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Financial Assistance for High School, College and Young Adult Trips to Israel

ELIGIBILITY:

Residency requirement: Applicants who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa or Solano Counties; OR college students who currently reside in one of these counties for their undergraduate education; OR applicants whose parents’ permanent residence is in one of the above counties.

Age requirement: East Bay Jewish day school students, high school students, college-age students, and other young adults (35 and under).

Financial need: Aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Applications from families with an annual gross income of $250,000 or more will not be reviewed UNLESS the family can demonstrate unusual circumstances that explain their request for a scholarship.

Eligible programs: Foundation funds support high school and college programs including year courses, high school Jewish youth group programs, university programs, Yeshivot, East Bay Jewish day school Israel Trips, and others. If you are unsure whether your program qualifies, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.

Trip Length: Awards are restricted to trips with a minimum length of two (2) weeks in duration for high school and college programs, and three (3) weeks for post-college adults.

Click here for the 2016–2017 Financial Aid application form.

Click here to download the 2016–2017 Financial Aid application instructions and find out more about the timeline for this process.

DEADLINES:

Our Financial Aid Committee will review all applications anonymously and decisions will be announced approximately one month after each application deadline.

For any other questions, please contact Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or 510.809.4911.


The Derek Elias Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund
Applicable for Yeshiva Study in Israel

About the fund: The fund was set up by friends and family in memory of Derek Elias Israel, of blessed memory, who died tragically at Sears Point Raceway in 1997. Derek was a young car racing enthusiast who was also passionate about Torah study and the land of Israel. The fund in his honor provides young adults with the opportunity to study at Orthodox Jewish institutions in Israel, in Derek's memory. The Derek Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund is housed at The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. All applications are anonymously and confidentially reviewed by committee process.

ELIGIBILITY:

Eligibility: The Derek Elias Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund awards East Bay young adults age 21 and over to attend programs of study at Orthodox Jewish institutions in Israel.

Eligible Programs: For a comprehensive list of eligible Orthodox learning centers in Israel, please visit http://www.science.co.il/yeshivot.asp

Residency Requirements: Applicants who have a permanent residence in the East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties).

Financial Statement of Need: Individuals who claim financial independence from their parents or guardians must submit the first two pages of their 2015 federal tax return.

Students who are financially dependent on their parents must submit the first two pages of their parent/guardian's 2015 federal tax return.

Applications submitted without federal tax forms will not be considered.

Click here for The Derek Elias Israel Memorial Scholarship Fund application.

DEADLINES:

For information, please write to Alison Stein, Community Impact Program Officer, at alison@jfed.org or call 510.809.4911.