Scholarship Opportunities

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Loen Amer
TRY/USY High National Scholarship

In keeping with TRY’s mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, TRY has established a need-based, national scholarship fund. Please explore other funding sources as our resources are limited, but if scholarship is still required, complete our scholarship application. The deadline to apply is June 15 for the fall semester, and November 15 for the spring.

USY Regional Scholarships

Teens involved in USY can contact their regional staff for additional scholarships available on the regional level. Local chapters occasionally set aside scholarship money or can help raise money for members as well.

Other Funding Sources

Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding that participants have received in previous years. The goal of this resource is to provide prospective TRY participants information about organizations that have offered scholarships in the past. We do our best to provide accurate material and information from each source.

Due to the nature of changes in funding and resources, we do not guarantee accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to Ramah.

Synagogue

Often, synagogues have set aside funds specifically designated for sending local teens to Israel. Call your synagogue’s office to learn if they offer this type of scholarship. Departments that often have scholarship available include but are not limited to: General Scholarship Fund, Rabbi Discretionary Fund, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Israel Committee & Youth Department.

Occasionally, applicants can receive stipends in advance of their trip to Israel in exchange for a time commitment to work in their local synagogue, Hebrew school, and/or youth program upon the applicant’s return from Israel. Please contact your rabbi or your youth director regarding possible employment.

There are synagogues who offer scholarships to the grandchildren of congregants no matter where the grandchild lives.

The Internet

A quick internet search will reveal numerous Jewish organizations that offer money to Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Send them an e-mail and see if you qualify.

Search the App Store under “scholarships” on your phone for more opportunities.

Jewish and Zionist Organizations

If a child goes to Israel with a Ramah Program (8th grade trip, Confirmation class…), the student will receive a small stipend towards TRY. Please send a copy of the “coupon” to the NY office and contact us.

JNF’s Plant Your Way

Plant Your Way to Israel (PYW) is a great way to raise scholarship money for your Israel trip while also making Israel greener. Using an easy online fundraising platform, users create a profile and raise money for their trips. Half of the money raised goes into a special account for your Israel trip, and the other half goes to JNF’s green innovations in Israel! To sign up and for more information visit www.jnf.org/pyw.

Ramah Israel’s point person at JNF is Paige Guber. Her number is (212) 879-9305 ext.263 and her email is pguber@jnf.org.

Local Organizations

Some other local Jewish organizations may have scholarships available. Here are some potential sources in your community that are worth exploring:

  • Local Holocaust Museum
  • Jewish Community Center (JCC)
  • Jewish Council for Your Services (JCYS)
  • Jewish Family Services (JFS)
  • Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE)
  • Local Federation and Community Foundations often provide scholarships and/or matching grants to participants for programs in Israel. Please remember to check your local agency to determine if you have put aside money in Passport-to Israel or Skip type programs.

Several local businesses in your area may offer “study abroad” grants. Write a letter to the businesses of family and friends explaining the TRY program (key phrases to use: study abroad; living among a diverse international community on campus…) and request a grant or scholarship.

Community Scholarships

Most communities offer teen Israel travel scholarships through their local Jewish Federation or through other Jewish educational agencies. In most cases, these community funds are available only for the teens in the areas that they serve. TRY/USY High meet the criteria to qualify for most of these scholarships. We have included a list of specific communities that offer such scholarships. If you do not find your hometown in the list below, in the United States check out the National Federation Directory, and in Canada, the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA.

Canada
Alabama
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin
Alabama

Birmingham

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based and must live in Birmingham
Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: sallyf@bjf.org

Arizona

Award Name: The Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Award Name: Gift of Israel Savings Program
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Tamar Farber
Phone: 480.483.7121 x1109
Email: israelcenter@jewishphoenix.org

California

East Bay

Award Name: Israel Trips Financial Aid
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Jessi Norris
Phone: 510.318.6411
Email: jessi@jfed.org

Los Angeles

Award Name: Israel Incentive Partnership Grants
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Beth Singer
Phone: 323.761.8342
Email: bsinger@jewishla.org

Award Name: Jewish Interest Free Loan Association
Qualifying Type: Multiple – Interest free loan
Contact: Natalie Fainberg
Phone: 323.761.8830 x109
Email: Natalie@jfla.org
www.jewishla.org/lajewishteen

Orange County

Award Name: Passport to Jewish Life
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Kathleen Mellon
Phone: 949.435.3484 x346
Email: kathleen@jffs.org

San Diego

Award Name: Israel Youth Travel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Dana Mekler
Phone: 858.737.7132
Email: danam@jewishfederationsandiego.org

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Jason Moss
Phone: 626.445.0810
Email: jmoss@jewishsgpv.org

Santa Barbara

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: David Harris
Phone: 805.957.1115
Email: info@sbjf.org

Colorado

Award Name:Israel Community Ambassadors
Qualifying Type: Subsidy
Contact: Michal Uziyahu
Phone: 303.316.6472
Email: muziyahu@ajfcolorado.org

Connecticut

Danbury

Award Name: Teen Israel Experience Program
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies
Contact: Cathy Goldenberg
Phone: 203.792.6353
Email: cathy.jfdanbury@sbcglobal.net

New Haven

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: $500
Contact: Anat Weiner
Phone: 203.387.2424 x313
Email: anatw@jccnh.org

Delaware

Award Name: Joseph & Marion Greenbaum Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: $1,500
Contact: Gina Kozicki
Phone: 302.427.2100 x20
Email: Gina.Kozicki@shalomdel.org
www.shalomdelaware.org

Florida

Jacksonville

Award Name: Joan Levin Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying Type: Merit
Contact: Jill Abel
Phone: 904.448.5000 x200
Email: jilla@jewishjacksonville.org

Miami

Award Name: Israel Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-Based
Contact: Dahlia Bendavid
Phone: 305.576.4000 x445
Email: dbendavid@gmjf.org

Palm Beach County

Award Name: B’nai Mitzvah Vouchers and Israel Incentive Grants
Qualifying Type: Merit
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Jessica Stein
Phone: 561.615.4946
Email: jessica.stein@jewishpalmbeach.org

Georgia

Atlanta

Award Name: Experience Israel Program
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Award Name: Passport To Israel
Qualifying Type: Bar/Bat Mitzvahed in Atlanta
Contact: Meredith Lefkoff
Phone: 404.870.7693
Email: mlefkoff@jfga.org

Augusta

Award Name: The Annette Barton Fund
Qualifying Type: Not Need-based
Contact: Leah Ronen
Phone: 706.228.3636
Email: augustafed1@knology.net

Illinois

Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Need-based and merit
Contact: Mandy Weiss
Phone: 312.444.2895
Email: mandyweiss@juf.org
www.campership.net
www.juf.org/israel

Indiana

Award Name: Joe & Sylvia Rothbard Family Israel Youth Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Award Name: Send a Kid to Israel Partnership – SKIP
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Inna Kolesnikova
Phone: 317.715.9264
Email: yld@jfgi.org

Kansas

Kansas City

Award Name: Guardian Foundation Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Amy Rosenfeld
Phone: 913.327.8145
Email: amyr@jewishkc.org

Wichita

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Sandy Diel
Phone: 316.686.4741
Email: sdiel@mkjf.org

Kentucky

Lexington

Award Name: Scholarships for Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: First-Come/First Serve basis
Contact: Judy Wortman
Phone: 859.268.0672
Email: jfb@jewishlexington.org

Louisiana

Award Name: Jewish Youth Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Susan Gross
Phone: 318-868-1200
Email: sgross@JewishNLA.org

Maryland

Award Name: Community Fund for Israel Experiences Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Reena Roshgadol
Phone: 410.735.5024
Email: CFIE@cjebaltimore.org

Massachusetts

Attleboro

Award Name: Israel Scholarship Salmanson Family Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Larry Katz
Phone: 401.331.0956 x179
Email: lkatz@shalomri.org

Berkshire County

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serve
Contact: Arlene D. Schiff
Phone: 413.442.4360 x12
Email: arlene.schiff@verizon.net

Boston

Award Name: Israel Teen Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based

Award Name: Myra & Robert Kraft Passport to Israel Program
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Will Corrdin
Phone: 617.457.8556
Email: willc@cjp.org
www.cjp.org – Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, MA

Merrimack Valley

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Laurie Mindlin
Phone: 978.688.0466
Email: laurie@mvjf.org

New Bedford

Award Name: Harvey Friedland Israel Youth Experience Memorial Fund & Evelyn Rosen Youth Israel Travel Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Olga Yorish
Phone: 508.997.7471
Email: oyorish@jewishnewbedford.org

North Shore

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Laura Shulman Brochstein
Phone: 978.224.4095
Email: laurasb@jfns.org

Springfield

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Michelle Lancto
Phone: 413.732.9994
Email: mlancto@jewishwesternmass.org

Grants to individuals: Israel Travel & Study
Qualifying Type: Must live in Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, or southern VT
Contact: Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Phone: 413.736.2552
Email: gti@hgf.org

Michigan

Ann Arbor

Award Name: The Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Merit-based

Award Name: Israel Experience Subsidies
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Eileen Freed
Phone: 734.677.0100
Email: eileenfreed@jewishannarbor.org

Detroit

Award Name: Get There!
Qualifying Type: Subsidy and need-based
Amount: Varies
Contact: Alicia Felhandler
Phone: 248.642.5617
Email: felhandler@jfmd.org

Minnesota

Minneapolis

Award Name: The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Award Name: Israel Center Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based

Award Name: Isadore & Molly Boroff Israel Scholarship
Contact: Eilat Harel
Phone: 952.417.2321
Email: eharel@mplsfed.org

St. Paul

Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Sharyn Effress-Pesses
Phone: 651.695.3186
Email: spesses@stpaulfed.org

Missouri

St. Louis

Award Name: Stuart I. Pessin Award
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Varies

Award Name: Israel Teen Fellow Award
Qualifying Type: Incentive-based
Contact: Karen Rader
Phone: 314.442.3756
Email: krader@cajestl.org

Nebraska

Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: One time, not need-based

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Mary Sue Grossman
Phone: 402.334.6445
Email: mgrossman@jewishomaha.org

Nevada

Award Name: Israel Scholarship from the Welt Fund, Eisenberg Fund & Wilner fund
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Contact: Marjorie Griebel
Phone: 702.479.4444
Email: marjorie@jewishlasvegas.com

New Hampshire

Award Name: Irving and Bernice Singer Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Not need-based
Phone: 603.627.7679
Email: office@jewishnh.org

New Jersey

Metrowest

Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Alan Gerberg
Phone: 973.929.3038
Email: agerberg@jfedgmw.org
Metro West Federation – www.ujcnj.org

Middlesex County

Award Name: Israel Teen Grants
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Award Name: Anne & Herbert Goldstein Fund for Youth Travel
Qualifying Type: Competitive
Contact: Meryl Harris
Phone: 732.588.1810
Email: mharris@jf-gmc.org

Monmouth County

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Ariella Raviv
Phone: 732.866.4300
Email: ariellar@jewishmonmouth.org

Southern

Award Name: Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Jeff Klein
Phone: 856.673.2521
Email: jklein@jfedsnj.org

Award Name: Saltzman Future Leadership Program
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Award Name: Teen Israel Experiences
Qualifying Type: Need-based

Award Name: BJBI Youth Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Penina Hoffnung
Phone: 856.673.2508
Email:phoffnung@jfedsnj.org

New Mexico

Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Sam Sokolove
Phone: 505.821.3214
Email: sam@Jewishnewmexico.org

New York

New York
 TRY Scholarship Fund – works in conjunction with UJA/NY Federation.
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Judy Greene
Phone: 212 678 8883
Email: Ramahisrael@jtsa.edu
UJA/NY Federation – www.ujafedny.org

Albany & Northeastern New York

Award Name: Jewish Enrichment Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Deborah Chapman Goldstein
Phone: 518.783.7800 x 230
Email: dgoldstein@jewishfedny.org

Award Name: The Israel Experience Program
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Marci Galinkin
Phone: 518.783.7800 x 239
Email: mgalinkin@jewishfedny.org

Buffalo

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Lisa Collins
Phone: 877.933.6369
Email: Lisa@jewishphilanthropies.org

Orange County

Award Name: The Jack and Jessica Blinkoff Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Competitive
Amount: Full cost of an Israel trip

Award Name: Youth 2 Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Phone: 845.562.7860

Erie or Niagara County

Israel Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

Rochester

Award Name: Gift of Israel Incentive Savings Fund
Qualifying Type: Matching

Award Name: Israel Teen Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Aileen Koffman
Phone: 585.461.0490 x8650
Email: akoffman@jewishrochester.org

Syracuse

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Judith Stander
Phone: 315.445.2040 x114
Email: jstander@jewishfederationcny.org

North Carolina

Charlotte

Award Name: Gorelick Teens to Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/first serve
Contact: Rachael Levine
Phone: 704.944.6751
Email: Rachael.Levine@jewishcharlotte.org

Durham-Chapel Hill

Award Name: Sara & E.J. Evans Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit
Contact: Sam Norton
Phone: 919.354.4955
Email: sam@shalomdch.org

Greensboro

Award Name: Greensboro’s Israel Experience Grant Program
Qualifying Type: Not need-based
Contact: Rachel Wolf
Phone: 336.852.5433 x229
Email: rwolf@shalomgreensboro.org

Award Name: Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based, for first peer Israel experience
Contact: Betsy Gamburg
Phone: 336.852.4829 x222
Email: bgamburg@shalomgreensboro.org

Ohio

Akron

Award Name: The Israel Incentive Savings Program (IISP)
Qualifying Type: Matching

Award Name: Ted Marks Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Merit
Amount: Varies
Contact: Josh Mantel
Phone: 330.835.0000
Email: Josh_Mantel@shawjcc.org

Cincinnati

Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: None
Contact: Sharon Spiegel
Phone: 513.985.1536
Email: SSpiegel@jfedcin.org

Cleveland

Award Name: Jewish Identity and Israel Travel Program Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Award Name: Gift of Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Helen Wolf
Phone: 216.371.0449
Email: hwolf@jecc.org

Columbus

Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Incentive/need-based
Contact: Marla Davis
Phone: 614.559.3250
Email: mdavis@tcjf.org

Toledo

Award Name: Jewish Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Rene Rusgo
Phone: 419.724.0365
Email: rene@jewishtoledo.org

Oregon

Portland

Award Name: Teen Israel Experience Program
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Amount: Up to $4,000 or 80% of the program
Contact: Your Congregational Rabbi

Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley

Award Name: Teen Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Incentive grant
Contact: Mark Goldstein
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: markg@jflv.org

Award Name: Visit Israel Savings Partnership
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Abby Trachtman
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: abbyt@jflv.org

Philadelphia

Award Name: Passport to Israel Incentive Savings Fund
Qualifying Type: Matching

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Pam Pearlmutter
Phone: 215.832.0837
Email: ppearlmutter@jfgp.org

Pittsburgh

Award Name: Israel Scholarships Program
Qualifying Type: Incentive
Award Name: I-Connect Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based

Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching
Contact: Efrat Avramovich
Phone: 412.521.1101 x 3002
Email: efrat@ajlpittsburgh.org

Rhode Island

Award Name: Israel Scholarship Salmanson Family Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Larry Katz
Phone: 401.331.0956 x179
Email: lkatz@shalomri.org

Tennessee

Memphis

Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein
Phone: 901.767.7100
Email: bzuckerbrot-finkelstein@memjfed.org

Nashville

Award Name: Mary & Harry Zimmerman Youth Exchange Endowment Fund
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Award Name: Israel Incentive Grant
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Contact: Vanessa Leibowitz
Phone: 615.354.1624
Email: Vanessa@jewishnashville.org

Texas

Austin

Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First-come/First-serve
Contact: Dana Epstein
Phone: 512.735.8008
Email: dana.epstein@shalomaustin.org

Dallas

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Sarah Glauben
Phone: 214.615.5275
Email: sglauben@jfgd.org

Houston

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Paulette Walden
Phone: 713.729.7000 x 309
Email: pwalden@houstonjewish.org

San Antonio

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Enrolled in Chai High Program
Contact: Judy Lackritz
Phone: 210.302.696o
Email: lackritzj@jfsatx.org

Vermont

Grants to individuals: Israel Travel & Study
Qualifying Type: Must live in Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, or southern VT
Contact: Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Phone: 413.736.2552
Email: gti@hgf.org

Virginia

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Not need Based
Contact: Sara Rosenbaum
Phone: 804.545.8629
Email: srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org

Washington

Award Name: Teen Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Cindy Bockelman
Phone: 206.774.2251
Email: cindyb@jewishinseattle.org

Washington, DC

Award Name: Israel Quest Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Marla Hurwitz
Phone: 301.348.7357

Email: Marla.Hurwitz@shalomdc.org

Wisconsin

Award Name: Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Rabbi Hannah Greenstein
Phone: 414.390.5764
Email: hannahg@milwaukeejewish.org

Award Name: Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Jen Vettrus
Phone: 414.390.5722
Email: jenv@milwaukeejewish.org

Canada

Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA
Phone: 02-6202234
Email: milga@uiac.org.il

www.jewishcanada.org

Vancouver, British Columbia

Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Contact: Shelley Goldberg
Phone: 604.257.5100
Email: sgoldberg@jewishvancouver.com
www.jewishvancouver.com