Peter Chortek Leadership Award

Do you know someone who demonstrates excellence in community service, leadership, and philanthropy?

The Peter Chortek Leadership Award recognizes Jewish high school students in San Diego who are making a difference in our community by taking tikkun olam to the next level through their innovative leadership and passion. Award recipients will receive:

  • $5,400 Stipend
  • $540 to establish a Donor Advised Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation
  • Professional Video about the recipient’s project

 

Peter Chortek Leadership Award Videos

You’re the Perfect Candidate if you:

  • Have organized and led an extraordinary tikkun olam project that has benefited others, your neighborhood, the community, the environment, or the world.
  • Have demonstrated initiative, passion and positive spirit, and have inspired others to make a difference.
  • Have created awareness about your issue, cause, or project.
  • Have a long-term vision for the growth and sustainability of your work.
  • Are currently in high school, and have been involved with your project for at least one year prior to application.
Congratulations to the 2022 Recipients!

Elinor Amir-Lobel

Elinor Amir-LobelElinor Amir-Lobel, a senior at La Jolla Country Day, was recognized for serving as the co-president of Female Empowerment and Education of Leaders (FEEL). This is a student organization at La Jolla Country Day School campus that creates an open space to discuss issues concerning sexism and inequality in the broader community.

Watch Elinor’s Video

Kiara Blacher

Kiara BlacherKiara Blacher is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy who created Kids for a Cure, a charity organization that raises money for children suffering from medical issues. Kiara has made it her mission to promote accessibility to support and provide medical care for those who cannot afford it.

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Kate Chasin

Kate ChasinKate Chasin is a senior at Canyon Hills and is the co-chair of the Student Wellness Education Awareness and Resources (SWEAR) Committee. SWEAR is a student-led group that advocates for student mental health in the San Diego Unified School District.

Watch Kate’s Video

Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients!

Lola and Sophie Bulkin

Sophie and Lola BulkinLola and Sophie Bulkin will be beginning their senior year at Del Norte High School and are the co-Founders of the Together as One movement. These twins, together with a childhood friend, created this movement to educate teens about the prejudices experienced by their peers to eliminate those biases and spread unity and positivity. They spread this message by sharing their own stories, spreading kindness throughout the community, and bringing people together. Lola and Sophie have also placed importance on donating money to various causes, including teen mental health. Their message has reached ten high school campuses both locally and internationally.

Watch Lola and Sophie’s Video

Ashley Cohen

Ashley CohenAshley Cohen will be beginning her senior year at the Lawrenceville School and created Helping the Hungry Virtually. Ashley saw how many members of the community were being affected by COVID-19 and wanted to help provide those people with as much food as possible. Her project is now in seven states around the country and has provided over 200 families with gift cards to various supermarkets. Ashley found a group of teens from all over the nation and united them with the common interest of helping people dealing with food insecurity due to COVID-19. Ashley is committed to continuing this project into the future.

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Natalie Goldwasser

Natalie Goldwasser Natalie Goldwasser will be beginning her senior year at The Bishops School. Her project addresses the issue of education inequity. Natalie started her own organization called Kids Too that has donated over five thousand dollars’ worth of school supplies to students at under-resourced schools across San Diego County. She made it her mission to inspire others who are driven towards community service to go out and pursue that idea. Natalie said that from a young age she cared about the under-privileged students at her school and wanted to do something to help. She has made that vision a reality.

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Abigail Holman

Abigail HolmanAbigail Holman will be beginning her senior year at La Jolla Country Day and is the current president of Serving Spoons, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers healthy meals to families in need. Abigail assumed the leadership role in July of 2018, and has poured herself into the organization, increasing the number of people they help from 17 to 32 people, in 10 different families, each month. Abigail combines her love of cooking with her passion for community service to help those who suffer from food insecurity. Abigail believes that the best part is not just serving others, it is getting to talk the people she is helping and learn more about them.

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About Peter Chortek z”l

His passion and focus was Jewish education, believing quality Jewish education would ensure a vibrant Jewish future.

Jeffrey D. Sollender Scholarship

Jeffrey D. Sollender
Jeffrey D. Sollender

Recognizing outstanding teens excelling in entrepreneurial ventures, community service, or in the workplace.

Jeff Sollender was a highly accomplished entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist with boundless energy and optimism who was always available to help others in pursuit of their dreams. He was the founder and/or board member of numerous biotech companies and is remembered for his wit, brilliance, creativity and devotion to his family. The Scholarship was established to continue his legacy of helping others to achieve their potential and contribute to the world.

  • Scholarships range from $2000 – $5000 per student annually and can be renewed for up to 4 years.

 

2022 Sollender Scholarship Flyer

You’re the Perfect Candidate if you:

  • Graduating high school senior in San Diego County who plans to attend a four-year college or university. Funds may be applied to college tuition, room and board, and fees.

  • Must demonstrate outstanding achievement in entrepreneurial ventures, community service, or the workplace.

  • Have a minimum 3.2/4.0 GPA.

  • Have a gross family income of no more than $80,000 per year.

  • Provide a completed FAFSA or CA Dream Act and Student Aid Report (SAR)