Jefferies Scholarship
Jefferies Scholarship


We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Jefferies Family Scholarship, which is awarded to the children of Jefferies employees who have demonstrated outstanding achievement inside and outside the classroom. Collectively, 65 students will receive a total of $791,500 in scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year. This is an all-time high number of awards and dollars awarded, with 15 more recipients and $178,000 more in scholarships than last year.

For the 43rd consecutive year, the Jefferies Family Scholarship has provided awards to recognize the distinction in our employee’s children. Our independent selection committee carefully reviewed and scored each of the 139 eligible new applications, awarding educational scholarships of $12,500 to 29 new recipients and 32 renewing applicants for the upcoming school year. Additionally, one lucky applicant was selected in the Application Incentive Award drawing for $3,000, while two others were selected to receive the Jefferies Award of Merit, which includes a $3,000 scholarship. Finally, one student demonstrating they could most benefit from an educational scholarship was selected to receive the Carl Hathaway Memorial Award, worth $15,000.

These awards would not be possible without the generous donations from Jefferies and our many contributors, and we thank all our donors. To see our list of donors, please visit our Degrees of Giving page found on the website under Support JFS.

We thank all our applicants and their parents, especially those completing the short form application increasing the number of scholarships available, as the total number of scholarships is limited by an IRS rule to 25% of the total applicant pool.

We commend this year’s recipients and graduates for the excellence they represent in our scholarship program and our firm, and also congratulate the employees whose children were selected for an award. Finally, we want to thank the JFS Selection Committee, Board of Directors, and Program Coordinator who devote countless hours every year to this worthwhile endeavor.

Warm Regards,

JFS Co-Chairmen Jeff and Chris

Jefferies Family Scholarship Board of Directors

Jeff Agnew, Co-Chairman - Corporate Human Resources, New York

Chris Kanoff, Co-Chairman - Investment Banking, Los Angeles

Mo Ahmed - Fixed Income, Distressed Trading, New York

Chanel Brewster, Independent Director

Larry Dunn, Investment Chairman

Julia Dworkin - Equity, Prime Brokerage, New York

Richard Garrison, Treasurer - Corporate Tax, JFG, New York

Zachary Goldberg - Franchise Sales, Equity, New York

Paul Gray – Equity Cash Sales, Boston

Mark Sahler - Corporate Operations, Jersey City

Jason Schechter - Fixed Income, US SMG, New York

Carrera Jefferies Shea, Secretary

Chase Upshaw - Fixed Income, Municipal Securities, New York

2023 Educational Scholarship Recipients

Vincent Adevai
New York Law School
Son of Denise Gibbs, New York  

Geyanjali Reddy Alla

Rutgers University
Business Analytics and Information Technology
Daughter of Mallikharjuna Reddy Alla, New York

Ifeayo Bakare
The Chapin School
General Studies
Daughter of Wale Bakare, New York

Rithvik Bonagiri
University of Maryland or Other TBD
Computer Science
Son of Shyam Bonagiri, Jersey City

Packer Butler
College/University TBD
Utah Valley University
Son of David Butler, Salt Lake City

Benjamin Cahn
Molloy U. or Nassau College - TBD Physical or Occupational Therapy
Son of Douglas Cahn, New York

Colin Correia
Xavier High School
General Studies
Son of Camilo Correia, Jersey City

Emily Corso
National University of Ireland, Galway Masters of
Literature and Publishing
Daughter of Charles Corso, New York

Sharon DeAzevedo
Rosemont College
MBA in Human Resources Management
Daughter of Barbara Goethe, Miami

Ria Dhillon
Durham University
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Daughter of Gurprit Dhillon, London

Kathy Guizar
San Jose State University
Behavioral Science
Daughter of Lety Lopez, Los Angeles

Sawyer Hertel
Wright State University
BFA in Performance Dance
Daughter of Stephanie Hertel, Nashville

Herrol Jean Philippe
Farmingdale State College
Liberal Arts
Son of Aline Jean Philippe, New York

Maya Jean Philippe
St John’s University
Daughter of Aline Jean Philippe, New York

Max Kwong
Waterloo or Toronto University - TBD
Computer Science
Son of Kai Cho Kwong, Jersey City

James Lee
Binghamton University
Accounting with Concentration in MIS
Son of Kevin Lee, New York

Monika Lee
Nassau Community College
Daughter of Kevin Lee, New York

Iara Luque
University of Delaware
Psychology and Criminal Justice
Daughter of Fabian Luque, New York

Kirsten McKenna
College of Charleston
Daughter of Francis McKenna, New York

Nicholas Monti
Rider University
A.I. / Cyber Security
Son of Adam Monti, Jersey City

Caterina O’Keefe
Boston University
Engineering and Computer Science
Daughter of Patrick O’Keefe, New York

Miguel O'Sullivan
College/University TBD
Computer Engineering
Son of Jane O'Sullivan, Madrid

Julius Pagan
East Carolina University
Son of Anna Pagan, Charlotte

Khushi Patel
College/University TBD
Daughter of Bhavesh Patel, New York

Anastasia Potylitsina
City, University of London
Graduate Entry Law LLB
Daughter of Nikolai Potylitsine, New York

Ho Ming Sit
University of Bristol or LSE - TBD
Son of Susan Shiu Hai Tsang, Hong Kong

Pooja Sonikar
Columbia University Medical School
Daughter of Sreenivas Sonikar, Jersey City

Roja Sonikar
New York or Georgetown University - TBD
Political Science
Daughter of Sreenivas Sonikar, Jersey City

Saakshi Vora
College/University TBD
Business Administration
Daughter of Ketan Vora, Mumbai

Lok Yan Lorraine Wong
College/University TBD
Daughter of Carol Cheung, Hong Kong

2023 Jefferies Award of Merit (JAM)

Nicole Hebert will begin her Master’s in Teaching with an emphasis in STEM education at the elementary school level. Her father, Robert Hebert is Head of Desktop Engineering in Jefferies’ Jersey City Office. In addition to the engraved crystal award, Nicole will also receive a $3,000 scholarship.

Sanya Shah will major in Psychology and Business as a freshman at Rutgers University. Her father, Pranav Shah is Global Head of Application Support in Jefferies’ Jersey City Office. In addition to the engraved crystal award, Sanja will also receive a $3,000 scholarship.

2023 Application Incentive Award (AIA)

This lucky applicant’s name was drawn at random from those not selected for another award, to receive a $3,000 scholarship, just for completing an application! Lila Naccari attends the University of Scranton where she is majoring in Occupational Therapy. Her father, Matthew Naccari, is a Senior Vice President in Fixed Income in Jefferies’ New York Office. 

2023 Alan Herrick Memorial Award (AHMA)

Captain of the varsity tennis, basketball, and lacrosse teams; involved is school clubs; recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award; and National Merit Finalist to name just a few of her recognitions, this year’s recipient demonstrates outstanding leadership and achievement in her community.

Caterina O’Keefe was selected to receive this year’s Alan Herrick Memorial Award. Alan is remembered as being a well-rounded, spirited and a passionate student athlete and artist. Each year, an educational scholarship recipient who best exhibits Alan's qualities of good sportsmanship, generosity to others, and/or involvement in the arts is selected for this honor, which comes with an engraved crystal award.

2023 Carl Hathaway Memorial Award (CHMA)

In memory of Chairman Emeritus Carl Hathaway, who served on the selection committee for 37 years, one applicant is selected to receive a larger scholarship of $15,000. This award is based on the applicant’s demonstration of the following characteristics, which Carl recognized as key to individual success: overcoming adversity; showing perseverance, grit, and drive; or coping with overwhelming factors to succeed. Highly involved in concert and marching band in both high school and college, Kathy Guizar has also worked full-time throughout her college career.

2023 Renewals

All 32 of the current JFS scholarship recipients who applied to have their scholarships renewed were approved. Congratulations to the parents of students who maintained full-time attendance and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher! This large number of renewals results from a change to the duration of the scholarship. Students may now apply to renew their scholarship for up to four years, before applying again as a new applicant. This means more students can rely on having the funds needed to complete their degrees.