Jewish Scholarships

jewish scholarships

As tuition bills start rolling into mailboxes nation wide, many students are starting their search for unique and weird scholarships to help fill the gap. These days, there are plenty of weird and interesting scholarships out there. Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of Jewish scholarship opportunities become available. If you are Jewish, you should know that there are plenty of opportunities out there just for you!

At Weird Scholarships we decided to organize the most popular Jewish scholarships in one place.
Below you will find scholarships for Jewish students. If you meet their requirements, you may be able to secure financial aid for college from one or more.

The Top Jewish Scholarships Available

Jewish Vocational Service Scholarships

The Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) program of scholarships provides Los Angeles-based Jewish students with financial aid that is needs-based. It is based on the belief that your education represents your first step to success in your career.

The JVS scholarship program was founded in 1972 and has awarded more than 4,000 students with more than $6.5 million. Recipients may be high school graduates, current college students and people who wish to enter new career paths at a later point in life. Even if you have used their Jewish scholarships before, you are still eligible for these $2,000 to $10,000 awards, and you can use the money to study in any field.

JVS is committed to offering as much aid as students need and they encourage Jewish students to apply every year, even if they have won before. In this way, you can be helped all the way through your education. You can use the money in graduate schools, universities, four-year colleges and community colleges across the US.

To qualify for these scholarships:

  • You must be 16 years old or older.
  • You must be Jewish.
  • You must be a documented legal US resident (green card) or citizen.
  • You must be a legal, permanent resident of Los Angeles County for three years or more.
  • You must be enrolling full time to use these Jewish scholarships
  • You must be planning to attend a vocational school, university, private or public college that is in the United States and is accredited.
  • You must maintain a 2.7 GPA or higher if you are an undergrad student and a 3.0 or higher if you are a grad student, for every quarter or semester in which you are enrolled.
  • You must have proven financial need and include a FAFSA report.

Learn more at the JVS official website.


Jewish Federation Scholarships

This federation offers Jewish scholarships for you to attend graduate or undergraduate programs at non-profit, accredited universities or colleges. These scholarships are merit and need-based. They were designed to be a source of funding to be used as a last resort, to supplement contributions from other financial aid, awards and grants, as well as funding from yourself and your family.

Scholarship Facts:

  • Your application will be sorted automatically, based on your eligibility. You only need to apply once.
  • You may qualify for more than a single scholarship, and you could receive more rewards than just one.
  • Scholarships are only for first-time students. You must enroll in 12 units or more per semester.
  • Previous award recipients can apply for renewal every year, as long as you still meet the criteria for eligibility.

Learn more about these Jewish scholarships at their website.


Hebrew Free Loan Society Scholarships

The Hebrew Free Loan Foundation provides tuition assistance to Jewish students who are in financial need. They may only be used for secular studies, in universities, colleges, professional or graduate schools.

Qualification Notes:

  • You must study at higher learning institutions approved by HFLF
  • You must study in the Metro area of New York City
  • You must reapply each year for these Jewish scholarships if you still need funding
  • Assistance does not apply to religious studies
  • You cannot receive assistance if you are already on a full tuition waiver
  • Only one scholarship of this type is awarded each academic year

Check out their scholarship website for more information.


The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarships

You may qualify for these Jewish scholarships if you are a grad or undergrad student at a higher learning, accredited institution.

Qualified students will display artistic or academic excellence, as well as financial need.

Your parent(s) must reside in Sonoma, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa or Alameda counties in California, or in San Francisco or the Peninsula.

You must be a resident of the same area when you are not in school.

These scholarships number four to six each year, from $3,000 to $5,000 each.

If you are applying for the first time, you will need to supply:

  • Academic, financial, family and demographic data
  • College transcripts or the transcripts for your high school years
  • Two references, from counselors, teachers or professionals at the school you currently attend
  • One 1,000-word essay – This is especially important. If you are a new applicant, describe what drives you to achieve in Jewish service, the community and academics. Describe how your past has shaped you.
  • Statement of financial need from your parent(s) or yourself – Detail any new changes in economic or family circumstances in the last year that will support your claim of financial need.
  • List of activities, including Jewish participation, awards and outside activities

3.0 or higher GPA is required

Their website has more information about Jewish scholarship opportunities.


The 25th Annual Kaplun Essay Contest

These scholarships are offered by the Betty and Morris Kaplun Foundation.

To qualify, submit an essay describing:

  • What binds Jews of all religious observance degrees together?

To enter:

  • Include your name, birth date, telephone number, address, school name and grade and email address.
  • Essays should be typed and must be at least 250 words in length.

For more information, you may visit the official website.


Elisa and Jack Klein Scholarship Fund

These popular Jewish scholarships are sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America.

To be eligible, you must be a Jewish undergrad student. Occasionally, grad students are also accepted.

You must be attending an accredited, four-year university or college.


  • Involvement in the Jewish community
  • Strong academic record
  • Financial need

In order to apply, your parent(s) must be San Francisco or Peninsula residents, or reside in Sonoma or Marin counties. If you are an exceptional student, you may be awarded one of these Jewish scholarships even if your parents do not have a permanent address in the area stated above.

Eight to 10 scholarships are awarded annually, at $3,000 to $5,000 per award.

Check the Jewish Federation scholarship website for additional information.


J Marvin Anmuth Scholarships

These Jewish scholarships are sponsored by the Jewish Federation. They are awarded once annually, with a value of $2,500 to $5,000.

To be eligible, you:

  • Must be a Jewish grad or undergrad student who pursues an electrical engineering degree at a graduate school, college or university that is accredited
  • Must show financial need
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Must demonstrate community leadership
  • Must show evidence of your practice of tzedakah and tikkun olam
  • Must reside in the bay area of San Francisco

Learn more about Jewish Federation scholarships at their website.