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.

On behalf of my family, we are incredibly excited to announce the recipient of the 2020 Carolyn Eisen Memorial Education Scholarship – Elizabeth Ruzika of Steamboat Springs High School!  Elizabeth exemplifies all of these ideals.  It is an honor to present this award to a deserving candidate this year to foster her higher education goals.  Elizabeth will be attending the Colorado School of Mines to study Engineering Physics in the Fall (hopefully in person!).   She plans to be either an engineer or applied scientist. Elizabeth is also the daughter of a disabled parent which has both challenged and inspired her to help others.  She is excited about connecting with the dynamic college community of students who value connection, change, and creativity.

Although Steamboat has a small Jewish population, Elizabeth has maintained a strong Jewish identity.  She studied through her temple, Har Mishpacha, and became a Bat Mitzvah.  Someday she hopes to travel to Israel to continue to develop her Jewish identity.  In addition to her academic pursuits, Elizabeth is involved in the school drama program, school honor council, and National Honor Society.

We are thrilled to be giving this scholarship to such a deserving candidate and I look forward to meeting her in person very soon.

Watch the award announcement here.

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