Scholarship Services

We know that not everyone has access to the tuition needed for higher education. That is why, for over 50 years, JVS has been helping Jewish students  realize their dreams of going to college.

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.

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) processes academic scholarship applications from eligible students who have financial needs that cannot fully be met by other appropriate resources. Please complete the correct forms according to your status.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

Your application will not be considered unless ALL documentation is received by February 15, 2014 with the exclusion of 2013 tax returns. For more information call (312) 673-3444 or e-mail

Who we help

The primary criteria for an award are career promise and financial need. Please review the following eligibility requirements before proceeding to the application instructions and forms.

  • Applicants must be Jewish
  • Applicants must meet one or both of the following criteria:
    Born and/or raised in either:
    Cook County, Chicago metropolitan area, or Northwest Indiana
    One continuous year of full-time employment in Cook County or Chicago metropolitan area prior to starting professional education.

PLEASE NOTE: The Chicago metropolitan area includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties. Northwest Indiana includes Lake County.

  • Applicants must intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school
  • Applicants must be entering an accredited professional graduate education program on a full-time basis (school acceptance is not required at time of scholarship application)
  • Undergraduate applicants must be entering the junior or senior year of an accredited professional education program that will allow them to pursue employment in their chosen helping professions at a Bachelor's degree level
  • 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
    • Technical/Sciences
  • mathematician
  • chemist
  • biochemist
  • computer scientist
  • other sciences
  • engineer
  • biomedical engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • architect
    • College of Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign only
    • Other (please check with JVS at 312-673-3444 to verify "helping profession" eligibility before completing application)
  • Applicants must be available for a personal interview at Jewish Vocational Service between March 1 and April 20, 2014.

Questions? Call (312) 673-3444

How we help

JVS screens academic scholarship applications to determine eligibility to receive funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. As one of our prospective students, our counselors will interview and assist you in preparing a scholarship request.  Application for a scholarship is not a guarantee of an award.

For links to helpful community resources click here.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call (312) 673-3444 or

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

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New Applicants


Renewal applications are for students that were awarded scholarships for the
2013-2014 academic year only.

Instructions - Please click each section below for additional information.

Forms to be completed - Please click each section below to obtain forms.

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