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.

AJLI Scholarship Program to Study in Israel

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the program is to foster Jewish spiritual and cultural values through the experience of living and studying in Israel and, at the same time, strengthen the ties that bind Jews in the United States to Jews in Israel so that upon returning to the United States, scholarship winners will be better able to communicate those ties to American Jewry.

    The University Scholarship Fund of [...] More

American Jewish Archives Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/19/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is pleased to invite applications to its annual Fellowship Program for the academic year. 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 [...] More

David and Maryla Korn Family Scholarship Fund for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and/or Jewish Primary Day School

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship is awarded once a year. Applications are sent directly to the school. Please contact your school counselor to apply. Decisions are 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

Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Tuition Support Fund

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $40,800
  • GW'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, college campus [...] More

FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2018
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) Graduate Scholarship is awarded to talented individuals who have excelled in their previous endeavors and are dedicated to working in the Jewish community.

    Eligibility:
    -Possess U.S. or Canadian citizenship
    -Have earned a Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    -Have applied for or been accepted into a graduate program in [...] More

HIAS Chicago Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago (HIAS Chicago) began in the hearts and deeds of the Chicago Jewish community around 1900. Loosely organized in small associations within the city, its founders worked informally with the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of New York, which later became the international HIAS organization.

    Graduate applicants must be currently enrolled, or [...] More

HIAS Chicago Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago (HIAS Chicago) began in the hearts and deeds of the Chicago Jewish community around 1900. Loosely organized in small associations within the city, its founders worked informally with the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of New York, which later became the international HIAS organization.

    Eligibility:
    -A Jewish immigrant to the United [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • 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 disabilit. 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: 4/1/2018
  • 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 Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The JCC Association Graduate Scholarship Program provides financial aid for students to use towards a master's degree that will lead to or enhance professional careers in the Jewish Community Center movement.

    Full-time students receive up to $10,000 per year for a one or two-year period to pursue graduate studies that lead to a professional career in the JCC Movement. As a JCC Association of [...] More

Jewish Community Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Jewish Community Foundation offers financial assistance to Jewish students for college and graduate school education, including tuition, fees, room and board.

    Eligibility:
    -Be accepted or currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States
    -Be a current resident of the Greater Hartford area
    -Be a citizen of the United States
    -In most cases, [...] More

Jewish Family and Children's Services Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2017
  • 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.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be Jewish
    -Have been a legal and permanent resident of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or northern Santa Clara counties for at least two years [...] More

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Central Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/9/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies and scholarship endowment funds that provide scholarships to local Jewish students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.

    Eligibility:
    -Any Jewish high school senior or those enrolled in an undergraduate, [...] More

Jewish United Fund Merit Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • 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. 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 [...] More

JUF College Student/Young Adult Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation and Joseph A. Hochberg Scholarship Fund provide need-based scholarships for college students and young adults (up to 28 years old) to 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 Israel and the Chicago Jewish community. [...] More

JUF Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation 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 Israel Experience High School Scholarship Program is to develop Jewish identity and nourish greater understanding and commitment to Israel and to the Chicago Jewish [...] More

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

JVS Scholarship Program - Los Angeles

  • Application Deadline: 4/17/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be Jewish
    -16 years old or older
    -Permanent and legal resident of Los Angeles County for at least three years
    -U.S. citizen or documented legal permanent resident [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • 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

Sara and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 8/10/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • After emerging out of the ashes of the Holocaust, Sara and Max Goldsammler dedicated their lives to empowering the next generation of young adults. In their honor, OU Alumni is sponsoring a scholarship to go towards college tuition for any high school senior or current Jewish college student for the next school year. Any Jewish student can apply. Applicants should describe in 500-1,000 words what [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • 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: 5/2/2017
  • 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.

    Applicants must be:
    -A high school senior at a [...] More

Last Reviewed: April 2017

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