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Knapp Campus Leadership Award

The Jules and Gwen Knapp Campus Leadership Award is given annually to a full-time student seeking a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university who demonstrates extraordinary leadership abilities and has a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants must self-identify as Jewish and commit to attending at least one Hillel event in the upcoming school year. Previous attendance at Hillel events is NOT a requirement for this scholarship.

Renewable for up to two additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after the third school year/payment or student’s completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.


Knapp First-Generation Student Award

Jules and Gwen Knapp believed deeply in the power of higher education to transform the lives of individuals and families, and have dedicated this award to that pursuit. Top applicants will have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a demonstrated impact of leadership, entrepreneurship, and/or volunteerism in their local or campus community. To qualify as a first-generation student, the applicant’s parents/guardians must not have completed a four-year college or university degree.

Renewable for up to three additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after the fourth school year/payment or student’s completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.


Lilly E. Reiser Undergraduate Student Scholarship

The Lilly E. Reiser Undergraduate Student $10,000 Scholarship will be awarded annually to eight graduating high school seniors or students on a gap year who are preparing to seek a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate a record of leadership and/or volunteer service in any aspect of their local community, and must also self-identify as Jewish.

Renewable for up to three additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after fourth school year/payment or student’s completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.


Lilly E. Reiser Graduate Scholarship

Lilly E. Reiser believed deeply in the power of higher education to transform the lives of individuals and families, and has dedicated this award to that pursuit. In support of Hillel’s mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, we are pleased to offer five different scholarship opportunities to Jewish students for the 2024-25 academic year.

The Lilly E. Reiser Graduate Student Award is given annually to a Jewish student who will be attending graduate school in the U.S. in the upcoming school year and who has demonstrated academic excellence and made a difference in their community. Applicants must have completed or be on track to complete their undergraduate degree by June 30, 2024, and be attending graduate school in the fall of 2024. Applicants must self-identify as Jewish. Previous attendance at Hillel events is NOT a requirement for this scholarship. There is no requirement for the concentration of study.


Inspection Support Network Skilled Trade and Technology Scholarship

Overview

Growing demand and lack of qualified workers in skilled trades and technology means it’s a great time to go back to school and enter these lucrative and fast-growing industries.

To help keep up with demand and assist the next generation of professionals, ISN will award a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students.

Eligibility

  • Must be 18 years or over and currently be enrolled as a high school senior, or in a community college, undergraduate, graduate, technical college, or vocational program in The United States.
  • Must have a minimum 3.4 GPA.
  • Must be pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to home services offered by ISN.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States.


Hillel International Scholarships

Get money for college! Hillel International scholarships are open to students who identify as Jewish, in the U.S. and Canada, who are attending or preparing to attend four-year colleges and universities or graduate school.


Google Lime Scholarship

Since 2008, Google is proud to support the work of Lime Connect. Recipients of the 2024 Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year. Designed for students with disabilities, $10,000 scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and a demonstrated passion for computer science for students studying in the U.S. (based on tuition costs). Visit the site for full eligibility requirements.


Feldman Family Scholarship

Due to the generosity of Dr. William and Mrs. Mary Feldman, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation is pleased to provide an annual scholarship to Jewish students living in Virginia, with priority to those from the Hampton Roads area, accepted to matriculate at a Virginia-based institution for a degree in their chosen healthcare field. Annual requests are confidentially reviewed by our scholarship committee and approved by the Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

This grant is for $10,000 and applications are accepted between May 1 and July 1 each year.


Top Ten Facts Students with Learning Disabilities Should Know when Choosing a College  

Approximately 15% of students in the United States experiences learning differences, ADHD, and/or autism. While for most, this presents challenges, at a good fit school, the probability of success in college is high. 

Based on the impact learning disabilities, ADHD, and/or autism has on a student’s ability to succeed in an academic setting, students and families can choose from a range of options available at many colleges and universities across the country. 


How to Save Money in College 

In this money saving lesson we are focusing on how to save money in college. The following modules can be implemented by those considering going to college or already attending. 


Jewish Scholarships Portal

We were tired of running countless Google searches and browsing the web to find college scholarships for Jewish students…so we put them all in one place! Hillel’s Jewish Scholarships Portal allows you to search for more than 600 college scholarships — just for Jewish students! Search scholarships by location, school year, award amount, study abroad, and much more.


Kobrin Family Scholarship (UCF)

The Kobrin Family Scholarship was established in 1990 to be awarded to a qualified, full-time, graduating high school student from the Jewish communities of Orange, Osceola, or Seminole County who will be attending the University of Central Florida (UCF). The scholarship is available in the amount of $2,500 per year for a maximum of four (4) years. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.1 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) each year while at UCF in order to remain qualified for the scholarship. For selection criteria and full application, please visit the Kobrin Family Scholarship page through JFS Orlando.


Unigo Superpower Scholarship


Have you ever wondered where you’d go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world – to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money.

Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you’ve always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day.

While we can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, our Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.


How to Write a Successful College Transfer Essay

From College Essay Guy:

As a transfer student wondering how to start a transfer essay, you’re probably dealing with some version of this prompt:

“Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.”

College Essay Guy is here to provide SEVEN ESSENTIAL STEPS FOR WRITING A TRANSFER ESSAY!


The Nathan L. and Suzanne K. Wolfson Fund Merit Award

JBI International (est. as The Jewish Braille Institute) – The Nathan L. and Suzanne K. Wolfson Fund Merit Award program provides merit awards for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students who are blind or visually impaired and are attending accredited colleges or universities.  The awards are administered by JBI International in accordance with the Wolfson Fund’s guidelines.  Each awardee will receive at least $2,500, with the possibility of renewal.  For additional information and to apply, visit http://www.wolfsonfund.org.

Eligibility requires written certification by a qualified authority that you are legally blind as defined in the Supplemental Security Income program under Title XVI of the Social Security Act which currently states:(2) An individual shall be considered to be blind for purposes of this title if he has central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which has a limitation in the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees should also be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.

Qualifications: strong academic record and demonstrated engagement with the Jewish community.

Subject to the number of qualified applicants and the availability of funds in a given year, each student selected for a Wolfson Scholarship will receive at least $2,500, with the possibility of renewal for a second year upon continued academic excellence.

Scholarships are for full-time undergraduate and graduate students only. Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits per quarter/semester who will be Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors during the fall 2022 period are eligible. Graduate students enrolled for nine or more semester credits, nine or more quarter credits, or students involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full-time by the institution are eligible.

All scholarship decisions are final.