Jewish teens eligible for Diller scholarships

Staff Report

The Helen Diller Family Foundation is seeking nominations of five Jewish teenagers in California who could each win a $36,000 scholarship for “extraordinary leadership in repairing the world.”

The foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, will give out the 2018 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

Now entering its 12th year, the national award annually recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens with $36,000 each for extraordinary leadership in repairing the world. Up to five teens from California and ten from communities across the United States will be recognized for their humanitarian efforts.

Nominators can visit www.dillerteenawards.org to begin the nomination and application process. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 18, and the deadline for applications is Jan. 8, 2018.

Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller launched the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards in 2007 to recognize and encourage the next generation of social change-makers embodying the spirit of tikkun olam, a Jewish precept meaning to repair the world.

Beyond bolstering national recognition of the teens and their projects, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards foster a growing network of award recipient alumni collaborating on leadership, innovation, and volunteer service across the nation. Previous award recipients from all over the country have taken on issues as diverse as homelessness, gun violence, rare diseases, social and economic inequality, and education gaps.

They have been recognized by some of the world’s foremost institutions and leaders, including the United Nations Foundation, the White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, Forbes 30 Under 30, the Jefferson Awards, CNN Heroes and the Nickelodeon HALO Awards.

For more information, email dillerteenaward@sfjcf.org or call (415) 512-6432.

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