Student Award Opportunities

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The Center for Jewish Studies, in conjunction with its Academic Program, sponsors a number of monetary prizes and awards open to all Queens College students. Please see the list below:

The Dessau Endowment. The Grace Dessau Endowment Fund, established by her children, is named in memory of Grace Dessau, a Holocaust survivor. Without a formal education, and not knowing the language, Grace’s sheer persistence and determination drove her to raise a family in the U.S. and eventually earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Queens College with a minor in Jewish History. Grace was a true believer in her Jewish faith and heritage, which gave her the strength to persevere and prosper despite the horrors that she lived through. The scholarship is awarded to one student annually who is a major or minor in Jewish Studies and has an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students with an interest in Holocaust Studies.

Miriam & Morris Flatow Memorial Award established by his wife, Mrs. Miriam Flatow, in memory of Morris Flatow. The award is given to a graduating major in Jewish Studies with the highest “Grade Point Average,” (GPA).

William Fenster Memorial Scholarship established by his wife, Mrs. Marian Fenster. The Scholarship is given to a junior who minors in Jewish Studies with the highest GPA.

The Shulamit Lisa Gabow Scholarship Endowment Fund established by Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Lisa Gabow. The scholarship will be given each semester to a sophomore or junior undergraduate, who is majoring in Jewish Studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Stefa Berger Commun​ical Service Award is named to honor and memorialize Stefa Berger, a young Jewish woman of great passion and commitment, who perished in the Holocaust unable to fulfill her dream of becoming a physician. The award seeks to recognize the achievement and humanitarian spirit of students whose volunteerism outside the classroom best reflects the values and ideals of Stefa Berger. The award has been made possible, by the late Betty Greenberg, survivor of the Holocaust, and sister of Stefa Berger.

Jan Sinnreich Award for Writing Excellence established by his wife, Mrs. Leonore Sinnreich the award memorializes Jan Sinnreich, a distinguished Queens College alumnus who returned to school in later life to earn his BA degree in Jewish Studies. The award is presented to the student who has written the best undergraduate paper in a Jewish Studies course at Queens College during the academic year.

The M. Hratch Zadoian Student Essay Prize in Holocaust Studies established by M. Hratch Zadoian, former Queens College Vice President for Finance and Business in memory of Ambassador Henry Morgenthau. Administered by the Queens College Center for Jewish Studies, the award is bestowed upon the student author of the best essay on the topic of the Holocaust or other forms of genocide.

Ruth Hollander Award made possible by Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, is given to a graduating senior who will pursue Jewish Studies on the graduate level.

Center for Jewish Studies Award established by the Center for Jewish Studies on behalf of its Academic Program. The award is granted to a student/s who has promoted the health and wellbeing of the Academic Program on campus, generally a work-study student and/or the Editors of the annual Journal.

Prize for Academic Excellence supported by the Queens College Center for Jewish Studies is awarded to a graduating minor with the highest GPA.

For Guidelines to apply contact Center for Jewish Studies Program:; or call 718-997-4530