Moore Awards High School Student With New Mordechai Anielewicz Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts

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(Philadelphia) -- Moore College of Art & Design has awarded the first Mordechai Anielewicz Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts to Virginia Rodowsky, an 11th grade student from Wilmington, Delaware.

Rodowsky was awarded the scholarship of $5,000 per year of study at Moore for her participation in the annual Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition and Exhibition at the College. Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon announced the scholarship at a reception and awards ceremony held on June 2, 2014.

The Competition, now in its 41st year, provides students in grades 7-12 of all religious and ethnic backgrounds from parochial, private and public schools from throughout the region with an opportunity to respond to the Holocaust and its related issues through creative expression. It honors the memory of the young leader who led the Jewish uprising against Nazi tyranny in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Rodowsky’s art piece, titled Innocent, is a hand-stitched cotton square trimmed with lace which exhibits four hand printed images of young Holocaust victims.  The artist eloquently stitched the victims’ names in cursive around their faces representing a memorial of the innocent lives that were lost.

“Virginia Rodowsky was awarded the Mordechai Anielewicz Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts due to her innovative use of materials and her superior craftsmanship,” said Cara Croke, Admissions Counselor & Communications Coordinator.

Rodowsky, currently a student at Padua Academy, must apply and be accepted into the college in order to receive the scholarship.

“It was a big surprise and an honor to receive this award, especially for something about the Holocaust, which I think is really important for younger people and everyone to remember,” Rodowsky said.

 “I chose (for my piece) the experience of children in the Holocaust. I was thinking about the individual lives of children and remembering them.”

Maureen Pelta, PhD, Professor of Art History & Curatorial Studies, and Chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Moore, has chaired the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition since the late 1980s.

“Over the years we’ve had a number of Anielewicz contest winners attend Moore,” she said. “The new scholarship will provide a wonderful opportunity for a talented young woman from the Philadelphia area to attend Moore.”

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia helps sponsor the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition.

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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, through its Jewish Community Relations Council,  offers an assortment of Holocaust programs throughout the year that heighten public awareness about the Holocaust (especially among youth), honor survivors and use lessons from the Holocaust to teach tolerance in our diverse society.  Its programs serve to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in conversations about the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust and its lessons.  For more information about Holocaust programming sponsored by JFGP, visit

Published on June 13th, 2014