Scholarship Testimonial: Max Schechter

August 3, 2021

I’ve been fortunate that my folks have always provided for me in every capacity. However, like many parents of 18-year old’s, paying for four years of college is a heavy financial burden that can be difficult to overcome without assistance. Student loans are of course an option, but the prospect of spending years paying them off is just as daunting. I decided to explore scholarship options in the summer of 2020. Thankfully, I connected with Beth Keough, Director of Philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, who informed me of college scholarships available through Federation. Beth helped me navigate the process and informed me of other financial assistance options. In the end, I was awarded with a generous scholarship which I used to attend Schreiner University. My freshman year I picked up a part time job to offset other costs, played Division III tennis, and met my current girlfriend, all while excelling in my classes and making the President’s List with a 4.0 GPA. As I prepared for my sophomore year, I once again applied and received a scholarship from Federation. My folks consider themselves just as fortunate, as I do, with my dad saying, “What a lifesaver! They’re all mensches. Without the Federation’s assistance, I didn’t know how my son’s tuition, room and board, plus other expenses, would’ve been realized.” None of my success or higher-learning accomplishments could have been possible without the input of Beth and her colleagues who represent the Federation. I will forever be grateful for all the help they provided. Scholarship applications will open again in early spring 2022 for Jewish camp, high school, undergraduate, and graduate studies.

Reach out to Beth Keough, Director of Philanthropy, at, to learn more.

Contact Beth Keough, Director of Philanthropy, or Janet Irwine, CFO, at 210-302-6960 to discuss how you can create a scholarship endowment.


*This article is featured on page 17 in the Jewish Journal Rosh Hashanah print edition