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Together, we enable children, teens, and young adults to connect to their heritage through day schools, camping, Israel trips, and other programs. We hope you’ll apply for scholarships offered through our network of agencies as they provide powerful Jewish experiences.

Each year, we allocate more than $5 million for critical scholarships.

Jewish and Israel Experiences

Israel Experience scholarships are available to high school students and young adults under the age of 30, who live in New York City or Nassau, Suffolk, or Westchester counties. To apply for scholarships, potential participants must register with Israel programs pre-approved by UJA-Federation. Young adults are eligible for financial-assistance scholarships. Through the Robert A. Belfer Family Fellowships, Singer Scholarship Awards, and Chaverim Awards, high school students can receive both need-based and merit scholarships. Learn more about approved programs and special criteria.

The Rose Biller Day School Scholarship Fund enables schools to award scholarships to students with financial need. Jewish day schools and yeshivot in New York City or Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties are eligible to apply for scholarships. Schools can submit any students that demonstrate financial need, and priority may be given to students at the highest level of need, including transfer students from non-Jewish schools and students entering high school demonstrating the highest level of need. $1,000,000 in Rose Biller awards are given annually towards the cost of day school tuition.

The Shapiro Family Fellowship enables 14 exceptional young professionals each summer to participate in a fully paid 10-day Israel experience. To be eligible, candidates must be 22 to 28 years of age and either live, work, or attend school in the New York metropolitan area. All candidates must have traveled to Israel prior to applying. The fellowship matches participants with Israeli mentors and peers in their chosen fields, offering a unique way for them to experience Israel through authentic, interpersonal connections. Upon return from the trip, participants become part of a growing network of Shapiro Family Fellows who participate in yearlong programs, which provide meaningful professional development and a deepened knowledge of Israel, the global Jewish community, and UJA-Federation of New York. To apply, please contact Shannon Sarna at .

Taglit-Birthright Israel funds first-time, peer-group educational trips to Israel for young Jewish adults, ages 18 to 26, who have not participated in an organized Israel trip or study program, or lived in Israel past the age of 12. The gift covers round-trip airfare (from designated cities), hotel, transportation, most meals, and other associated land costs. UJA-Federation funds a number of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips for New Yorkers. To apply, please contact Shannon Sarna at .

Higher Education

Graduate fellowships and scholarships are available through UJA-Federation’s Wiener Educational Center for students pursuing careers in New York’s Jewish not-for-profit sector. Fellowships include a scholarship toward a graduate degree, professional development, and educational seminars. To apply for a fellowship, students must be pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology, Jewish education, nonprofit business administration, nonprofit management, public administration, rabbinic ordination, cantorial studies, special education or social work. Students interested in working within the Jewish federation system can also apply for fellowships.

Hebrew Free Loan Society offers three different scholarship programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education students. To apply for scholarships through the Hebrew Free Loan Society, candidates must meet specific criteria. These scholarships are funded by UJA-Federation and administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society.

UJA-Federation of New York’s Selim and Rachel Benin scholarship funds enable greater numbers of academically gifted, economically disadvantaged students to pursue undergraduate and graduate academic degrees in scientific fields in Israel.