Scholarship Information

Habonim Dror believes in a socialism based on the values of equality, social justice, collectivism, peace and democracy, and educates its chaverim towards contributing to a society and living a life based on these values in Israel.   Habonim Dror asserts that the practice of socialism – combining elements of common ownership, democracy, free access to resources and an understanding of collective responsibility is essential for the equality of all people.

Consistent with our ideology, Habonim Dror believes that qualified program applicants should not be excluded from participation due to an inability to pay.  We have a supportive alumni organization that raise funds to subsidize the high cost of programs and to provide scholarships.

Working with many community organizations both in North America and Israel we can assist with scholarship applications.   

Introduction

Sample Email to a Scholarship Provider

Canada and the US

Canada

British Columbia

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver Israel Scholarship

Camp Miriam Alisa Bowman Leadership Fund

Ontario

Associated Hebrew School

Tannenbaum CHAT

Jewish Free Loan Toronto

United States

Arizona

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix

California

Camp Gilboa Gilboa Stewardship Fund

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Jewish Free Loan Association

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County

Jewish Federation of the East Bay

Colorado

Jewish Colorado

Connecticut

Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Delaware

Jewish Federation of Delaware

Florida

Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Illinois

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

Indiana

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Maryland

The Center for Jewish Education Baltimore

Massachusetts

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation

Michigan

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

Minnesota

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Missouri

Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City

Nebraska

Jewish Federation of Omaha

Nevada

Jewish Nevada

New Jersey

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

New York

The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

UJA-Federation of New York

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York

Hebrew Free Loan Society

Jewish Federation of Central New York

Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County New York

North Carolina

Greensboro Jewish Federation

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Ohio

Oregon

Jewish Federation of Columbus

Cincy Journeys

Pennsylvania

Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Tennessee

Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Texas

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Washington

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Washington, DC

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Wisconsin

Milwaukee Jewish Federation

 

Scholarships

Introduction

This list of scholarships, updated in 2017, can almost entirely be summarized by the “Canada and the US” section. For specifics, see your state/province by clicking on it in the Table of Contents above. This is not an exhaustive list, so if an organization is not here, it does not mean they don’t have a scholarship available; it never hurts to ask them if they have something. And in case you wanted to cross-check, here are four more lists! (the information on them is slightly dated, so trust this list for factual discrepancies)

Sample Email to a Scholarship Provider

Hello,

 

I’m writing to ask if ______ supports youth in their efforts to go on an organized trip to Israel. I am a member of Habonim Dror, a Zionist youth movement focused on education and social action. We spend a lot of time learning about and discussing Israel, and we send campers and young adults to Israel on various movement programs.

 

This year, a group of Habonim Dror members my age will be attending ______, [include a short explanation of the program]. ______ is an amazing opportunity for Habonim Dror members to deepen their relationship with Israel and to think about our responsibility to strengthen it. The program allows students to learn about Israel through an immersive educational experience, enriching their engagement with the Jewish community once they return.

 

In order to attend this program, I am in need of some financial support. I read on your website that ______ provides scholarships for young Jews to attend programs in Israel, but I could not find the link for the scholarship application. Please let me know how I can apply for these scholarships at your earliest convenience.

 

[Alternatively, etc.]: In order to attend this program, I am in need of some financial support. I read on your website that ______ supports young Jews engaging in Israel, so I was wondering if this could include a scholarship that would support my attendance on this program.

 

Thank you very much, [and I look forward to hearing from you soon,]

______


Canada and the US

Canada

Alberta

Calgary Jewish Federation

British Columbia

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver Israel Scholarship

Camp Miriam Alisa Bowman Leadership Fund

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: Member of the Camp Miriam community
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Leah Levi camp.miriam@gmail.com

Ontario

Associated Hebrew School

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: Alumnus
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Ossy Goldenberg enrolment@ahschools.com

Tannenbaum CHAT

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: Alumnus
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Renee Cohen rcohen@tanenbaumchat.org

Jewish Free Loan Toronto

  • Website: http://jewishfreeloan.ca/j-sap 
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: This is an interest free loan for college or personal use.
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Irina Krushelnitsky irakrush@jewishfreeloan.ca

United States

Arizona

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix

California

Camp Gilboa Gilboa Stewardship Fund

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: MBI, Workshop
  • Eligibility: Member of the Gilboa community
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Elana Bloomfield info@campgilboa.org

Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

 

Jewish Free Loan Association

 

  • Website: https://www.jfla.org/loan-programs/student-loans/
  • Programs: Hagshama (not to be used directly for this program)
  • Eligibility:  Low- or moderate-income household. This is an interest free loan for college, not a scholarship, which can offset the costs of college.
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Rebecca Marcus rebecca@jfla.org

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

Jewish Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

 

 

Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County

Jewish Federation of the East Bay

Colorado

Jewish Colorado

 

Connecticut

Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: N/A
  • Deadline: March 6th
  • Contact information: Jade Stoltz jstoltz@jfed.net 

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Delaware

Jewish Federation of Delaware

Florida

Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Illinois

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

 

 

Indiana

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Maryland

The Center for Jewish Education Baltimore

Massachusetts

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

 

  • Note: After 2017, there may be money in a renewed Israel Travel Scholarship program. Contact Stacey Gainey staceyg@cjp.org to check.

Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: N/A
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Laurie Mindlin laurie@mvjf.org

Michigan

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

Minnesota

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

 

 

Missouri

Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City

Nebraska

Jewish Federation of Omaha

Nevada

Jewish Nevada

New Jersey

Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

New York

The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

UJA-Federation of New York

  • Website: N/A
  • Programs: MBI
  • Eligibility: Live in New York City, Long Island, or Westchester County
  • Deadline: April 20th
  • Contact information: For a need-based scholarship, Maya Paris-Saper finance@habonimdror.org; for a merit scholarship, your synagogue or one of UJA-Federation’s “core partners” (if you are a member).

Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York

  • Website: https://www.jewishfedny.org/israel/israel-experience/
  • Programs: Any
  • Eligibility: Must donate at least $50 to the Federation per year. Then, can deposit up to $175 per year in an account, which will be matched with $100 from the Federation, up to $1000 over 10 years. Money can be disbursed at any time for an Israel program.
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: Amy Drucker adrucker@jewishfedny.org

Hebrew Free Loan Society

  • Website: http://hfls.org/about/how-to-apply/
  • Programs: Hagshama (not to be used directly for this program)
  • Eligibility: Low- or moderate-income household. This is an interest free loan for college, not a scholarship, which can offset the costs of college.
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Contact information: scholarship@hfls.org

 

  • Website: http://hfls.org/scholarships/
  • Programs: Hagshama (not to be used directly for this program)
  • Eligibility: Low- and moderate-income household. This is a scholarship which can offset the costs of college.
  • Deadline: July 7th
  • Contact information: scholarship@hfls.org

Jewish Federation of Central New York

Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County New York

 

North Carolina

Greensboro Jewish Federation

Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Ohio

Jewish Federation of Columbus

Cincy Journeys

Oregon

Portland Jewish Federation

Pennsylvania

Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Tennessee

Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Texas

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Washington

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Washington, DC

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Wisconsin

Milwaukee Jewish Federation