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 Scholarships.com and conduct a free scholarship search.

American Jewish Archives Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/19/2021
  • 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

Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Tuition Support Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $40,800
  • George Washington's Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), the only master's program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, [...] More

HIAS Chicago Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Graduate applicants must be currently enrolled, or accepted for enrollment in professional study in one of the helping professions for the Benton Bernstein Scholarships, or a graduate level program for the Career Enhancement scholarships. Applicants must be a Jewish immigrant to the United States who immigrated with his or her family with the assistance of HIAS Chicago or A U.S. born child or [...] More

HIAS College & Young Adult Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago (HIAS Chicago) began in the hearts and deeds of the Chicago Jewish community around 1900. In order to apply, you must be a Jewish immigrant to the United States who immigrated with his or her family with the assistance of HIAS Chicago; a U.S.-born child or grandchild of a Jewish immigrant to the U.S. who was assisted by HIAS Chicago and have applied for [...] More

JCS Newhoff Scholarship for a Jewish Student with a Diagnosed Learning Disability

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2021
  • 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. The scholarships are competitive. Recipients are chosen based upon several criteria, including academic performance, financial need, community and [...] More

JCS Scholarship for Jewish Students from Single-Parent Homes

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2021
  • 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 Community Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Jewish Community Foundation offers need-based financial assistance to Jewish students for college and graduate school education, including tuition, fees, room and board. Applicants must be accepted or currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, current residents of the Greater Hartford area, and U.S. citizens. Specific funds may include unique [...] More

Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Fulfilling our educational and vocational goals is one of life's most empowering and impactful objectives. 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 [...] More

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Central Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/9/2021
  • 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 Tena [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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. Applicants must be enrolled in grade 10, 11 or 12 or must be no older than 23 years old and enrolled in a college or graduate program and must reside or attend school in metropolitan Chicago. Students must have also applied to [...] More

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: $1,800
  • 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

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year 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. [...] More

The JSSA Educational Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/24/2021
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Scholarships are awarded annually to a high school senior who has completed significant volunteer services within the local Jewish community in addition to high school graduation service requirements. The JSSA Educational Scholarship Fund is awarded primarily based on financial need, and recipients are eligible for up to two years of funding. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

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by Izzy Hall

Because of lower enrollment rates, transfer students can stand to benefit from colleges who are eager to hit their yearly enrollment goals. Schools with a smaller-than-average student body this year may be more receptive to accepting a greater number of transfer students than in previous years. [...]

Michigan Offers Free Community College Education to Essential Workers

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by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The state of Michigan is set to offer two years of free community college to essential workers who were required by their job to leave the house and work at least 11 weeks in the spring during the coronavirus pandemic. This unique opportunity, called Futures for Frontliners, opens doors to essential workers who are not commonly considered front-line workers and an estimated 600,000 residents could qualify. [...]

Colleges Waiving SAT and ACT Requirements for Merit Scholarships

September 22, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Many colleges have waived SAT and ACT score requirements for high school seniors currently applying to college due to how difficult it has been to sign up for standardized testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some colleges are also waiving standardized test score requirements when awarding merit scholarships to incoming students. Instead of requiring SAT and ACT scores, these schools will award scholarships based on high school GPA. [...]

Last Reviewed: October 2020

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