshman. In his winning essay, Zachary writes, "I came to Mandel JDS in 4th grade as an insecure 10 year old. I left in 8th grade as a confident, high-achieving Jewish community leader. As a Shaker Heights High School senior in the International Baccalaureate program and on the honor roll, I can truly say that Mandel JDS prepared me academically to achieve as much or more than students from any other school around the world. But, it is not just academics that make my Mandel JDS education stand out. Socially and intellectually, I learned at Mandel JDS not simply how to survive in the world, but to thrive in it."

Doctors Suzanne and Jonathan Scharfstein and Jonathan's parents, Bernard and Barbara Scharfstein, established Joseph & Florence Mandel Jewish Day School Alumni College Scholarship and Staff Education Endowment Fund. The endowment provides a $1,000 merit-based college scholarship annually as well as up to $1,000 each year for staff conference travel. Active at Mandel JDS for many years, Suzanne and Jonathan are the parents of three Mandel JDS alumni.