Anne Scheiber’s Generous Gift Helps Educate a New Generation of Healers

This year's recipients of the Anne Scheiber Scholarship, all Stern College grads.

Aug 7, 2007 — Anne Scheiber, who left $22 million to fund a scholarship for deserving Stern College for Women students accepted into YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, would be proud of the women who are benefiting from her generosity this year. Hailing from across the United States and from countries including Israel, Canada, and Ukraine, the 2007 recipients of the Anne Scheiber Scholarship abundantly reflect the donor’s requirement that the awardees be Stern graduates who plan “to assist in the development of humanity, and alleviate pain and suffering.”

“It’s an unimaginable dream not to have the burden of loans when pursuing your career,” said Shulamit Roditi-Kulak ’05S, from Newton, MA. “I’ve gotten so much help from Stern, I hope to be able to give something back.”

Before coming to Stern, Roditi-Kulak spent a year in Israel in Sherut Leumi, a program of volunteer service, working at Shaare Tzedek Hospital. Her exposure there to the field of pediatric oncology set her on her present course. More recently, she worked on Einstein’s Institutional Review Board, which protects the rights of human subjects in research.

Yelena Kozirovsky ’07S, whose family hails from Ukraine, said she feels “blessed” to have been accepted into medical school. “It’s particularly hard when you’re an immigrant and you have to start new and build relationships at school that other students already have,” Kozirovsky said. The biology major, who has volunteered at the cancer research lab at Beth Israel Hospital, would ultimately like to work in oncology.

Helen Nissim ’07S developed an interest in both science and medicine while growing up in Los Angeles and Israel. “I enjoyed the exhilaration that came from tackling a difficult scientific problem,” she said. After high school she volunteered in an organization for children with chronic diseases, an experience that convinced her that medicine was her calling.

Nissim is grateful that, having received the Scheiber Scholarship, she can now pursue her goal of becoming a physician “and being a productive individual in my community.”

“With the practice of medicine in so much flux, it is inspiring to know that so many Stern College women—who possess the intellectual skills to solve problems and the empathic skills to care for others—are entering the profession,” said Karen Bacon, PhD, The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Stern. “They can and will make a difference.”

The scholarship was endowed by Anne Scheiber upon her death in 1995 and started distributing funds during the 2002-2003 school year. The amounts awarded, which are based upon financial need, range in value up to full tuition for all four years of medical school. To qualify, the students also need to show leadership potential, initiative, or creative excellence and indicate a desire to help humanity through their studies.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1893, Scheiber paid her way through law school, and found employment as a federal tax auditor. Throughout her 23-year career, she received superior performance reviews, but was never promoted, which she attributed to being Jewish and a woman. When she retired she devoted herself to investing in the stock market, where religion and gender didn’t matter. She had an acute understanding of the stock market and an uncanny ability in investing.

“It’s unbelievably humbling to hear the story of Anne Scheiber and how she made her money, only to give it away to people she would never meet,” said Shulamit Roditi-Kulak.

This year’s recipients of the Anne Scheiber Scholarship are:
Elisheva Levine
Michelle Simpser
Tehilla Stepansky
Amanda Weiss
Helen Nissim
Ariella Nadler
Jordanna Platt
Shulamit Roditi-Kulak
Yelena Kozirovsky

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