Jewish Scholarships

Community and connection to history are two of the most common criteria for awarding Jewish scholarships and financial aid. Few faiths have as much history or sense of community as Judaism. 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 Jewish scholarship opportunities for you. Below is a list of the most popular Jewish scholarship awards available in our database. To get a full list of personalized scholarship opportunities based on faith and other criteria, create a profile on and conduct a free scholarship search.


Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/9/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • At JFCS, we annually help hundreds of Jewish students achieve these goals by providing them with loans and grants. In order to apply, you must be Jewish and have been a legal and permanent resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or northern Santa Clara counties for at least two years prior to submitting your application. You must be able to demonstrate financial need based on the [...] More

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $4,000
  • JVS Chicago offers scholarships to Jewish students residing in the Chicago metropolitan area (including Lake County, Indiana). Eligible applicants must: were either born and raised in Chicago area or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; plan on remaining in the Chicago area after completing school; are entering an accredited graduate program [...] More

HIAS Chicago Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • HIAS Chicago Scholarships will be awarded to students who came to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship; or is a U.S.-born child or grandchild of someone who immigrated to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship; or someone who applied, or whose family applied, for Permanent Residency (i.e. a “Green Card") or citizenship with the [...] More

HIAS College & Young Adult Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Since 1991, through the generosity of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship (HIAS)’s friends and supporters, HIAS has been fortunate to provide academic scholarships to an extremely impressive group of individuals who immigrated or whose family immigrated to the Chicago area with the assistance of HIAS or who accessed HIAS’ services once in the United States. These undergraduate and graduate [...] More

American Jewish Archives Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Marcus Center's Fellowship Program provides recipients with month long fellowships for research and writing at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Fellowship stipends will be sufficient to supplement transportation and living expenses while in residence in Cincinnati. [...] More

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Central Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JSS helps Jewish high school seniors or students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or technical school with demonstrated financial need. Eligible applicants must be bona fide residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland counties for 2+ years (residents of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer, or Venango counties are only eligible to apply for the Sarah and [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/12/2024
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The goal of the annual Kaplun Essay Contest is to encourage students to think about their heritage, reflect on their values, and better understand Judaism’s contribution to civilization and culture. We believe strongly in the value of this writing process as a way for young people to explore challenging ethical topics.

    The first-place winners in Level 1 and Level 2 will each be awarded $1,800. [...] More

JCS Scholarship for Jewish Students from Single-Parent Homes

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • JCS offers several scholarships for Jewish high school seniors from the Baltimore Metro Area planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university. There is a scholarship available for a student with a documented diagnosed learning disability and several scholarships available for students from single-parent homes. The scholarships are competitive. Recipients are chosen based on several [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2024
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Jewish United Fund offers a limited number of merit scholarships ($1,000 each) annually to high school students, college students, and young adults up to age 23 who demonstrate significant leadership skills. The purpose of these scholarships is to strengthen Jewish identity, nourish greater commitment to Israel and the Chicago Jewish community, and to recognize future leaders.

    Applicant [...] More

JSSA Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • As part of our mission to give back to our community, JSSA offers financial support for our neighbors to continue their education. Please note, one application is needed to apply for all the scholarships. You do not need to apply for each scholarship. Dollar amounts and individual criteria will vary by scholarship. Applicants should identify as Jewish, reside in the Washington DC metropolitan [...] More

Jewish Community Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2024
  • Amount: $3,000
  • It is easy to apply for a scholarship from the Jewish Community Foundation. First, determine whether you satisfy the following criteria: Applicants must be Jewish (At least one parent is Jewish and applicant identifies as being Jewish or applicant has gone through a formal conversion to Judaism); Be accepted or currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United [...] More

George Washington University Merit Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • George Washington University rewards exceptionally qualified students with academic scholarships. Applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships as part of the admissions process and no application is required. If you’re a first-year student and receive a merit scholarship, your award will continue for up to 10 consecutive semesters as long as you maintain continuous full-time [...] More

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Last Reviewed: June 2023

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