Carolyn Eisen Memorial Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Every year, we seek to find a young Jewish woman that embraces academia, family, Jewish identity, community, and leadership – values that were central to Carolyn who was an active leader in NCJW.

2021 Scholarship Recipient – Mayan Caplan

I’m Mayan Caplan, a Boggle aficionado, powerlifter, reader, and writer. I graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at George Washington High School and will be now attending Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where I plan to pursue a history major alongside a pre-medicine track. I have a deep love for telling stories, whether that’s through performance—I was involved in speech and debate and theater in high school—or writing. My works (mainly poetry) have been published in various journals and anthologies, and for three years I served on the Editorial Board of jGirls Magazine, which is geared toward Jewish teenage girls. I am also engaged in my Jewish community through volunteering for my congregation and through my work as a shomeret. I’m so excited to see how my passions for learning, self-expression, and Jewish involvement manifest as I enter this new chapter in college.

2020 Scholarship Recipient – Elizabeth Ruzicka

My name is Elizabeth Ruzicka, and I am from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I graduated from the Steamboat Springs High School in May of 2020. This fall, I will be attending the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. I plan on pursuing a degree in engineering physics. I also aspire to earn my secondary teacher’s license in math and science. In high school, I was an active member of my high school’s drama troupe. As the student technical director, I pursued my passions for set design and construction as well as sound engineering. Also throughout high school, I was a dancer, choreographer, and producer of an annual student-led dance showcase. In addition, I volunteered time to community dance theatre, my congregation, and a local STEM education camp. My creative and volunteer pursuits coupled with my interests in math and science have guided me toward my current ambition to study engineering.

Watch my acceptance video