Scholarships

College Scholarships

The Jewish Community Federation provides scholarships for students to attend undergraduate or graduate programs at accredited, non-profit colleges or universities. Scholarships are granted based on both merit and financial need and are intended to be “last money” funding to supplement student and family contributions, as well as other financial aid, grants and awards.

Applications for the 2014-15 academic year are now open!
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Click here to apply for a renewal of a scholarship.

 

Scholarship eligibility
  • JCF's College Scholarships are funded by 10 different scholarship funds, each with their own eligibility criteria and requirements.
  • Most (but not all) scholarships are for Jewish students from the Federation Service Area (Sonoma and Marin Counties, San Francisco and the Peninsula, Sunnyvale and north) to attend an undergraduate program, based on a combination of need and merit.
  • There are exceptions. See below for details on each scholarship.
  • Applicants may be eligible for more than one scholarship fund and may receive more than one award.
  • Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Renewals are not guaranteed.
  • Scholarships are for full-time students only, enrolled in 12 plus units per quarter/semester.
  • Undergraduate students must be under the age of 24 and graduate students must be under the age of 30, as of January 1 of the application year.

Scholarship funds and criteria:

Frequently asked questions


How to apply

 
The application for first-time applicants will require the following information:
  • Demographic, family, financial and academic data
  • Two references (teacher, professor or counselor) from where you are currently enrolled. You will contact them to provide an academic recommendation.
  • Cumulative transcripts for college or the last four years of high school. (GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to apply.)
  • A 1000 word essay. The selection committee weighs this heavily! For new applicants: What drives you to achieve: in academics, community or Jewish service, and/or career goals? How has your past shaped the person you are today?
  • Statement of Economic Circumstances from either you or your parent(s). Describe any changes in family or economic circumstances over the past year that support your request for financial aid this year. Include known events in the coming year that will impact your family. If a parent has lost his or her job, indicate the date unemployment began, the date unemployment will end and the estimated cost of this change. If work hours were reduced, provide the estimated cost of this change. Highlight any of the following: single parent, first generation émigré, special needs family member, multiple children attending, medical crisis, etc.
  • Activity Résumé listing awards, outside activities and Jewish participation.
  • Federal 2013 tax returns (or 2012 if 2013 not yet available) – first page only.
  • Financial aid award letter from the college listing all grants, loans and outside awards you received, if you have received it by the application deadline.
Renewal Information:  If you received a JCF13 academic year. 

Selection and notification process

All scholarship application data is held strictly confidential and reviewed without any identifying information (anonymously) by sestablished selection criteria.
 
Applicants will be notified by email by the end of the summer of 2014. Award checks made out to the institution will be mailed to the students to forward to their college or university.

Scholarship funds and criteria:


Marvin Anmuth Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree program in electrical engineering at an accredited college, university or graduate school.
Qualifications: Financial need, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership in the Jewish or general community, evidence of practicing tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world – volunteerism).
Residency requirements: Applicant must reside within the San Francisco Bay Area.
Annual grant: 1 scholarship of $2500-5,000.

The Nathan Jay Friedman College Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate students who are accepted to or are attending an accredited undergraduate college or university program.
Qualifications: Outstanding academic record and financial need.
Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, Sonoma or Alameda Counties.
Annual Grant: 1-3 scholarships of $1,500 - $5,000 or more. 
 

The Elaine and Barry Gilbert College Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors who will attend a University of California campus. Preference given to graduates of San Francisco’s Lowell or Washington High School.
Qualifications: Financial need, 3.5 GPA or better, and demonstrated Jewish involvement.
Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, and Sonoma Counties.
Annual Grants: 1-3 new scholarship per academic year of $3,000 - $5,000. Re-applicants from prior years will be funded if they continue to meet the criteria. 
 

The Stephanie G. Hoffman Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate or graduate student accepted to or attending an accredited college/university program.
Qualifications: Major in Library Science, English Literature, or related field, with the intention of working with underserved children to excite them through reading to pursue higher education.
Undergraduate residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Graduate residency requirements: Applicant must be a permanent resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Annual Grant: 2-3 scholarships of $2,000 - $5,000. 
 

Jack and Elisa Klein Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish undergraduates and, on occasion, graduate students accepted or attending a four-year accredited college or university.
Qualifications: Financial need, strong academic record, and Jewish community involvement.
Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Please Note: on occasion, will consider exceptional Jewish students whose parents' permanent address is outside the above-stated area.
Annual Grants: 8 to 10 scholarships: $3,000-$5,000 each. 
 

Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors and renewals only.
Qualifications: Strong academic record, leadership potential, and financial need.
Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, and Sonoma Counties.
Annual Grants: Multiple new scholarships will be considered. 
 

The Gail Karp Orgell Scholarship

Eligibility: Jewish female undergraduate students, attending a four-year university program.
Qualifications: Focus on academic excellence, achievements in leadership, and involvement in athletics.
Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Annual Grants: 1-2 scholarships: $2,000-$4,000 each.
 

The S.F. Humanities, Inc: Leo Hills Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate students accepted into or attending an accredited college/university program or art/music institution.
Qualifications: Student must have proven track record of excellence in area of fine arts. Prefer high school senior graduating from Jewish Community High School of the Bay, Kehillah Jewish High School, or Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy or in a dedicated public school arts' program.
Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Annual Grants: 1-2 scholarships of $500 - $1,000. 

The Shirley and Robert Raymer College Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors who have been accepted to an academically selective, four-year college or university.
Qualifications: Academic excellence, financial need and demonstration of Jewish community involvement.
Graduate residency requirements: Applicant must be a permanent resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Annual Grants: 2 scholarships: $10,000 each. 
Note: No Renewal Scholarships Granted
 

The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship

Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students at accredited institutions of higher learning and/or the arts, who are children of gay or lesbian parent(s).
Qualifications: Academic and/or artistic excellence and financial need.
Undergraduate residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.
Graduate residency requirements: Applicant must be a permanent resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.
Annual Grants: 4 to 6 scholarships: $3,000 - $5,000 each.

 

Frequently asked questions


How many scholarships are awarded and what are the amounts?
  • The number of awards varies each year depending on the number of qualified applicants and the funds available.
  • While award amounts range from $1,000-$10,000, most are between $1,000 and $5,000.
What can scholarship funds be used for?
The scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load, but NOT to room and board or other expenses.

Can I apply for more than one year?
Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Renewal applicants must fill out a renewal application that demonstrates both continued merit and financial need and be approved by JCF's scholarship committee.
 
What happens to my scholarship if I transfer to a different school?
year, you must contact s scholarship administrator immediately. Your original school will refund the remaining scholarship to JCF and the scholarship committee may consider transferring the funds to your new school if you still meet eligibility criteria. If you transfer between academic years, you must apply for a renewal with your new school information to be reconsidered for renewal funding. 
 
I have several potential school choices. Which one should I list on the application?
You should list your first choice on the application. If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make certain s scholarship administrator is aware of your final school choice so that your check can be issued accordingly

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?
  • You must enroll as a full-time undergraduate or graduate in the Fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded (12 plus units per quarter/semester).
  • You must continue in school the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by scholarship sponsor.
  • You must deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution.
How and when are checks issued?
  • Checks will be mailed to each recipient’s mailing address as entered on the application.
  • Checks will be made payable to the institution only.
  • Checks will be issued in August.
  • s responsibility to notify s scholarship administrator should the check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date. 
Are scholarships taxable? Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance.

Questions?
For all application related questions please contact JCF's scholarship vendor at 1-800-537-4180 or JCF@scholarshipamerica.org
For any other questions, contact Corinne Forstot-Burke, by email at CorinneF@sfjcf.org.

 

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