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HIAS Chicago 2015 Scholarship Application Period is Now Open

The Board of Directors of HIAS Chicago proudly announces the opening for 2015 HIAS Chicago scholarship applications.  The application period is from November 5, 2014 through February 9, 2015.

Please visit the Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Scholarship pages for eligibility requirements and applications. 

Scholarships will be awarded to the following categories of students:

HIAS Chicago Undergraduate Scholarships - High school seniors beginning post-secondary education on a full time basis or college students continuing in undergraduate or technical study  

HIAS Chicago Benton Bernstein Scholarships - Students enrolling in or continuing in a course of professional study in one of the helping professions such as medicine, social work or psychology  

HIAS Chicago Career Enhancement Scholarships - Students enrolling in or continuing enrollment in a graduate level educational program

HIAS Chicago Bierig Scholarships for Volunteerism - Students enrolling in or continuing enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program with a strong commitment to volunteerism


HIAS Chicago proudly announces the 2014 Academic Scholarship Winners

Undergraduate Scholars

Aleksey Razin graduated from Wheeling High School with 3.78 GPA. After struggling with English as a young child, he went on to win his eighth grade spelling bee and graduate with a 4.0. He was the first person in the school’s history to achieve this honor. His theatrical talents led him to play starring roles in middle school stage plays Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Snow White (which was performed in Russian). This fall, Aleksey will be studying medicine, inspired by his grandmother, who was a doctor in Ukraine. While attending high school, he graduated from the Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Alliance with Harper College, and he is currently a student ambassador for the American Cancer Society. He is also a teacher’s assistant in Sunday School and volunteered five summers at a summer chess club. Aleksey holds memberships in numerous academic societies, including the Spanish Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society of Wheeling High School Vice President and AP Scholar with Honors. Outside of his studies, he was a member of the three-time district champion math team, a varsity swimmer, tennis sectionals qualifier, water polo player, Captain of the Scholastic Bowl, a member of the Medical Career Club, a peer tutor in the Learning Lab. 

Anton Feldman attends Palatine High School and has been on the Honor Roll each semester beginning with his second. He is the Senior Section Editor for the school yearbook, he wrote an English essay on Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles his English teacher calls "provocative, inventive and impressive... especially given that his first language is not English." He is involved with the Art Club and Wood Club, and enjoys playing the piano. He volunteered for a summer at the neighborhood library, and takes to heart all opportunities he is given to learn new things. Anton is planning for his first year of college to help him narrow down his career interests in the medical field, and is currently seriously considering becoming a nurse.

Elizabeth Emily Onishcenko is ranked 10th in her class at Stevenson High School. She is a member of the National Honors Society; was awarded the Science Scholar for two years; has been on the Gold Honor Roll since her freshman year; and is an AP Scholar with Honors. She is a math peer tutor, and is on the executive board for psychology at Stevenson. Outside of the classroom, Lizzie was in the all-academic conference for tennis and badminton. Her over 100 hours of community service, focusing on medical and rehabilitation environments, earned her IHSA recognition and the Jefferson award. She enjoys playing piano and occasionally works as a piano accompanist during school concerts at her former middle school. 

Mariya Yanovskaya will be attending the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying Science and Chemistry. Mariya is on the honor roll and in the national honor society at Glenbrook North High School. She is a member of the Student Advisory Board, the medical club, the global citizens club, and the yearbook club. She led a student group raising funds for cancer awareness. She has volunteered for years at an area nursing home and at Glenbrook Hospital. She has been on the tennis team for 4 years. In a project that was especially memorable to her social studies teacher, Mariya wrote an extended historical research paper on the impact women 'passing' as male soldiers had on the Union military campaigns during the Civil War. 

Alena Burda is studying to be a nurse. She graduated from Chicagoland Jewish High School with a 3.56 GPA and perfect attendance for all eight semesters. She worked part-time during school, and was a summer counselor at Camp Ramah. Alena remembers reading books at home- any books- to help her improve her English and her writing. Most of the books she found were her mother’s nursing studies books, and Alena speaks fondly of how she and her mother enjoyed extra bonding time over these books. She will be attending Illinois State University, pursuing a Nursing degree.

Graduate scholars

Anna Kurapey is studying to be a doctor. She completed her undergraduate studies with honors. She was involved with “Science for Kids”, working with elementary school children to plan a special science project that they presented at the end of the school year. Anna volunteers as a fundraiser and a summer counselor with Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents have or had cancer. She attends Hillel on the Michigan State campus, and credits her Birthright trip to Israel with her increased motivation to be part of the Jewish community... even the small one at Michigan State. Anna has a strong work ethic and has held part-time jobs since she was 15.

Emily Kalusetsky is attending the UIC College of Pharmacy, where she earned the Dean’s List in Fall 2013 and Spring 2012. She was a 2011 recipient of the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship and the Illini for Illinois Study Abroad Scholarship; and a 2010 recipient of the CVS/Caremark Scholarship. She is currently a volunteer at the Provena Covenant Medical Center; on the Student Leadership Committee for the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders; a member of the Philanthropy committee of Sigma Delta Tav for Prevent Child Abuse America; and the volunteer chair of the U of I pre-pharmacy club. She has volunteered on the Chabad Alternative Spring Break trip to Berlin, Germany. Emily has been a camp counselor, a day care assistant and a pharmacy technician at multiple locations, and is currently employed as a Pharmacy Technician at Walgreen’s. 

Olga Lekakh graduated Loyola University Magna Cum Laude. While there, she was named to the Dean's List each semester; earned High Honors in Biology and the Biology Department Research Award; was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society; and won several Debate Team awards. Outside of school, Olga was a math tutor at “Math Plus Fun” tutoring center for 6 years and at “My Guru” tutoring for one year. Olga is a past Hillel President, and spent extensive hours and years volunteering, including as a Community Health Educator and a Pediatric Patient Tutor at Loyola Family Medical Center Family; various free community clinic medical volunteering events; and events with various Jewish organizations in Chicagoland area.

Milla Angelina Borun is studying to be a nurse. She emigrated when she was 23, and has earned honors in every academic program she has been in in the US, including President’s Scholar and STEM Awards; in Russia, she earned the Red Diploma, the highest honor available, while earning one of two Bachelor’s Degrees. During her university years in Russia, Milla was a professional ballet dancer with the Moscow State Dance Company of Russia. Now, during her US studies, Milla is a tutor for younger students, a paralegal intern with the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, and a member of the Nurse Shadowing Experience at various hospitals and nursing and rehab centers. She is the sole source of income and support for her parents, who are both living with health concerns that keep them from living independently. Milla is deeply connected to her Jewish roots and feels it is her mission to remain connected to the Jewish community as a way of honoring her ancestors. 

Yana Bakman arrived as a refugee at the age of 19, with her mother and two grandmothers. She began working immediately, and driving soon after. She helped out at home as necessary, and worked diligently in school to earn her Nursing license, then her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a 3.7 GPA. She has been an intensive care critical care nurse for 15 years, and is currently enrolled in a Nurse Anesthetist graduate program. To increase her chances of acceptance, she enrolled in two graduate science classes and completed both in the top 5-10% of her class. She remains dedicated to work while raising her family with her husband and caring for her grandmothers. 

Purdue Scholars award

Victoria Intelegator is studying Business Management and Marketing at Purdue University, where she is active with Hillel. Victoria spends much of her free time with young children, including helping organize a carnival at Purdue; volunteering at a Russian day care throughout high school, and working as a summer camp director. While at the day care, she was a source of comfort and support for parents who were newer immigrants to the US, as they and their young children were assimilating into their new communities. She is highly respected by members of Hillel, teachers and friends at school, and is committed to succeeding not only for herself, but for her parents and for her six-year-old brother. 



On behalf of the Board, program team, volunteers and clients,

Congratulations to our wonderful young scholars!

The 2014 HIAS Chicago Academic Scholarship Application period is now closed.  

Please follow the links below for additional information about our scholarships.

Click here for HIAS Chicago Undergraduate Scholarships.

Click here for HIAS Chicago Graduate Scholarships.

“As an immigrant, being able to go to college and choosing who I want to be in life is a cherished gift. Living in a country where one can achieve their potential and shape their future is a treasured privilege”.
~ Former Scholarship Applicant
“The fact that I can simply breathe in a country that lets me live free, study in a school in a different language than my first, and make friends with people I would have never known otherwise is amazing”.
~ Former Scholarship Applicant

Through the generosity of HIAS Chicago’s friends and supporters, since 1991 we have been fortunate to be able to provide academic scholarships to an extremely impressive group of young scholars who immigrated to the Chicago area with the assistance of HIAS Chicago. By recognizing their achievements, we are able to acknowledge the significant leadership and community contributions that are being made by immigrants to our community and to help these scholars to further prepare themselves to become our leaders of tomorrow.

These scholarships include:

  • HIAS Chicago Benton-Bernstein Scholarships for those entering the helping professions
  • Tilly Warshaw Scholarship for high school graduates
  • The Max and Anna Warshofsky Scholarship
  • The Michael Polsky Family Scholarship Funds for high school graduates and career enhancement
  • Ruth Schultz Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Bernard Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund

“I have boundless gratitude for the work of HIAS Chicago and other Jewish social service agencies. Without your passions for change, I would not be able to pursue mine”.

~ Former Scholarship Applicant
“My story is similar to thousands of others due to the work that HIAS Chicago has done for years. Without the help of HIAS Chicago I would not be the person I am today, and for that I am deeply grateful. As a student in a health profession, I am often reminded by faculty that I will have the power to save lives, but I know that my life too was once saved, and that is something I will never forget”.
~ Former Scholarship Applicant
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