History and Partnerships
The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program was established in 1988 by The Wexner Foundation to encourage promising candidates to successfully meet the challenges of professional Jewish leadership in the North American Jewish community. Wexner Graduate Fellowships are awarded each year to 20 outstanding individuals who seek to prepare themselves through graduate training or professional development for careers in the Cantorate, Jewish Education, Jewish Professional Leadership, Jewish Studies, and the Rabbinate.
In 2005, Leslie and Abigail Wexner launched a philanthropic partnership with William z"l and Karen Davidson. This partnership established an annual cohort of ten Davidson Scholars as part of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Owing to this collaboration with the William Davidson Foundation, ten fellows in each new fellowship class are selected in the career areas of Jewish Education and Jewish Professional Leadership, and designated as Davidson Scholars.