There are many Jewish organizations that support advanced education for members of the Jewish community. There may be numerous challenges that some individuals of Jewish faith may be facing, especially with regard to finances. Paying for college in modern America can be almost overwhelming for some students.
The cost of education continues to increase and outpace inflation, making it far less affordable than ever before. Even though there are numerous student loans available, there are also a number of scholarships and grants, including Jewish scholarships.
The benefits of scholarships.
One of the most significant benefits to scholarships for Jewish and non-Jewish students alike is that they don’t have to be repaid. Some scholarships may only amount to a couple of hundred dollars which can still be beneficial when you’re talking about the cost of books and supplies. Other scholarships can award tens of thousands of dollars, essentially paying for the entire education for the winner.
Below are a number of Jewish scholarships you, assuming you are of Jewish descent, may consider applying for. Some of the scholarships require students to study abroad or in certain colleges or geographical regions.
The American Jewish League for Israel Scholarship Program to Study in Israel
The deadline to apply for this particular scholarship is May 1st and is awarded annually. The American Jewish League for Israel helps to support an economically stable, progressive, and strong state of Israel. This organization is not affiliated with any political party in the United States or in Israel and this endowment fund was established to help Jewish students afford a quality education when studying abroad in Israel.
To learn more about this particular scholarship opportunity, visit their website here.
CCIP College Student/Young Adult Scholarship Program
The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation’s Chicago Community Israel Program (CCIP) along with the Joseph A. Hochberg Scholarship Fund provide scholarship awards to deserving college students and young adults, up to 28 years of age. Eligible students need to participate in an approved Israel Experience program.
The purpose of this scholarship is to help encourage Jewish identity and development in a stronger community. Eligible students or those interested in learning more should visit their website here.
David and Maryla A. Korn Family Scholarship Fund for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
This particular scholarship is awarded once a year and the scholarship awards can vary between $2,500 and $5,000 per winner. The deadline to apply for this particular scholarship is May 4th.
Interested applicants would be sent directly to the school. High school students are encouraged to contact and consult with their school counselor.
In order to be eligible, students must be of Jewish descent and a resident of the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. They also need to be attending the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School or the Jewish Primary Day School.
Any students who may be interested in learning more about this particular scholarship are encouraged to contact their school counselor or visit the website here.
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award
The deadline for applying to this scholarship is January 6th and is awarded annually. This scholarship award is designed to help celebrate Jewish teens who have managed to exhibit exceptional leadership skills through various community service work. Eligible students need to be actively involved in various projects that “embody the value of tikkun olam (repair of the world).”
There can be up to 15 teenagers who earn awards for their advanced educational goals. Some of these awards can total up to $36,000 each. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the website here.
JCS Newhoff Scholarship for a Jewish Student with a Diagnosed Learning Disability
The Newhoff Scholarship is awarded to a Jewish student who has been diagnosed with some type of learning disability. Students can come from any background, whether it is a single parent home or other. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors from the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. These scholarship awards are designed to provide financial support and assistance to these Jewish students who seek some type of college education, a vocational trade, or other skill certification or training.
Eligible students need to attend an accredited educational institution in the United States. The amount of scholarship award can vary from one year to the next.
The deadline for applying to this particular scholarship is March 5th and it is awarded every year. Interested students are encouraged to visit the website here.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services Scholarships
The application deadline for these scholarships can vary so it’s important to check out their website consistently. This organization provides financial assistance and support to hundreds of Jewish students who seek to further their educational and even vocational goals. There are number of grant and scholarship opportunities available to Jewish residents in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara counties in California.
Scholarship awards can range between $1,000 and $1,500. Those students who may be interested in learning more about these particular scholarship opportunities should visit the Jewish Family and Children’s Services website here.
Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program
The deadline for this scholarship application is March 1st and it provides a number of annual merit scholarships to high school and college students up to the age of 23. Students need to demonstrate strong leadership skills and have a solid academic record. They also need to encourage Jewish identity and exhibit strong commitment to Israel in the greater Chicago Jewish community.
Interested applicants should visit the website here for more information.