Different scholarship opportunities are available depending on where the applicant resides. Your local Young Judaea recruiter / shaliach will be able to help you find information that is specific to your hometown. The following scholarship resources are available nationally.
Young Judaea through Hadassah offers limited need-based scholarships. Only registered Shalem applicants are eligible for consideration. Olami applicants are not eligible for financial assistance from Hadassah/Young Judaea. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please email email@example.com or call our New York office Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm eastern time at 212-451-6268. Deadline for Hadassah scholarships is March 22nd, 2013.
MASA is an organization funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the government of Israel to help fund people who want to go on Israel programs. On their website is a list of all eligible programs: www.masaisrael.org. Their scholarships are available when signing up for a long term Israel program. MASA has launched a personal fundraising program to help fund your journey to Israel. For more information visit, www.myisraeljourney.org.
Jewish Federations, synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and other community organizations have provided numerous scholarships for Israel programs. Should you require financial assistance, we encourage you to seek out and contact these funding sources early, as deadlines do exist.
Plant Your Way
Plant Your Way allows students to raise money for their trips to Israel, and help Israel at the same time. The program is simple! Once registered for PYW, students ask their family and friends to make donations in support of JNF’s forestry projects in Israel. Half of all the funds raised will go towards JNF projects, and the other half is held in an account for the student to be used for their trip. More information about Plant Your Way
The Jewish Federation
The Jewish Federation is HUGE and very helpful when it comes to Israel programs. To find contact information for your local Federation, check out www.ujc.org and click on “Jewish Finder” at the top of the page. Please contact the Federation in your area for assistance.
Jewish National Fund’s “Plant Your Way to Israel” Program
You can raise money for a trip to Israel by asking family and friends to plant trees with JNF. Half of the proceeds of each donation ($36 minimum) will go towards planting a tree in Israel and the other half goes into a student account which can be redeemed for any trip to Israel.
Check out www.jnf.org/pyw for more information.
Some summer camps have scholarships or know of them for Israel programs.
Jewish Community Centers
Jewish Community Centers are always a good resource for scholarships, whether they have them or they know of private people who do. To find your local JCC (in North America), go to www.jcca.org and click on “Find a JCC.”
Bureau of Jewish Education
Every city has a BJE and this is the most helpful resource. They ALL have funding for Israel programs. Consider going to the BJE where you currently live as well as past communities you have been a part of. Visit www.bjeny.org for more information.
Synagogues sometimes have money set aside for scholarships to send their congregants or professionals to Israel. Ask the Education Director or Rabbi; they may be able to point you to other community resources as well.
Ever involved in NFTY? BBYO? Young Judaea?
Movements can prove to be helpful, although sometimes they are trip specific and only want to support their own trips. Try to contact a youth movement in which you are affiliated.
Most of the time Israel Centers are connected to the Federations. Local Israel Centers are usually the most helpful in finding scholarships. They usually have an Israeli Shaliach (an Emissary from Israel) working full time to help people find ways to get to Israel. They also are the most knowledgeable on what scholarships are available and how to get them. They can pull strings and are usually more than willing to help.
Hillel’s sometimes have scholarship money aside to send their college students on Israel programs. There is never harm in asking. If they don’t have scholarships, ask the Hillel professional if they know of any. Visit the Hillel website for more information www.hillel.org.
Search the web. Sometimes private organizations like The Schusterman Foundation and The Koret Foundation post scholarship opportunities on their own website and nowhere else.
Aliyah Representatives Abroad
These people can help direct you towards scholarship opportunities in Israel and answer other questions about Israel, not only Aliyah. You can find their contact information at www.jewishagency.org.
Contact other Jewish and Israel-oriented organizations that you (or your parents) are associated with to find additional funding for your trip.
American Jewish League, Israel University Scholarship
Provides eligible students scholarships to attend Israeli Universities
The Dorot Foundation
Travel grants to accredited Israeli colleges and universities. www.dorot.org
Scholarships from Rotary International
The Rotarians offer scholarships up to $26,000 for Israeli university studies and Hebrew studies.
The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund
For post-high school study in Israel programs which earn college credits. The intention of the Fund is for those students showing academic promise in religious studies and a need for financial assistance to pursue study in Israel, and it is open to men and women who are not currently in Israel. The contact is Wallace Green at WallyG@ujabergen.org
www.studyinisrael.org – this link takes you to a multitude of other scholarship resources that are out there
The Amy Adine Schulman Scholarship Fund
The grant requires a commitment to educate others through lecture, program or other activities upon returning to your home or school community. You must be willing and able to do this so others will have the opportunity to learn about and to be inspired to do similar work. Please apply at http://www.amyadinaschulmanfund.org/
Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich. Reich scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities. Preference is given to candidates who decide to spend the full year in Israel. For more information about the scholarship, please call the AZM Chicago office at 847-677-5949 or visit the web site at http://www.azm.org/hbr_about.shtml .
Go Abroad has a list of over 600 scholarships for students. There may be a scholarship opportunity available to help fund your trip to Israel. http://www.goabroad.com/
Ask at School
The Shalem academic program are run through the American Jewish University, which is a fully accredited university; therefore, many regular college scholarships can apply to the programs regardless of the fact that they are in Israel. Additionally, your guidance counselor may know of scholarships for study abroad programs for which Shalem would qualify.
A database of scholarships, grants and other funding resources. Put together your studentawards.com profile and be matched with funding opportunities that are open to Young Judaea Israel program participants.
This website is an excellent resource for scholarship opportunities for Shalem and college. http://www.fastweb.com/
Grants of up to $5,000 each for full-year study in a co-educational institution of higher learning in Israel. Preference will be given to students who have little or no previous experience in Israel. First priority will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must concurrently perform a minimum of four hours weekly volunteer service throughout the academic year with ATZUM or an ATZUM approved organization. http://atzum.org/volunteer/abe-and-gert-nutkis-scholarship-for-israel-study-and-service/
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