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A reception for the 2012-2014 Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) Scholarship Program recipients was held on October 22 at the College. Participants included twenty JFEW Scholarship recipients, JFEW Executive Director Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem and board member Marcy Russo. Also present were City Tech President Russell K. Holtzer and other College administrators, department chairs and faculty mentors from Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging.
Following introductory remarks by JFEW Scholarship Program Coordinator Luc Josaphat, President Hotzler expressed gratitude to JFEW for its support of City Tech students and the importance of programs that not only give students the financial assistance they need to complete their education but also the opportunity to intern in their fields prior to graduation. JFEW’s Kraiem delivered a presentation that focused on JFEW’s history of training women from post World War II to present day.
Two of the 2011-2013 JFEW Scholarship recipients and volunteer student mentors to the new cohort, Louise Brown and Dina Levkova, provided testimonials on how the scholarships had contributed to their pursuit of higher education and nursing careers.
Ms. Brown’s remarks focused on the paid internship experience of the program. “What makes this scholarship so special, unique, and an experience like no other, is the eight-week summer internship,” said Brown. “that provided me with the opportunity to work at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.”
During that time, she was paired with a nurse for individualized attention. “I received hands-on training on the medical surgical floor, including client admission, administration of medications, wound assessment, ostomy care, suctioning, drawing blood, starting IVs, patient teaching and discharge instructions, to name a few,” she added. “There is no experience that compares to this other than being an actual nurse.”
Dina Levkova, a nursing major, also remarked on the importance that the program played. She was grateful to have participated in the workshops and professional development organized last year. “Before the internship, I attended a workshop that gave me insightful advice about how I could turn the experience into a full time job,” she noted. “I feel ready to embark on my nursing career.”
All the 2012-2014 JFEW Scholarship recipients are pursuing degrees in healthcare, including Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging, and are scheduled to graduate with associate degrees in 2014.