Moriah Barber of Eugene Receives NCSY-Touro College Scholarship
Moriah Barber of Eugene has been selected to receive the prestigious Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander ZT”L Scholarship given jointly by Touro College and NCSY. Barber will attend Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School at Touro beginning in the fall of 2014.
Touro College, which has long enjoyed a close working relationship with the Orthodox Union, offers scholarships to outstanding NCSY graduates who choose to attend one of Touro’s Lander Colleges in New York City: Lander College for Men in Queens, Lander College for Women – The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School in Manhattan, and Lander College of Arts & Sciences-Flatbush.
The scholarships, in memory of Touro’s Founding President Dr. Bernard Lander zt”l and his wife Sarah Rivkah, were announced by Touro President and CEO Dr. Alan Kadish and Orthodox Union President Martin Nachimson.
“Dr. Lander always insisted that Touro offer scholarship opportunities to outstanding NCSY leaders,” Dr. Kadish said. “We have presented over $2 million dollars in such scholarships over the years, and it is only appropriate that these scholarships bear Dr. Lander’s name and the name of his beloved wife, Sarah Rivkah.”
Mr. Nachimson added, “These scholarships represent yet another significant link between the Orthodox Union and The Touro College and University system noting that NCSY also offers scholarship assistance that enables these exceptional future leaders to attend school in Israel prior to enrolling in one of the Lander Colleges.
NCSY’s Oregon director, Meira Spivak said that “Moriah joined NCSY less than three years ago. Her personal growth is an inspiration to all of us. Who would have imagined that this soft spoken 15-year-old experiencing her first traditional Shabbat would come back time after time until she would become an acclaimed role model for teenagers from far more Jewish vibrant educational and family backgrounds? Her story is the story of the triumph of commitment and dedication over seemingly insurmountable obstacles.”
Marian Stoltz-Loike, dean of Lander College for Women – The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, commented on the meaningful bond that exists between OU’s NCSY and Touro College. “Year after year, it is hardly a surprise that a large portion of our students come from the ranks of NCSY. This reflects the unmatched emphasis that NCSY places on empowering and inspiring the next generation of Jewish leadership.”
NCSY International Director Rabbi Micah Greenland said that each scholarship recipient’s “commitment to continued personal growth and pursuit of academic excellence is reflected in her welcomed decision to attend Touro’s Lander College for Women.”
Other scholarship recipients are Caitlyn Franks of Baltimore, Md.; Jamie Epstein of Memphis, Tenn.; Emma O’Quin of Tacoma, Wash; Nicki Feerst of Long Beach, N.Y.; Sara Lederer of Bergenfield, N.J.; and Natasha Zucker of Minneapolis, Minn.
Dr. Bernard Lander served as Founder and president of Touro for almost 40 years, until his passing on February 8, 2010 at the age of 94. He built Touro from a fledgling institution with only 35 students in 1971 to an educational powerhouse with more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students across the United States and in Israel, Germany, France and Russia, making Touro the largest not-for-profit independent institution of higher and professional education under Jewish auspices. Touro and its affiliates offer superior yeshiva and other Torah educational opportunities, along with myriad of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs for the general population.
NCSY is the international youth arm of the Orthodox Union. Since 2011 Touro College together with the Orthodox Union have offered full tuition scholarships to outstanding NCSY graduates who choose to attend one of Touro’s Lander Colleges in New York City. The scholarship is in memory of Dr. Bernard Lander, who helped found NCSY as well as Touro College.