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9.19.14 Issue

by Mary Sue Grossman, The Center for Jewish Life

The Financial Aid Committee of the Center for Jewish Life is pleased to announce that Tyler Siegel was selected as the 2014 recipient of the David Keiser and Lillian Keiser Stoms Foundation Education Endowment Fund for Academic Excellence Scholarship. This is the only merit based scholarship granted by the committee. While based strictly on scholarship, with high school grade point averages and SAT/ACT scores used as the primary measure, a prerequisite for consideration is that the recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the Jewish community.

Tyler, the son of Andrea and Mike Siegel, is a graduate of Westside High School. He took numerous AP and Honors courses, was an Academics Scholar during his freshman and sophomore years and was a member of National Honor Society. Tyler received the UNO/UNL Outstanding Economics Student Award and the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.

Tyler was also involved in DECA, serving as a board member. He and his partner placed first in the financial division of state competition and were finalists in the International DECA competitions. He was also a member of Westside’s Future Problem Solvers (FPS). Not always in the classroom, Tyler is an avid tennis player and served as captain of Westside’s varsity tennis team.

Tyler has been very active in BBYO and was a member of Mother Chapter AZA #1. In addition to serving in a number of leadership roles for the chapter, he also served as vice president and president of BBYO’s Omaha Council.

Tyler is attending the University of Michigan and plans to major in electrical engineering. When asked into which field he plans to go in the future, Tyler commented he has so many interests and an engineering degree will fortunately give him a variety of options in a wide array of fields. When asked about the potential loyalty conflict between Michigan and Nebraska, he said it will be a great problem to have when they play each other for the Big Ten championship in the next four years.

Dorothy Spizman, chair of the Financial Aid Committee, presented Tyler with the award. “It is a pleasure each year to read of the accomplishments of the scholarship applicants.  The hard work and involvement of the teens is always impressive.” Spizman added “Tyler’s academic achievements are remarkable and I have no doubt that he will be a great success in whatever he chooses to do.”

Lillian Keiser Stoms and her brother David Stoms were native Omahans, and this fund was established in their memory by their niece, Sally Clayman. In addition to the Academic Excellence award, there are two other scholarships that were also established in memory of David Keiser and Lillian Keiser Stoms. The Lillian Keiser Stoms Educational Fund was established to benefit and assist in the education of Jewish youth living in a single parent family or Jewish single parents who have custody of their children. The David Keiser and Lillian Keiser Stoms Foundation Education Endowment Fund was created to provide funding for university scholarships to Jewish youth who have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA. Both funds are awarded based on financial need.

For information on any scholarship program, please call Mary Sue Grossman, Program Coordinator for the Center for Jewish Life at 402.334.6445. Those interested in contributing to or endowing scholarship funds should contact Howard Epstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, at 402.334.6466.