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How Jewish will You be at College?

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For the past nine years, Marilyn and Stuart Cole have been challenging Jewish students to think about their Jewish options at college.  This year, will be no different.  Once again they’re asking the same question, and offering serious money for those who give it serious thought.

The David and Irene Cole Essay Contest rewards high school seniors for expressing their thoughts and choices about their Judaism while away at college.   The essay encourages them to contemplate the “how” as well as the “whys” of Jewish university life.

The winning essay will receive $1000. Second and third prize will be $500 and $250. The contest is open to any Columbus area Jewish high school senior graduating this May or June.  The winning essay and finalists will be announced at the JCC’s Jewish Experiences for Teens (JET) city-wide program in May.

The essay contest, named in memory of Stuart Cole’s parents, aims to challenge students to consider their future college Jewish experiences. “We take great pride in having the ability to leave a legacy for our children, grandchildren and the entire Columbus Jewish community.  Hopefully, our Jewish beliefs, traditions and history will be maintained by all,” said Marilyn Cole about her motivation for renewing the essay contest.

The 2015 Cole Essay Contest will accept completed applications and essays on “How I will perpetuate my Jewish knowledge and practice as a college freshman, and why” through 9:00 a.m., April 13, 2015. Early submissions are encouraged.  Application forms and essay requirements are available on-line at www.columbusjewishfoundation.org/coleessay, by calling the Foundation office at 614-338-2365 or via e-mail at ColeEssay@tcjf.org.

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