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Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Award

Applications for the Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Awards are now open. One male and one female high school senior who resides in Bergen County will each receive a $5,400 college scholarship. The awards will be presented at the 5th Annual Sports Night of Champions, a community-wide event to support scholarships at the JCC, on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Application deadline is Monday, January 24, 2022.
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Applications for the 2021 Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Awards are now being accepted. Supporting documents will be accepted until 5 pm Monday, January 24, 2022.

The Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades
The Kaplen Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Palisades, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Tenafly (NJ), is now accepting applications for its 2021 Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Awards Program. This application is open to all high school seniors who reside in Bergen County; you do not have to be a member of the JCC to win.

Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Awards Program Overview
The Joseph Taub Scholar Athlete Awards Program honors student-athletes in their senior year who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, their schools, and within their communities. Whether you’re the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you’ve cultivated in the locker room and used them to create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you. Two JCC Scholar Athletes (one male and one female) will each receive a $5,400 college scholarship. The scholarship awards are made possible by The Joseph and Arlene Taub Foundation in memory of Joseph Taubz”l.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character.
Scholar Athletes are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities. They have built strong relationships with and will leave a lasting impact on other students, administrators, and community members.

  • Be passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live. Scholar Athletes have made a significant long-term commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Be a confident and enthusiastic leader.
    Scholar Athletes are role models. They are poised, honest, and passionate leaders who take on challenges for the greater good.
  • Display academic excellence.
    Scholar Athletes are intellectually curious, set high academic goals for themselves, and excel in their studies.
  • Demonstrate the following key attributes:
    • Proactive and highly motivated
    • Inspiring and charismatic
    • Honest and trustworthy
    • Genuine
    • Strong and Courageous

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the award, the applicant must:

  • Be a current high school senior
  • Gain acceptance to a university/community college for the 2022 summer/fall term
  • Be a current member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.)
  • Have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from 9th grade to first semester of 12th grade
  • Be a resident of Bergen County (NJ)
  • JCC membership is not required

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will review all applications in coordination with the Sports Night of Champions Board and key staff members of the JCC. Awardees will be notified by February 25, 2022. Scholarship awards will be presented at the 5th Annual Sports Night of Champions event on March 3, 2022. All applications will be kept in confidence.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

(Please read all instructions carefully before proceeding)

  1. Completed online application form including essay described below.
    1. The online application has 6 sections. You do not have to complete the application all at once. Your data can be saved, and you can resume entry when you are ready. Details are included in the form.
    2. Personal Essay (maximum 500-word limit).
      1. The essay should be a personal statement resulting from soul-searching and deep deliberation.
      2. Please consider the following questions in your essay:
        • What person or experience has made the most impact on my life?
        • What community services have impacted my perspective?
        • What are my present aspirations and how do I envision them in relation to my future?
    3. What would a scholarship from the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades mean to me? (response required)
    4. Application cannot be edited once it has been submitted.
  2. Most recent high school transcript
    1. Submit an official 6-semester high school transcript. The transcript must be marked by the school. Email transcript to fkoszer@jccotp.org.
  3. Application must be submitted and supporting documents must be
    received by Monday, January 24, 2022.

For additional questions or further information, please contact Fran Koszer at 201.408.1404 or fkoszer@jccotp.org.