College Scholarships Awarded to Local Area Students

April 17, 2023

by Jessi

Each year, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee awards education scholarships to qualified applicants attending College, Community College, Vocational/Technical School or University.  Chaired by Laura Briefman, this year the Education Scholarship committee, unlike in previous unique Covid prohibitive years, was thrilled to award $35,330.00 in college scholarships to 6 students for the 2022-2023 school year. The scholarships awarded went to students who demonstrated a commitment to community service and volunteerism, to hard work toward academic success, and/or financial need. 

“Every year when I read the scholarship applications I am so impressed with the involvement of the students in the community, and the passion they have for their future careers.  It is a privilege to help them achieve their dreams by providing college scholarships thru the Federation.” – Laura Briefman, Chair 

Kol haKavod (All our Respect) to our awardees: Brett McDowall, Alaya Knowlton, Axa Salas, Kyle Pac, Dana Molina, and Gryffin Wilkens-Plumley. 

Our awardees at a glance are majoring in: 

  • Marketing 
  • Business and Finance 
  • Urban Studies 
  • Philosophy 
  • Game Art/Computer Animation 
  • Zoo and Conservation Science 

For more information about the Federation’s Education Scholarships, please visit 

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