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Julia Gross Scholarship

The University of Denver awards the Julia Gross Scholarship to undergraduate students who show strong academic achievement in Judaic Studies courses and demonstrate participation in campus activities and organizations that align with interfaith community building, social justice initiatives and service learning.

Candidates are nominated by CJS faculty.

Congratulations to the 2014 recipients:

  • Yekaterina Arzhayev
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    Katerina was born in Siberia and moved to the United States when she was three. Due to persecutation faced by her parents in the Soviet Union, she was distanced from her Jewish heritage and only got to experience that part of her culture when her family moved to Colorado in 2010. At DU, Katerina is a double major in history and international studies. When she finishes her education, she hopes to work in the Middle East in the field of law and human rights. While studying, Katerina also coaches debate at Smoky Hill High School, is involved with her synoguage on the worship team and with the youth, and actively tutors grade school children from the Aurora area. She hopes to get a minor in Judaic Studies with an emphasis in Hebrew and then go on to learn Arabic in grad school. 

  • Taryn Kaufman
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    Taryn Kaufman is from Dallas, Texas and she will be entering her senior year at the University of Denver. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies with minors in both Judaic Studies with an emphasis in Hebrew, and Art. This past fall Taryn studied abroad in Maastricht University and enjoyed exploring the various countries and cultures in Europe. She loves art, especially design and she enjoys creating henna designs. Taryn is very honored to receive this scholarship and she attributes her success in the Judaic Studies department to the wonderful teaching of Professor Sari Havis.

  • Sara Mischa Kregstein
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    Sara Mischa Kregstein is a Junior Marketing major with a minor in Judaic Studies. Her favorite class at DU is Hebrew with Professor Sari. She is the 2014-2015 Programming Committee Head for DU Hillel and a member of Delta Zeta- rho. During the summer she loves to spend her summers up at 10,200 feet at Shwayder Camp, where she is the Programming Director.

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients:

  • Wendy Low
  • Melanie Kesner

Past recipients:

  • Rebecca Swanson, 2012
  • Ella Peterson, 2011
  • Sonia Wilk, 2010
  • Dorielle Parker, 2009