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Surprise! You won a scholarship!

Yesterday, Benjamin Alpert and Rebecca Davidoff, two stellar seniors at Hall High School, got a big surprise.  After being called down to the principal’s office, they were relieved to discover that they were not in fact getting a scolding but rather, a scholarship.

Ben and Becky were two of 29 lucky students receiving college scholarships from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford this year. In total, the Foundation granted more than $66,000 in college scholarships for next year, thanks to generous donors who have established permanent funds for students.

Ben will be a freshman at Emory College in Atlanta this fall. He plans to study engineering and enjoy the warm weather, active Hillel and Southern hospitality. A track athlete and active volunteer in the community, Ben has proven himself at Hall High in and out of the classroom.

Becky was awarded a Hirst Scholarship, which is for students “who will change the world.”  Becky traveled to South Africa for a study abroad program, and continues her  dedication to social justice and education through community service in Greater Hartford. She will attend Clark University in the fall.

Lauri Miller and Merrill Mandell, scholarship committee co-chairs, awarded the scholarships to Ben and Becky in person, along with their parents. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the year, when you can connect with these terrific students in person and see the looks on their faces,” said Lauri Miller. “Being part of the scholarship committee, and getting to award scholarships to such terrific students every year, is a real privilege and a joy.”


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