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87 Professional Center and Y Workers in Graduate Schools Under Grants

A total of 87 future professional Jewish community center and YM & YWHA workers are now students in graduate schools of social work under 110 scholarship and fellowship grants valued at $195,300, Louis Stern, president of the National Jewish Welfare Board, said today. These are 18 more students than received similar grants last year. Fifty-eight of the grants are sponsored by local Jewish Community Centers and YM & YWHAs affiliated with JWB; 38 are made through the JWB Regions and 22 are national grants. Five of the scholarships were especially earmarked for women students of graduate social work schools, to help overcome the shortage of fellowships for women preparing themselves for careers in Jewish community centers and YM & YWHAs.

With nearly 1,400 full-time professional persons employed in centers and Ys, the immediate need is for an additional 200 staff members. In addition, at least 60 new Jewish community center and YM & YWHA buildings are projected, which will increase considerably the demand for professional personnel.

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