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College Scholarships Available

SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF) of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. is accepting applications for college education scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The deadline for applications is April 7. Applications are available at, use the link to Scholarships on the left-hand navigation bar.

All college scholarships are administered through a single application process. Students completing the application and meeting eligibility requirements will be considered for both the Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship Awards and JEF Common Fund Awards.


Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship Fund Awards:

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Springfield Section established its first scholarship fund in 1943. In 1992, the Springfield Council of Jewish Women transferred their funds to the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The program has grown to include more than 28 named funds and annual awards. In addition to the funds begun by the NCJW, this committee oversees the distribution of awards from the Edna Frankel Memorial Fund and the Jonas and Ann Heit Foundation. Scholarships are available to all qualified undergraduate students regardless of race, religion or gender who reside in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Springfield, West Springfield or Wilbraham. Awards range from $750 to $2,000 and are renewable for up to four years.


JEF Common Fund Awards (available to Jewish students):

Blanche Alport Memorial Scholarship Fund for Judaic Studies
Libby Behar and family established this fund in memory of her sister for college students studying in Israel. Preference is given to students attending Hebrew University.


Lloyd Bardach B’nai B’rith
Scholarship Fund Transferred to the Jewish Endowment Foundation from the local B’nai B’rith Chapter, the fund was established to provide college scholarships to local Jewish students. Applications will be accepted from any Jewish resident of the greater Springfield community.


Cantor Kalman Chaitovsky Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by the friends and family of the Chaitovskys, scholarships are awarded to students continuing their Jewish education in secondary schools and undergraduate studies.


Maurice Kurn Memorial Fund
Originally established as the Maurice Kurn Foundation of the Jewish Community Center Council in 1965, this fund was transferred to the Jewish Endowment Foundation to primarily support individuals seeking advanced degrees in the field of Jewish communal service. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated interest and/or commitment to serving the Jewish community in Springfield and the surrounding communities.


Jeffrey A. Parish Fund for Study in Israel
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parish established this fund in memory of their son, Jeffrey A. Parish. The fund is available for undergraduate or graduate study in Israel, with preference given to graduate students. Applicants must live in the Pioneer Valley. Awards are based on potential for future Jewish leadership, academic achievement and need.


Aaron Posnik Family Fund
This fund was established by the Posnik grandchildren to provide college scholarships to local Jewish students in the greater Springfield community who demonstrate excellence and achievement in athletics. Applications for advanced degrees will be considered if an award recipient is not selected from an undergraduate program.

For more information, contact Michelle Lancto at (413) 732-9994 or



Israel Young Adult Scholarship Applications Available

SPRINGFIELD – The Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF), a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., is accepting applications for its Israel Young Adult Scholarship Program. Applications are available online at The application deadline is April 7. (If you are attending college in Israel, use the academic scholarship application form.)

This scholarship program is available to local students participating in eligible programs including Israel educational/cultural tours, and study in Israel. Applications will be considered for local area residents participating in programs taking place during the summer of 2017 or the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements vary by fund.


Hebrew Education, Culture and Israel Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1995 by the Trustees of the former United Hebrew School. Applicants must live in Hampden County and have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Students must participate in a summer teen study and/or tour program in Israel. Awards are based on continuing Jewish education, community involvement, qualifications and potential for future leadership.


Melvin and Florence Lavin Fund for Israel Travel
This fund was established in 1998 by the Lavin family to support college and graduate students who wish to travel to Israel for an educational or cultural program.  Priority is given to students who are unaffiliated and/or have not been to Israel before.


Jody Berg Memorial Fund
This fund was established to provide scholarships for teen travel to Israel.  Financial need is the primary criterion for this award.


Nathan & Joan Libby Jewish Education Fund
Monies from this fund are available to high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors for participation in teen study and/or tour programs in Israel.  Awards are based on need, qualifications, and potential for Jewish leadership.


Lillian and Phillip Bessof Simcha Restricted Fund
This fund was established to provide support for local Jewish teens and young adults to participate in organized Jewish-oriented activities.


Irving and Mollie Merrill Scholarship Fund
Established in 2000, this fund provides scholarships to teens and young adults who wish to pursue their Jewish education in Israel. Preference is given to congregants of Congregation B’nai Torah, Temple Beth El, or Sinai Temple.


Lynn and William Foggle 50th Anniversary Fund for Israel Scholarships
Established in 2005, this fund provides financial assistance to students from the Springfield area who participate in educational travel to Israel during or upon completion of 11th or 12th grade.


Leslie and Beatrice Kahan Scholarship Fund and
Bertha and Abraham Ritterman Scholarship Fund
Established in 2010, these funds provide scholarships for a variety of purposes, including travel to Israel.


Complete descriptions for all funds are detailed in the scholarship application and online at

For more information, contact Michelle Lancto at (413) 732-9994 or

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