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33 Universities With Great Jewish Scholarships

As the cost of attending college continues to increase faster than inflation, the question of how to afford four years of university weighs heavily on students and parents.

Many organizations offer scholarships and essay contests that can provide a bit of help in paying for tuition and textbooks. Some of them can be quite specific, tailored toward students who appreciate knitting or the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Many scholarships are available for members of the Jewish community, often offered by local Jewish federations and their affiliated institutions.

Jewish studies departments at universities also often offer scholarships for students majoring in that field — which can sometimes be quite substantial.

But only some colleges — and their boosters — value having a thriving Jewish population on their campus enough to offer scholarships to students who have a Jewish background and plan to focus on more common disciplines. Or don’t even know yet what they want to major in.

Here is a list of some of those opportunities, in alphabetical order:

Auburn University — Auburn University Jewish Scholarship

Brandeis University — Edward Fein Scholarship

Brooklyn College – Sandra and Jack Levitt Scholarships

Bryn Mawr College – Jane M. Oppenheimer Scholarship

Emory University – Sam Bredow Memorial Fund Award

Florida Atlantic University – Frank M. and Sara Mina Mervis Memorial Scholarship

Florida International University – Mrs. Betty G. Reader Undergraduate Scholarship

Franklin & Marshall College – Paul and Rose Wiener Scholarship

Georgia Institute of Technology – Crowder Family Fund Scholarship

Hofstra University – Florence Flegenheimer Endowed Memorial Scholarship; Adrienne & Charles E. Grodberg Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Ithaca College – Nathan L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship

Southern Methodist University – Donald J. Grossfeld Memorial Scholarship

Temple University – Lillian and Morris Zeiger Book Scholarship

Texas Christian University – Bermont Family Undergraduate Jewish Student Scholarship

Trinity College – Ethel and Max Schader Memorial Scholarship

University at Buffalo – Arthur and Louise Wasserman Scholarship

University of Alabama — Matthew Cranman Scholarship

University of California, Berkeley – L.J. Craig and Alice Craig Scholarship

University of California, Davis – Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship

University of California, Irvine – Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship

University of California, Los Angeles – Heather Kase Scholarship

University of California, San Diego – Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship

University of California, Santa Cruz – Candy Issenman Coonerty Hillel Scholarship

University of Central Florida – Milton A. & Louise C. Jentes Scholarship

University of Florida – Warren Bargad Scholarship in Jewish Communal Services

University of Minnesota – Bentson Family Scholarship

University of Southern California – Jewish Leadership Scholarship

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Harry Drexler Hillel Scholarship

Washington and Lee University – Max and Sylvia Weinstein Scholarship

Image by Kurt Hoffman

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