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Leadership Scholars



Become a Leadership Scholar…

The Leadership Scholars are a cohort of incoming undergraduates in Stern College for Women, Yeshiva College and Sy Syms School of Business who demonstrate excellence in academics and have a proven track record of leadership in high school and beyond.

Leadership Scholars will participate in ongoing seminars, extra-curricular leadership activities, and cohort-based programming. They will also benefit from mentorship opportunities and customized internships. The program will develop both the leadership skills and the conceptual leadership frameworks of those seeking careers in non-profit management, in the business sector, in education, or communal work.

Awardees will receive a $25,000 scholarship for up to three years.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Leadership Scholars is a three-year cohort-based undergraduate experience. Current freshmen, transfer students who will spend three years on campus and incoming undergraduates who have spent a minimum of one year in Israel starting on campus in Fall 2024, are eligible to apply.

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to strengthening the Jewish and wider community through chessed-based work, activism, volunteerism or social justice initiatives. They have held significant leadership roles and intend to enhance their leadership in college and beyond.

Students can be in both the Honors Program and the Leadership Scholars Program consecutively but only qualify for one tuition-based scholarship.

Why Apply?

For the duration of their Yeshiva University experience, Leadership Scholars will learn to work collaboratively, think strategically and critically, and deepen their managerial skills, ultimately empowering them to achieve positions of influence professionally and in their future communal service.

Leadership Scholars will participate in enrichment experiences including:

  • Seminars and reading groups which will meet twice a month, focused on public speaking and communication, conflict management, strategic planning and other leadership tools
  • Project based learning
  • Opportunities to work closely with faculty on cohort related projects
  • Intellectual and cultural encounters
  • Mentoring relationships with business and communal leaders
  • Small group seminars with visiting dignitaries and community leaders
  • Service-based internships in NY, Washington D.C., and Israel
  • Participation at the General Assembly (JFNA), AIPAC, and other conferences
  • Dialogue Groups with student leaders at other universities
  • Potential travel experiences
  • Capstone project
  • Future alumni networking opportunities

Program Leadership

Dr. Erica Brown is the Vice Provost for Values and Leadership at Yeshiva University and the founding director of its Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks/Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership. She previously served as the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. Erica is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality. Erica has a daily podcast, “Take Your Soul to Work.” Her latest book Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Maggid) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

Erica is also the author of Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. Her previous books include Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal and co-authored The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (All Jewish Lights). She also wrote Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada, Leadership in the Wilderness, In the Narrow Places and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (All OU/Koren). She is currently working on a commentary on Ecclesiastes (Maggid).

She has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweeted on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown. She has master’s degrees from the Institute of Education (University of London), Jews’ College (University of London) and Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Baltimore Hebrew University. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She was the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York. She currently serves as a community scholar for Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, NJ. 

Erica Brown

Aliza Abrams Konig is the Senior Program Director of the Leadership Scholars at Yeshiva University, an undergraduate program to develop emerging leaders for the Jewish future. She formerly served as Yeshiva University’s Director of Alumni Engagement, Director of Student Life at Stern College, and as the Director of Jewish Service Learning, where she built the service-learning curriculum and established student travel missions around the world. Earlier in Aliza's career she served as Assistant Principal at Central, Yeshiva University High School for Girls. She has lectured on leadership, education, faith, prayer and issues related to the contemporary Jewish family; dating, infertility, surrogacy and family planning, in synagogues, community centers, and schools and serves as a consultant on experiential education.

Aliza is a member of the inaugural Wexner Field Fellows program through the Wexner Foundation. She has written for the YU Torah-to-Go series and is published in Ennoble and Enable: Essays in Honor of Richard M. Joel (Yeshiva University Press).

Aliza holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and a Master’s in Social Work from Y.U.’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Aliza and her family live in Riverdale, New York, where she volunteers with her synagogue and other non-profit organizations.  

Aliza Abrams Konig

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Aliza Abrams Konig 

Senior Program Director

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