The Stephen Odzer Foundation committee will soon announce the winners of the scholarship program. The Stephen Odzer Scholarship Program provided 20 scholarships valued at $1000 each. “Education is one of the most important aspects of growth, and I want to help ensure that students can achieve their academic goals and success by limiting the financial burden the system has placed on higher education,” said Steven Odzer when he announced the creation of the Stephen Odzer Scholarship program.
The purpose of this scholarship is to get students closer to their goal of attending college. Those students who applied for the award had to be enrolled in a college or a university. High school students were also eligible if they have a college acceptance letter. Winners of the scholarship will receive their award to start the fall 2020 term.
Students who decided to apply for the award had to submit proof of enrollment or acceptance, and they had to write a 500-word essay answering the question, “What is the biggest issue facing our modern society.” Future applicants can learn more about future scholarship opportunities by visiting https://www.stephenodzerscholarship.com/.
“The Stephen Odzer Scholarship Program is a way for me to give back to the community,” Steven Odzer says. Although he is now a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years in the distribution industry, Stephen Odzer started his first company out of his parent’s basement at the age of 18. Steven Odzer attended Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and moved to the Brooklyn College Scholars program. With his first business, Steven Odzer sold paper cups, napkins, and plates, which he sold door to door in his neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. After his door to door business took off, Steven Odzer started selling supplies to food chain restaurants, and overtime his clients transitioned to hospitals and nursing homes.
Steven Odzer is also a supporter of non-Jewish and Jewish causes including, Bris Avrohom, a large non-profit that helps Jewish immigrants from Russia integrate into life in the U.S. and continue to foster their religious traditions. Aside from assisting young students to achieve their dreams, Steven Odzer supports the Arab-Jewish business cooperation, non-Jewish causes, and the AHRC, a non-profit that benefits individuals and children suffering from intellectual disabilities.
In his free time, Steven Odzer likes to spend time with his seven children and attending a Yankees game. He also mentions his grandkids keep him on his toes, and Steven is about to welcome his 10th grandchild.