Scholarship

Scholarships for Jewish college and graduate students

College is expensive. The Jewish community through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago can help.

Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is available primarily for those with FINANCIAL NEED who are pursuing careers in the helping professions. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000.

JVS Chicago processes academic scholarship applications from eligible students who have financial need that cannot fully be met by other appropriate resources. Please complete the correct forms according to your status.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

You are eligible to apply if you

  • Are Jewish
  • Were born and raised in Chicago metropolitan area*, including Lake County, Indiana; or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment.
  • Intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school
  • Are entering an accredited graduate program in a helping profession on a full-time basis for the full 2015-2016 academic year OR
  • Are entering your junior or senior year of an accredited bachelor’s degree program in a helping profession on a full-time basis for the full 2015-2016 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate career promise
  • Are available for an in-person interview between March 1 and April 20, 2015

*Chicago metropolitan area includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Applicants must demonstrate career promise in a helping profession such as:

  • Medicine

doctor
physician's assistant
dentist
nurse
pharmacist
chiropractor
veterinarian
dental hygienist

physical therapist
occupational therapist
optometrist
audiologist
speech therapist
researcher
geneticist
  • Education

teacher
journalist

Jewish studies
  • Jewish Communal Service
  • The Rabbinate

rabbi

cantor

  • Social Service

social worker
psychologist

therapist/counselor
gerontologist
  •  Performing and Fine Arts

musician
artist
actor/actress
photographer

sculptor
playwright
poet

  • Business
  • Healthcare/Public Health
  • Urban Affairs/Public Policy
  • Law
  • Physical/Natural Sciences
  • Technical/Sciences

mathematician
chemist
biochemist
computer scientist
other sciences

engineer
biomedical engineer
environmental engineer
architect

  • Communications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign only

If you’re not sure if your educational path qualifies as a helping profession, please check with JVS Chicago at 312.673.3444 to verify eligibility before completing application.

New Applicants

Renewal Applicants

Contact us

Call 312.673.3444 or email us at jvsscholarship@jvschicago.org.

For information on the Jewish Federation Shirley Ehrlich Student Loan Program, click here.

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