Israel Scholarships

For Your Israel Trip

Needs and non-needs based scholarships available.

Deadline for all applications: April 30, 2019

Get FREE Money for a Trip to Israel!

Application Instructions

PLEASE READ these Instructions for completing the Israel Scholarship Application:

  1. Applications are submitted via the Federation Grantmaking Portal.
  2. Please choose the sign-up button at the bottom right corner of the screen and create your profile and password – PLEASE NOTE: This profile should be in the name of the APPLICANT/STUDENT/TEEN, not the parent.
  3. We strongly recommend that this application be completed together with both child/student and parent/legal guardian.
  4. Once you are logged into your new account, please complete the eligibility quiz, underneath the “IMPORTANT NOTICE” that you must read.
  5. When completing the quiz, you will be ask what grant you are applying for today – choose “Israel Scholarships.” Please DO NOT choose any other grant, as the Israel Scholarship is the ONLY grant we offer for Israel teen travel.
  6. Once you have completed the quiz, you will be prompted back to your home screen. Please scroll down and choose the BLUE BUTTON that says “View Applications.”
  7. Under your applications table, you will see Israel Scholarship Program listed  - at the end of the table, under “Actions,” please choose the CREATE SUBMISSIONS button, which will prompt you to the actual application.
  8. This will prompt you to the “application round” page with your list of TASKS: please fill out the “Israel Scholarship Program Application” in full.
  9. If you plan on also applying for need-based funds, when you are asked in the application if you want to apply for need-based aid, please choose YES. You will need to complete the second task, “Need-based Application Form – Israel Scholarship Program.” After completing this/these prerequisite tasks, you will be able to upload your acceptance letter from the Israel travel program you plan to attend. PLEASE NOTE – you will be asked to upload tax documents if you submit a Need-based Israel Scholarship Application.
  10. Once you complete your application and choose the SUBMIT button, you will receive confirmation of your submission and further notification from our Israel Scholarship Program Director.
  11. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Debbie Swartz at 412-992-5208 or

Teens and young adults


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18-19 Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Night Dates

All scholarship applicants are required to attend a group program with other applicants at the Federation. 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.


All sessions are at 7:30 pm
at the Jewish Federation Building
2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

December 13, 2018
February 21, 2019
April 24, 2019
May 21, 2019


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 here. All sessions will begin at 7:30 pm.


The Israel Scholarship Program is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Annual 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

Still Have a Question?

Contact Debbie Swartz for more information.

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