Israel Scholarships

For Your Israel Trip

Need- and non-need-based scholarships available.

Israel is waiting for you when you're ready!

Eligibility Rules for Israel Scholarships

ELIGIBILTY RULES FOR ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIPS

FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS

Residency Requirement: (must meet one of the following categories)

  • Be a dependent Jewish student with parents or legal guardians residing in Western Pennsylvania as permanent residents of Pittsburgh and areas served by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, at the
    time of application.
  • Students attending out of state colleges or boarding schools are eligible if their parents' or guardians' permanent residence is in the areas mentioned above.
  • Be a young adult, not claimed as a dependent on parental tax returns, residing in Western Pennsylvania as a permanent resident of Pittsburgh and areas served by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, at
    the time of application.

Eligibility by Age:

  • Teens in 9th grade or above, and young adults through age 27, are eligible to apply for scholarships. Exceptions may be made for pre-teens on a case-by-case basis.

Repeat Applicants:

  • Priority consideration is given to first time visitors.
  • Repeat applications, up to a maximum of three trips, are considered but each trip must be for a different experience or program; scholarships will not be awarded for the same program in more than one year.

Length of Stay:

  • A Minimum 1-week stay in Israel is required, with priority and a full non-need scholarship going to trips that are at least 3 weeks or 21 days long. Funding amounts for one-week long trips will be considered on a case by case basis.

Eligible Programs:

  • Programs must be by an organization offering supervision, travel and/or study.
  • Scholarship is NOT available for family trips.
  • College, high school, summer work-study program or Kibbutz Ulpan programs are appropriate.
  • University and graduate students applying for MASA scholarships will be considered for Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Israel Scholarships, based on availability of funds.
  • Consideration for special student programs not otherwise meeting the requirements herein are subject to approval of the Committee.

Scholarship Award Amounts and Stipulations:

  • Scholarship amounts will vary depending on the length of a trip.
    • Day School Trips: $1300
    • One-week trips will be decided on a case by case basis
    • March of the Living: $1300
    • 21 days & over 3 weeks: $2200
  • In the event that a 3 week or 21 day trip costs less than the full scholarship allotment of $2200.00, the award will be determined by the committee.
  • The need-based scholarship award is from $0 to $3000.00 depending on demonstrated need.
  • Scholarship funds are sent to the program or trip provider, not to individuals.
  • Commitment to complete the program is required. If a trip is cancelled by the provider or if an applicant does not go, applicants must notify the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM of the cancellation so that the scholarship money may be refunded in full. If an applicant leaves leave his/her program before its completion, s/he must notify the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM so that funds can be returned to
    them pro-rated.

Requirements for the Need-Based Scholarship

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP

  • Completion of all non-need-based scholarship requirements as outlined above;
  • Completion of the need-based portion of the online application;
  • Submission of most recent tax return

Information pertaining to applying for 2020-2021 grants will be available in October.

If you have questions, please contact Debbie Swartz, Overseas Planning Director, at dswartz@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5207.

PROGRAM FUNDS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS.

Ready to apply?

Please review the application instructions below.

Detailed Application Instructions

  • Applicants with an existing account

    Find instructions here »

  • New Applicants

    Find instructions here »

Additional Resources for Israel Travel Funding

Teens and young adults

Families

Find the Right Program!

Local Programs with Israel trips

Youth Movement Programs

Conservative

Orthodox

Reform

Pluralistic Youth Movements

International / Gap Year / Semester

  • MASA Israel
    Israel is a funding partnership between the Jewish Federations of North America, the government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel and its partners, and Keren HaYesod. Go to masaisrael.org to get information about more than 200 programs and grants.
  • Alexander Muss High School in Israel

 

20-21 Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Night Dates

All scholarship applicants are required to attend a group program with other applicants. The goal of the session is for the applicants and their parents to learn about the work of the Jewish Federation, share their expectations for the trip and ask any questions. As of now all Israel Scholarship Night sessions will be held over Zoom.

ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT AT THE JEWISH FEDERATION

All sessions are at 7:30 pm via Zoom and will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. A zoom link will be sent prior to the session. All scholarship applicants are required to attend the Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Night. Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend. Applicants must choose one of these dates on the online application.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Tuesday, May 6, 2021

 

LECH L'CHA — GET GOING!

The Israel Scholarship Program is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Campaign, with additional funding for need-based scholarships funded by The Stanley z"l and Flo Mae Moravitz Israel Scholarship Endowment Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. The Passport to Israel Program is funded by the Sholom Comay Family Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Debbie Swartz

Israel & Overseas Planning Associate
(412) 992-5208
dswartz@jfedpgh.org

Still Have a Question?

Contact Debbie Swartz for more information.

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