Applying for Scholarships

The JCF proudly offers Scholarship Awards to the SNJ community.

The deadline to apply for JCF Scholarship Awards has passed.

Information about the 2022 cycle will be announced in December 2021.

Background about JCF Scholarship Awards

  • Creation of Awards: Generous individuals, families, and organizations created endowment funds with the JCF to spin off annual financial awards every year to benefit many future generations of local scholars.

  • Award Process:

    1. Applicants must submit an application by the deadline. Please see below for the award criteria, the Scholarship Application, and Applicant Information Form. 

    2. A volunteer committee reviews all applications to determine which applicant(s) best exemplify each available award.

    3. Results are announced in May 2021.

    4. A special reception will be held in June 2021 for awardees and their immediate families.

    5. Applicants have up to one year to use their awards. In certain extenuating circumstances, an awardee may request a time extension, which would then need to be approved by the committee.

Who May Apply for JCF Scholarship Awards?

  • Local Residents: An applicant's home residence must be in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester County in Southern New Jersey (exception: JWV Post 126 Award, where the applicant may live outside of the tri-county area, but is a child or grandchild of a JWV Post 126 member in good standing). Applicants may attend a higher education program outside of the tri-county area. Please contact us with any concerns regarding residency. 

  • Candidates Per Award Criteria: To determine which award(s) to apply for, a prospective applicant should review each award's criteria, and apply accordingly. Note that criteria can vary per award based on such requirements as an applicant's age, merit vs. financial need, gender, etc. Most, but not all, awards are for applicants of Jewish faith. An applicant may apply to multiple awards each year.

  • Reapplying: Applicants may reapply in subsequent years to any JCF award for which they qualify, regardless of whether they received an award previously or did not..

Ready to Apply? Start Here:

 

Below are the steps to take to apply. For any further assistance, please contact the JCF at 856-673-2528.

1. Review Award Criteria:

 

2. Complete the Application: 

 

  • Download and complete the JCF Scholarship Award Application. This application is required for all applicants.

  • Gather other required documents such as personal essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation as required for each award. (Note: if applying for multiple awards that ask for the same documents, you need not submit the same documents twice.)

3. Submit Your Application and Documents

  • Once you complete the JCF Scholarship Award Application, complete the brief Applicant Information Form at the bottom of this page. This form is required for all applicants. 

  • While completing the Applicant Information Form you may upload your application and other accompanying documents (preferred), or submit them via email or via mail. We recognize that emailing or mailing all or part of an application (transcripts, for example) may be necessary, but it is important for us to know to expect them, as outlined in this Form. Any documents may be emailed to infojcf@jfedsnj.org or mailed to:

JCF, Inc.

Attn: Scholarship Committee

1301 Springdale Rd., Suite 200

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Once completed, the JCF may contact you if any questions arise about your application, otherwise each applicant will hear from us regarding award results in May. 

Please review the following descriptions of all available JCF Scholarship Awards.

Each applicant may apply to any award for which he or she is qualified.

Thank you and best of luck!

About JCF Scholarship Awards

 

A. Higher Ed Scholarship Award Opportunities

The following awards are for educational financial assistance

Patrice Faye Cohen Memorial Scholarship Award


About: The Patrice Faye Cohen Memorial Endowment Fund Scholarship Award was established to benefit graduating high school women, who will be enrolled in a college or university, and plan to study entrepreneurship and/or aim to continue entrepreneurial ventures. The fund is in memory of Patrice Faye Cohen, a successful business owner for over 25 years, who had a passion for entrepreneurship and in seeing other women succeed as entrepreneurs. Requirements

  • The Patrice Faye Cohen Memorial Scholarship Award essay contest is open to high school women in their senior year.
  • The funds may be used by the award winner(s) towards college tuition expenses.
  • The award winner(s) will be asked to submit invoices, college tuition bills, or other documentation relating to the award, before funds are disbursed.
How to Apply
  • Scholarship Award Application
  • Two letters of recommendation from source other than a family member
  • Personal essay: 2-3 pages, double-spaced in 12-point font and be labeled at the top with your name, age, and high school. The essay topic is described below.
  • Content, style, and attention to spelling and grammar are all important elements.
  • Any outside sources quoted should be properly cited.
  • Essay Topic: What interests you about entrepreneurship? What qualities make you an entrepreneurial person? Please describe an entrepreneurial venture that you have undertaken, as well as how entrepreneurship fits into your future.




Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126 Jewish War Veterans Scholarship Fund


About The Jewish War Veterans Post 126 Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to children or grandchildren of current or deceased members of the JWV Post 126 (or Posts that have merged with JWV Post 126), who have been in good standing for at least two years. Assistance will be based upon merit for students accepted or who will be enrolled in a college or university or a school specializing in non-college career education such as vocational, technical, business, or the arts that may include visual, performing, literary, and culinary, but not including graduate or higher level degrees. Requirements

  • The JWV Scholarship Committee shall determine the recipient of the award based upon the following criteria listed in order of priority:
  • Grade Point Average
  • Community service
  • Special acts of honors
  • Military service
  • Other extraordinary need
  • Award period is one year
  • Any applicant may apply annually, for the duration of their studies.
  • The award is limited to tuition, books and room and board
How to Apply
  • Scholarship Award Application
  • Resume including CGPA and SAT scores
  • Most recent transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation




Valerie Gladfelter Scholarship Award


About The Valerie Gladfelter Scholarship Award is for Jewish girls and women residing in Burlington, Camden or Gloucester Counties who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program. Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 3.2 minimum grade point average
  • Award period is one year
  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply
  • Scholarship may be used for tuition, books, room and board
How to Apply
  • Scholarship Award Application
  • Most recent official transcript with GPA and SAT scores
  • Personal statement describing your involvement in the Jewish community, extracurricular activities, honors and awards
  • Two letters of recommendation from source other than a family member




Robert L. Schattner Scholarship Fund


About The Robert L. Schattner Scholarship is for Jewish students residing in Burlington, Camden or Gloucester Counties who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program. Priority will be given to students pursuing degree programs in a health or business related field. Students must demonstrate financial need. Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 minimum grade point average
  • Include all extra-curricular activities applicant is involved with including: participation in religious, civic and/or community organizations, athletics, and/or employment experience
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need
  • Parent or Guardian must complete the Scholarship Financial Application
  • Award period is one year
  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply
  • Scholarship may be used for tuition and books or room and board
How to Apply
  • Scholarship Award Application
  • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application)
  • Resume including CGPA and SAT scores
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation




Seymour Siegel Youth Achievement Award


About The Seymour Siegel Youth Achievement Award provides an annual award(s) to high school boys and girls accepted or who will be enrolled in a college or university or a school specializing in non-college career education such as vocational, technical, business, or the arts that may include visual, performing, literary, and culinary. Requirements

  • Exclusive consideration shall be given to an applicant(s) that are orphans, foster children, or being raised in single parent households.
  • The applicant shall be of the Jewish faith.
  • The applicant must submit a personal narrative, explained at right in the "How to Apply" section
How to Apply
  • The applicant must submit, in a narrative format, what challenges, difficulties, or failures the applicant has faced during his or her lifetime and how he or she has coped with these. The narrative should identify the qualities that have enabled the applicant to rise above these circumstances. The difficulties may include but are not limited to a loss of a parent(s), close relative(s), home or job, or academic failure.
  • The applicant must also describe in narrative format areas that demonstrate outstanding achievement such as being a mentor to other youth, or excelling in academia, the arts, sports, or extracurricular activities, or demonstrating youth leadership in a religious-based organization or in a volunteer capacity at school or in the greater community.
  • The applicant must complete a Scholarship Award Application
  • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application).




Mildred Soefer Scholarship Fund Award


About The Mildred Soefer Scholarship Endowment Fund Award is for Jewish students residing in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester Counties who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program. Priority will be given to students applying to or attending local New Jersey colleges and universities. Students must demonstrate financial need. Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 minimum grade point average
  • Include all extra-curricular activities applicant is involved with including: participation in religious, civic and/or community organizations, athletics, and/or employment experience
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need
  • Award period is one year
  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply
  • Scholarship may be used for tuition, books, room and board
  • Parent or Guardian must complete the Scholarship Financial Application
How to Apply
  • Scholarship Award Application
  • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application)
  • Resume including CGPA and SAT scores
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants may also be asked to participate in an interview




Student Opportunity Scholarship Award - (In Memory of Arthur & Eleanor Klein and David Rivkin)


About New to the JCF for the 2020 awards cycle, this award has been created thanks to numerous contributors across the SNJ Jewish community, including JCF Board of Trustee member Sydria Schaffer and her husband Scott in memory of Arthur & Eleanor Klein (z"l), and Ed Rivkin and his wife Stacey in memory of David Rivkin (z"l). The Student Opportunity Award is for Jewish students residing in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester Counties who plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in a college or university degree-related program. Students must demonstrate financial need. Requirements

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 minimum grade point average
  • Include all extra-curricular activities applicant is involved with including: participation in religious, civic and/or community organizations, athletics, and/or employment experience
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need
  • Parent or Guardian must complete the Scholarship Financial Application
  • Award period is one year
  • Current recipients of this scholarship may re-apply
  • Scholarship may be used for tuition and books or room and board
How to Apply
  • Scholarship Award Application
  • Financial Application (see Part VI. of Scholarship Application)
  • Resume including CGPA and SAT scores
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation





B. Scholarship Awards for Israel Experience and Technology Expenses

The following awards are designated for either technology expenses or Israel experience expenses:

Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award


About

Established by the South Jersey Hebrew Association, this endowment fund was created to provide financial assistance for awardees who will attend any college or university related program in Israel, or any recognized summer programs to Israel, or for study in Israel in any recognized school or yeshiva.

Requirements

  • The Freda and Sam Yacker essay contest is open to Jewish students 18-25 years of age who live in Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington Counties.
  • The topic to address for this year's essay is:
  • Israel is now known as the World’s Innovation Nation, how do you see yourself innovating and being a part of the Israeli entrepreneurial spirit?
  • Preference will be given to individuals whose Israel education will begin after June 30th of the current year. Exceptions will be considered.

How to Apply​

  • Essays should be 2-5 pages, double spaced in 12-point font and be labeled at the top with your name, age, synagogue membership (if any), name and date of summer experience, and the name and address of the organization that is sponsoring the experience
  • Content, style, and attention to spelling and grammar are all important elements
  • Do not include identifying details about your synagogue, school, rabbi, name or family members in the body of your essay
  • Any outside sources quoted should be properly cited
  • All participants must also complete a Scholarship Award Application. Essays will be judged by a panel of experts from the local Jewish community




Leonard Jay Hirschfeld Memorial Endowment Fund


About

The Leonard Jay Hirschfeld Memorial Endowment Fund award will be presented to a graduating high school student residing in Burlington, Camden or Gloucester Counties to purchase a laptop computer, software or training in the computer sciences.

Students must demonstrate leadership abilities and have submitted two letters of recommendation from teachers, school administrators, spiritual leader, or others who can attest to the student’s skills and achievements.

Requirements

  • The award is open to all high school students residing in Camden, Gloucester, or Burlington Counties
  • Students must demonstrate leadership abilities
  • The funds may be used by the award winner to purchase software or hardware, course work or training in the computer sciences

How to Apply

  • Students must submit a Scholarship Award Application
  • TWO letters of recommendation (reduced from four letters in previous years) must be submitted from teachers, school administrators, spiritual leader, or others who can attest to the student’s skills and achievements
  • In 250 words or less, please share your plans for the future (such as personal aspirations, goals, college plans, and/or career plans) and discuss why you feel you need this award to fund technology purchases.
  • The award winner will be asked to submit invoices, college tuition bills or other documentation relating to the award before funds are disbursed
  • A panel of experts will review all recommendations





 

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