General Summer Program Scholarship

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City Based Scholarships

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  • Dallas – Administered through the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas scholarship money is allocated every year from the annual campaign as well as endowment. All scholarships are need based and need is determined by the S.S.S. a private scholarship service also used by the local day schools. To be eligible students must be between the ages of 16-26, from Dallas and participating in a trip of at least 10 days that includes some education and some touring of Israel. There is no deadline for application.
    Contact:
    Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
    (214) 750-6461
  • Houston – Administered by the Bureau of Jewish Education and available to all teens and college students. BJE also runs the Gift of Israel program.
    Contact:
    BJE Executive Director
    (713) 729-7000, x 310
  • New Orleans – Administered by the Federation and available for community members ages 16-26 through the Gift of Israel program.
    Contact:
    Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
    (504) 780-5600
    shalom@JewishNola.com
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Ways to Save

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Thank you for your inquiry regarding scholarship assistance for USY Summer Programs. We do not want finances to prevent anyone from participating. We will be happy to work with you to try to overcome any financial difficulties. There are a number of sources for scholarship funds. 

For ALL USY Summer Programs:

  1. Help a Friend – Talk to your friends about the program you are going on this summer and if they decide to sign up you will get $50 off your program. For every person that you get to enroll on a USY Summer Program, who indicated that you are the reason they are signing up, you will get $50 off your own summer escape.
  2. Men’s Club, Sisterhood, etc. – Contact your synagogue’s Men’s Club and Sisterhood. They may have scholarship funds available.
  3. Your Rabbi – Rabbis have discretionary funds and often want to help people like you get to Israel.
  4. Announcement in your Synagogue Bulletin or Weekly Newsletter – If you send our office (either via hard copy or email) a copy of the announcement in your synagogue’s publication with your name and the program you are enrolled in, you will earn $50 towards your summer program. We have four versions available at: USY Summer Program Ads for Publication
  5. Federation – Your local Federation may offer scholarships for Israel Programs (most Federations do). Additionally, some Federations offer scholarship for USY on Wheels programs, as well. Information on most federations can be found on our USY scholarship database at www.usy.org/escape/scholarships/scholarship.
  6. Your USY Region – Each USY region has a limited amount of funds available through their Tikun Olam Tzedakah program. Please check with your Regional Youth Director for additional details.
  7. Hebrew Free Loan Association – Some communities throughout North America have a Hebrew Free Loan Association. Although these are not scholarships, they are interest-free loans, which may also be of assistance.
  8. The International USY office has a very limited amount of funds available for cases of extreme and unique need. There is an application process. Applicants must show that they have applied for other assistance as well. Our funds can only be applied after the applicant demonstrates that they have sought additional assistance through other sources.

For USY Israel Pilgrimage:

Plant Your Way to Israel – Jewish National Fund (JNF) offers the opportunity to help plant trees in Israel and earn money to pay for an Israel trip. For more information on this program go to their website at www.jnf.org/pyw.

Please do not wait until the last minute to seek assistance, since all scholarship granting agencies have deadlines and limited funds.

Along with scholarships, International USY can help you set up a payment plan. This plan will assist in paying for a certain program over a period of time. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, please be in touch as soon as possible with Aviva Tilles, Director of USY Summer Programs, at tilles@uscj.org or at (212) 533-7800, ext 1116.

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