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Jewish Endowment Foundation Scholarship Applications Due April 11

The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts (JEF) has scholarships available for young adult travel to Israel and college education. Time is running out to apply. The deadline, April 11th, is only two weeks away!

Young adult Israel travel scholarships are available to local students participating in eligible programs including educational/cultural tours and study in Israel. Applications will be considered for local area residents participating in programs that will take place during the summer of 2014 or in the 2014-2015 academic year. Included in this pool of funds is the Lillian and Phillip Bessoff Simcha Restricted Fund that provides support for local Jewish teens and young adults to participate in organized Jewish activities (including Israel travel, Jewish camps, and Maccabi Games).

To be considered individuals must:
-complete the online application, and submit
the first two pages of their parents’ 2013 federal tax return,
-a personal essay,
-a letter of recommendation from a Rabbi, teacher or community leader,
-and evidence of enrollment in a qualifying program.

College scholarships are available from two pools of funds: the Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship Funds and the JEF Common Fund. Both sets of scholarships are administered through a single application process. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. Two of the scholarships, Blanche Alport Memorial Scholarship Fund for Judaic Studies and the Jeffrey A. Parish Fund for Study in Israel, are available only to students studying in Israel. The Cantor Kalman Chaitovsky Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to students continuing their Jewish education in secondary (high) schools and undergraduate studies. The Aaron Posnik Family Fund provides scholarships to local Jewish students who demonstrate excellence and achievement in athletics.

To be considered, individuals must
-complete the online application, and submit
an official school transcript (for high school students this must include GPA, class rank, if applicable, and their SAT or ACT scores), a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) including Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI),
-a personal statement,
-and a letter of recommendation.
For students applying for the Parish scholarship, the letter of recommendation must be from a Judaic or Hebrew studies teacher, a Rabbi, or a leader in the Jewish community.
Posnik award applicants must provide a statement of their athletic achievements.
All materials must be postmarked or received by April 11, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions regarding either scholarship program, please email Michelle Lancto or call her at 413-732-9994.

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