Several organizations offer scholarships to colleges or universities for Jewish students. These scholarships are restricted to students of the Jewish faith, or give preference to Jewish students. Some scholarships are set aside for students who are studying Jewish courses, or plan to work to assist the Jewish community. As one of the oldest known religions, Judaism has deep traditions. The organizations that sponsor the scholarships hope to promote the Jewish culture in America and abroad.

1. AJLI Scholarship Program to Study in Israel

Deadline: May 1

The American Jewish League for Israel relies on contributions to provide scholarships to United States citizens or permanent residents who wish to study abroad in Israel. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must be accepted to one of the Israeli universities listed on the AJLI website. There is no need to prove financial need to receive the scholarship. A screening committee reviews each application and decides which individuals will receive the scholarship.


University Scholarship Fund
c/o Karl D. Zukerman
4485 Hazleton Lane Wellington, FL 33449

2. Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15

The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Alisha Flatow, a student killed in a terrorist attack. Competition is high for the limited number of available scholarships. This scholarship is available for students interested in post high school studies in a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt institution. Students are ranked according to academic promise and financial need. To apply, you will need to provide a two-page essay, recent photograph, and three recommendations.


The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund
623 Eagle Rock Ave, #404
West Orange, NJ 07052

3. Bermont Family Undergraduate Jewish Student Scholarship

Deadline: February 1

The Bermont Family Undergraduate Jewish Student Scholarship is generously funded by Mr. Peter Bermont to promote religious diversity at Texas Christian University (TCU). The intention of this scholarship is to aid students who will be representatives of the Jewish community at TCU. Applicants who show financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) guidelines will be given a higher priority than other students.


Texas Christian University
Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid TCU Box 297012
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7858

4. Cabot Family Scholarship

Deadline: March 3

The Cabot Family Scholarship is available to junior and senior level undergraduate students or graduate students at Arizona State University for approved travel, research or study. Eligible students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants must submit a one-page statement of research including budget, timeframe, project, and institutional information if applicable. A transcript copy and two letters of recommendation should be added to the Jewish Studies Scholarship, Fellowship, and Grant Application.


Jewish Studies
Arizona State University PO Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287‐4302

5. David Posnack Family Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: January 15th

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters of Florida Atlantic University awards the David Posnack Family Foundation Scholarship annually to full-time undergraduate students who are actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies or a Jewish Studies certificate to offset the costs of tuition. In order to receive the scholarship ranging from $500 to $1,000, undergraduates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better, demonstrate commitment to some aspect of Jewish communal service, and showcase financial need. If recipients maintain continuous enrollment for full-time status with a FAU GPA of 3.0 or higher, the scholarship award is renewable each fall term.


David Posnack Family Foundation Scholarship
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-0645

6. Ed and Dot Slade Israel Study Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st or October 15th

The Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University awards one to three Ed and Dot Slade Israel Study Scholarships annually to students for whom athletics have played a significant part of their lives and for whom studying abroad in Israel will enhance their undergraduate experience. In addition to being Jewish, applicants must be currently enrolled at Michigan State, acquired junior or senior level status, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and have participated actively in intercollegiate or intramural athletic competition at MSU.


Ed and Dot Slade Israel Study Scholarship
Wells Hall Room C-730
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-3493

7. Essel Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: March 13th

Each year, Brooklyn College CUNY in New York City’s Brooklyn borough provides the Essel Foundation Graduate Scholarship to Russian-Jewish immigrant undergraduate students who are admitted into the school to pursue a M.D. or Ph.D. in Neuroscience. In order to be eligible for the award, incoming graduate students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Along with the application, candidates are asked to include a personal statement, official college transcript, two letters of recommendation, official SAT or ACT scores, and a separate application for graduate admissions.


Essel Foundation Graduate Scholarship
West Quad Center 2nd Floor
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951-4796

8. Frank M. & Sara Mina Mervis Memorial Scholarship for Judaic Studies

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Frank M. & Sara Mina Mervis Memorial Scholarship for Judaic Studies will be awarded to a junior or senior student at Florida Atlantic University. Ideal applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate a commitment to serving the Jewish community, and show excellence in all academic areas. Mina Mervis, along with her family and friends, established this scholarship to support Jewish students wishing expound their Jewish studies.


FAU Foundation, Inc.
Frederick Greenspahn
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991

9. Harold and Jean Grossman Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Deadline: Varies

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, the Harold and Jean Grossman Scholarship in Jewish Studies is awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in the Jewish Studies program at Arizona State University who wish to participate in an educational Israel Experience program of at least one week in duration. Since there is no exact scholarship deadline, it is recommended that applicants ensure timely processing of their application by submitting it at least two months prior to scheduled departure. During the travel program, students will participate in countrywide excursions, meetings with Israeli peers, lectures, and discussions regarding the history or contemporary issues of Israel.


Harold and Jean Grossman Scholarship in Jewish Studies
12701 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 203
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 483-7121

10. Heather Kase Scholarship

Deadline: May 15

The Heather Kase Scholarship is a donor-funded scholarship available to students attending the University of California – Los Angeles. Preference is given to Jewish undergraduate women. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstration of financial aid as shown by a FAFSA application, and visible academic potential. In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-word essay, transcript, and letter of recommendation in addition to the application.


Heather Kase Scholarship
UCLA Scholarship Resource Center 330 De Neve Drive
233 Covel Commons
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7247
(310) 206-2875

11. Howard H. Schultz Scholarship

Deadline: April 11

The University of North Texas offers the Howard H. Schultz Scholarship. Undergrad applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, good academic standing, and have completed or be enrolled in at least two Jewish Study courses. Graduate applicants must have a 3.25 GPA. The must submit two recommendation letters, a transcript, a written commitment to the program, and a 300-word essay. Students who receive the scholarship must thank the Schultz family by letter.


Dr. Richard M. Golden, Directo
1155 Union Circle #305369
Denton, TX 76203
(940) 369-8926

12. Isadore D. Class ’29 Scholarship

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Isadore D. Class ’29 Scholarship is available for full time students of St. Louis College of Pharmacy located in Missouri. For additional information, contact the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Financial Aid Office to schedule an appointment to discuss financial aid opportunities.


St. Louis College of Pharmacy
4588 Parkview Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63110-1088
(314) 367-8700 ext. 8328

13. Jay & Ruth Pack Foundation Holocaust Studies Scholarship

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Jay & Ruth Pack Foundation Holocaust Studies Scholarship is offered through the University of Texas at Dallas. Qualified applicants maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, and work on the Holocaust or related studies of Jewish history and culture. For additional information on how to apply, please contact the Financial Aid Office at the University of Texas at Dallas.


University of Texas at Dallas
Financial Aid Office
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
(972) 883-2941

14. Jewish Caucus Scholarship

Deadline: March 1

National Woman’s Studies Association sponsors the Jewish Caucus Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for female students pursuing a degree at a post secondary institution. Ideal applicants demonstrate an interest in the Jewish culture, especially the lives and work of Jewish women. The maximum number of awards given each year is 100. However, the number approved each year varies. For more information, contact the National Woman’s Studies Association.


National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave., Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 528-0355

15. Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: February 1

The Jewish Community Center offers the JCC North American Graduate Scholarship to individuals who wish to work with the JCC after graduation. They view this as a investment in their work force. Chosen candidates receive up to $10,000 per year and are required to work for JCC for a two year period after graduation. Along with the financial benefits, this scholarship also prepares students for real life and gives them a secure job upon graduation.


Scholarship Coordinator
JCC Association
520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
(212) 786 – 5114

16. Jewish Family and Children’s Services Scholarships

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

Qualified applicants for the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Scholarships are Jewish residents of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara who meet the guidelines to show financial need. Applicants must also be accepted to an institution of higher learning and be of good academic standing. Students can receive up to $6,000 per year in grants and loans. Funds can be used for college, professional programs, or vocational schools.


Michelle Lamphere
The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Professional Building
2150 Post Street (between Scott and Pierce)
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-1226

17. Jewish Vocational Service Academic Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 15

Applicants for the Jewish Vocational Service Academic Scholarship Program must be Jewish, reside in or are a native of the Chicago area, and plan to stay in the Chicago area upon graduation. Candidates must be studying a helping profession such as medicine, education, Jewish services, or social services. Applicants are judged on the helpfulness of their potential career choice and financial need. Prior to acceptance, applicants will complete an interview.


Scholarship Coordinator
Jewish Vocational Service
216 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 673-3444

18. JSSA Educational Scholarship Fund for Undergraduates

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Jewish Social Services Agency administers the JSSA Education Scholarship Fund for Undergraduates. The JSSA has been helping individuals for 120 years. Qualified applicants must be enrolled as a high school senior in a Montgomery County (MD) public high school, be a U.S. citizen, and be accepted to a four-year higher education program, including vocational training. If after accepting the scholarship, a student does not complete a year of study, the scholarship must be repaid.


Inquiry and Screening Department
200 Wood Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20850

19. JVS Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31

The JVS Scholarship Program aims to help Jewish students in Los Angeles who are in need of financial aid to pursue a higher education. The Jewish Vocational Service began during the Great Depression and continues to aid individuals today. Annual scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000 and can be used for any field of study. Students must retain a GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduates or 3.0 or higher for graduates. Apply online at


Scholarship Program Manager
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 761-8888

20. Matthew Cranman Scholarship Award

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

When twenty-four year old Matthew Cranman died from testicular cancer, his friends decided to sponsor a scholarship in his honor to the University of Alabama. Funds come from donations and money raising efforts by Matthew’s friends. The number and amount of scholarships given each year is determined by the funds collected by the organization. Since Matthew was Jewish, his friends wish to provide help to fellow Jewish students. A fifteen-person committee determines the honoree of the scholarship.


Matthew Cranman Foundation
2606 East Madison Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30360
(770) 234-9429

21. Jewish Educators Scholarship Fund – Nova Southeastern University

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Jewish Educators Scholarship Fund is available for doctoral students currently studying Jewish Education. This scholarship is for $1,000. For additional information, contact the Fisher School of Education and Human Services.


Student Financial Assistance
Nova Southeastern University
Horvitz Admin. Bldg, 1st Flr.
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
(800) 986-3223, ext. 28655

22. Rabbi Plotkin Chair Scholarship

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Rabbi Plotkin Chair Scholarship is available to students at Arizona State University who major in Jewish Studies. Rabbi Plotkin was a professor of Jewish traditions at Arizona State University for forty years. He retired in 2009. For more information, contact the Arizona State University Financial Aid Office.


Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
PO Box 870412
Tempe, AZ 85287-0412
(855) 278-5080

23. Samuel J. Goldstein, Esquire, Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 22

The Samuel J Goldstein, Esquire, Scholarship Fund is a two-year scholarship designed to provide financial aid to students who reside in the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington, or Westmoreland who are pursuing a law degree at an accredited institution in Pennsylvania. Students must show financial need, and maintain a 2.0 GPA. Preference is given to students of the Jewish faith. When applying, candidates must submit an essay and one letter of reference.


Deborah L. Turner Scholarship Coordinator
The Pittsburgh Foundation Five PPG Place, Suite 250 Pittsburgh PA 15222-5414
(412) 391-5122

24. Samuel and Bessie R. Proctor Fund Scholarship

Deadline: December 15th

In honor of a retired faculty member who was named as a Distinguished Alumnus and his wife, the Samuel and Bessie R. Proctor Fund Scholarship is offered by the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida to undergraduate students majoring in Jewish Studies. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time, demonstrate academic achievement with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and showcase financial need for completing the degree.


Samuel and Bessie R. Proctor Fund Scholarship
Criser Hall Room S-107
P.O. Box 114025
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-1275

25. The Shirley and Robert Raymer College Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization

The Shirley and Robert Raymer College Scholarship Fund was created by the Jewish Community Federation for Jewish students pursuing higher education in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Qualified applicants are high school seniors who have been accepted to a four-year university. They will show academic excellence, financial need and involvement in the Jewish community. There are two scholarships given each year in the amount of $10,000 each. Applications are accepted online at the Jewish Community Federation website.

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Offices
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-0411

The scholarships we have listed here exist to aid students of Jewish heritage and religion. Applicants should pay special attention to the qualifications and requirements of each scholarship.

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