Jewish Educational Loan Fund's Virtual No Go Event will feature author of GRIT and 2013 MacArthur fellow Angela Duckworth. Angela Duckworth is a Professor of Psychology, founder and CEO of Character Lab, a non-profit with a mission to advance the science and practice of character development. Considered one of the most coveted speakers in her field, her TED Talk on grit has been viewed by millions. She has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, as well as Fortune 500 CEOs. Angela graduated with a degree in neurobiology from Harvard, followed by a neuroscience degree from Oxford and a doctorate in psychology from University of Pennsylvania.
JELF has been helping the Jewish community since 1889 when the doors of the Hebrew Orphans’ Home opened in Atlanta. Over the last 130+ years, the organization morphed twice: first, in 1931, when it became Jewish Children’s Services, and then, as the organization had already begun granting interest-free loans in the early-60’s, it formally changed its name to JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund) in 1989.
Our mission is very simple — JELF provides interest-free, last dollar loans for higher education to Jewish students in need in FL, GA, NC, SC and VA (excluding metro-DC). Higher education includes college, graduate school or any other degree-granting vocational programs.
Jewish students within the 5-state region are eligible to apply for JELF’s interest-free loans. JELF loans are need-based and it is the goal of the organization to serve as the last dollars a student needs to actually go to school. For more about the history of the organization, or complete set of loan criteria, visit jelf.org.