The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and St. Augustine High School, on behalf of philanthropist Emily Schoenbaum, announced the creation of the Alex Schoenbaum Jewish Scholarship Fund.
The fund named in honor Emily’s father, will be inaugurating the awarding of two $1,000 scholarships to two students at a ceremony on St. Augustine’s campus on Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m. The Schoenbaum scholarships are designed to offset the recipients’ St. Augustine tuition costs.
Alex Schoenbaum was an All-American football player at Ohio State University and the founder of the Shoney’s Restaurant chain. A generous philanthropist himself, he frequently awarded scholarships to deserving students during his lifetime. He died in 1996 at the age of 81.
“I am proud to continue my father’s legacy of paying it forward, and I am honored to be assisting promising young students at such a revered institution,” Emily Schoenbaum said. “I hope these scholarships help the students have both illustrious careers and compassionate hearts.”
The scholarship award ceremony will be held in conjunction with an assembly and student panel discussion on African-American and Jewish relations led by faith leaders from both communities.