Dr. LaMar Miller, dean of the Touro College Graduate School of Education, was the keynote speaker at the 19th Annual Scholarship Presentation of the Rose Biller Endowment Fund of the UJA-Federation of New York. The event was held in August at the UJA-Federation of New York.
A total of $1 million in scholarships was awarded to 407 of New York’s most talented and needy Jewish graduate and undergraduate students in higher education. The program is administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society.
Touro students make up 102 of the total number of Biller recipients, receiving $220,000 of the total scholarship aid. The Touro students attend Touro’s Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, and Touro College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Miller, a nationally recognized educator, spoke about the value of work, the importance of higher education, and the role of communal responsibility in providing access to higher education. He also discussed the program at the Touro Graduate School of Education, and the value of education in improving one’s success in life.
The presentation was held in conjunction with the Rose Biller Career Fair, whose theme this year was “Careers in Nonprofit Communal Service.” Scholarship recipients from diverse backgrounds networked with professionals from nonprofit agencies who provided information about the variety of job paths within communal service, as well as job openings and paid internships available at their own organizations.
Established in 1993, Touro’s Graduate School of Education currently enrolls approximately 3,600 students, most in Master of Science programs in education and special education. The school is the largest provider of new special-education teachers to New York City’s public schools, and one of the largest providers of teachers to “high-need schools”—those that face special challenges in helping students succeed.