Inaugural Alex Schoenbaum scholarships awarded to three St. Augustine students

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NEW ORLEANS – Alex Schoenbaum was an All-American for his play as a lineman at Ohio State in the late 1930s, but his daughter Emily acted more like a quarterback Wednesday.

After the announcement of two St. Augustine High School students as the first recipients of Alex Schoenbaum scholarships at a school assembly, Emily took the microphone once again and called an audible.

So impressed was she by the quality of the essays submitted by 80 Purple Knights regarding relations between the African-American and Jewish communities, she decided to add a third scholarship winner.

Marc Barnes, Michael Griffin and Bernard Johnson were honored as the scholarship recipients.

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(L to R) Arnie Fielkow, Emily Schoenbaum, scholarship recipients and St Aug president/CEO Dr. Kenneth St. Charles.

Following his playing days for the Buckeyes, Alex Schoenbaum went on to found the Shoney’s restaurant chain. The scholarship program created by his daughter, a New Orleans resident and 1988 graduate of Tulane’s Newcomb College, and the Jewish Federation of New Orleans was announced last month.

As a tribute to Alex Schoenbaum’s playing career, the participants in Wednesday’s program entered the room to the Ohio State fight song.

The scholarships will be awarded annually, Jewish Federation CEO Arnie Fielkow said.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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