Every year, the Third Year Council offers ring scholarships to deserving members of the class, who are selected through a blind, rigorous application process. This year, along with the ring scholarships, the Ring Ceremony Committee of Third Year Council started an outreach effort. The ring sponsorship program empowers student organizations to recognize outstanding third years within their communities.
Seventeen student organizations applied for the 3 available sponsorships. The decision was very difficult! Multiple members of the Ring Ceremony Committee of Third Year Council read each organization's application, scored the application based on a rubric, and we were ultimately able to select 3 amazing student organizations, one of them being the Jewish Leadership Council! JLC received the scholarship because the selection committee felt that their application really showcased the dedicated spirit of the organization. It was a pleasure to read and learn about what JLC does, the community it serves, and its impact on the larger University community!
The JLC then had its own independent application and selection process that involved the entire Jewish community. They accepted nominations for third-year members that contribute to the vibrancy of Jewish life on Grounds. JLC then created a selection committee of past leaders in the UVA Jewish community to choose the recipient. The committee blindly read nominations and picked a recipient. We are happy to announce the scholarship has been awarded to Talia Sion!
Talia is incredibly committed to both the Jewish and larger University community. She serves as a Days on the Lawn Team Leader, Orientation Senior Leader, FYC co-chair in the Jewish Community, and is currently spearheading the new initiative called "Jewmans of UVA," highlighting the stories and experiences of Jewish students at the University. For much of Talia's time at the University she has actively worked to make others feel welcome and engaged in the communities she loves so much. She proudly shares both her WaHoo and WaJew pride.
JLC is thrilled to honor an outstanding leader of both the Jewish community and Third Year class. We hope her ring will symbolize and commemorate all she has done for these two communities!
VP of Third Year Council
The Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia, is the focal point in a renaissance of Jewish life for the 1,000 Jewish students on Grounds.