Jewish Scholarships

Community and a shared connection to history are two of the most common criteria for awarding scholarships and other financial aid. Few faiths have as much history or sense of community as Judaism, so it makes sense that a wide variety of Jewish scholarships exist. Both national and local scholarships are available for Jewish students trying to find money for college. Whether you are currently practicing or simply of Jewish descent, there are likely to be opportunities for Jewish scholarships available to you. Below is a sampling of a few of the most popular Jewish scholarship awards available in our database. To get a full listing of personalized scholarship opportunities based on your religious faith and other criteria, complete a profile on Scholarships.com and conduct a free college scholarship search.

AJLI Scholarship Program to Study in Israel
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
Since 1957, the American Jewish League for Israel has supported a progressive, strong, economically viable State of Israel as a whole. The American Jewish League for Israel (AJLI) is not connected to any political party in Israel or the United States. It is independent and dedicated to keeping its members informed and involved. An endowment fund has been established where all contributions are [...] More

CCIP College Student/Young Adult Scholarship Program
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The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation's Chicago Community Israel Program (CCIP) and Joseph A. Hochberg Scholarship Fund provide need-based scholarships for college students and young adults (up to 28 years old) who participate in an approved Israel Experience program. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage the development of Jewish identity and to nourish greater commitment to [...] More

CCIP High School Scholarship Program
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The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation's Chicago Community Israel Program (CCIP) and the Naftali Steinfeld Memorial Scholarship Fund offer scholarships based on financial need for high school students participating in approved Israel Experience programs. The purpose of the CCIP High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to [...] More

David and Maryla Korn Family Scholarship Fund for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and/or Jewish Primary Day School
Application Deadlines: May 04, Annually
This scholarship is awarded once a year. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000. Applications are sent directly to the school. Please contact your school counselor to apply. Decision is based primarily on financial need. Applicants must be: - A Jewish resident of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area - Attending the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School or the Jewish Primary Day [...] More

FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) Scholarship is available to full-time graduate students attending any accredited university in the United States or Canada. In order to be eligible, you must pursue a masters degree in non-clinical social work, public administration or nonprofit management combined with graduate-level Jewish studies. The program awards up to [...] More

JCS Newhoff Scholarship for a Jewish Student with a Diagnosed Learning Disability
Application Deadlines: March 05, Annually
The Newhoff Scholarship will be awarded to a Jewish student with a diagnosed learning disability. Students do not need to be from single-parent homes to be eligible. It is available to graduating high school students from the Baltimore Metropolitan Area for assistance in pursuing vocational, trade or college education at an accredited United States institution. Scholarship awards vary. The JCS [...] More

JCS Scholarship for Jewish Students from Single-Parent Homes
Application Deadlines: March 05, Annually
Scholarships from Jewish Community Services (JCS) will be awarded to worthy Jewish students from single-parent homes. Scholarships are available to graduating high school students from the Baltimore Metropolitan Area for assistance in pursuing higher education at an accredited United States College or University. The JCS Scholarship Committee, in evaluating applications, will consider factors [...] More

Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The JCCs of North America Graduate Education Scholarship Program is designed to deepen and enhance the professional knowledge of current and future JCC professionals. Incorporating classroom study, internships, networking opportunities, professional development conferences and seminars, JCC Association Graduate Scholars are on the fast track to become effective and successful JCC [...] More

Jewish Community Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Jewish Community Foundation offers financial assistance to Jewish students for college and graduate school education, including tuition, fees, room and board. Eligibility Requirements Applicants must meet the following criteria: - Be of the Jewish faith; - Be accepted or currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning; - Be a current or former resident of [...] More

Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarships
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Jewish Family and Children's Services helps hundreds of Jewish students annually fulfill their educational and vocational goals by providing a number of grant and scholarship opportunities. Eligible applicants are Jewish residents of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties for one year prior to your application. Scholarships average between $1,000 and $1,500. Applicants [...] More

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Central Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 11, Annually
For the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Central Scholarship, students must demonstrate financial need. The very strict residency requirements state applicant must be a bona fide resident of Allegheny, Beaver, Washington or Westmoreland counties for two years. (One fund allows applicants from Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer or Venango counties but that fund is extremely [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Jewish United Fund offers a number of annual merit scholarships to high school, college and graduate students to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage the development of Jewish identity, nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community, and to recognize future leaders. Eligibility Requirements: - [...] More

Jewish Vocational Service Academic Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college students. More than $500,000 each year is available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is [...] More

JSSA Educational Scholarship Fund for Undergraduates
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
Scholarships up to $6,000 are awarded once a year. Decision is based primarily on financial need. Recipients are eligible for 1-2 years of funding. Applicants must be: . A high school senior at a Montgomery County public high school. . A U.S. citizen or working towards citizenship. . Accepted into an accredited four-year undergraduate program, vocational school or community college. Awards may [...] More

JVS Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
In partnership with private donors, JVS administers a scholarship program to provide qualified local students with need-based financial aid. Since its founding in 1972, the JVS Scholarship Program has awarded $4 million to more than 3,000 students. Today's recipients are pursuing studies at colleges, universities and vocational schools nationwide. Applicants must be the following: - Jewish - [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: March 06, Annually
The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students. The Foundation also issues grants to a wide variety of educational, scientific [...] More

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by Emily Rabinowitz

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