Funds for College: Options for Jewish Students

It’s that time of year when families with children heading to college may be figuring out how to finance their education. For Jewish students, there are a spectrum of opportunities.

Locally, Akron-area teens can apply for the Barbara Pollock Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship for local, Jewish high school students who have excelled in sports and in the classroom. The deadline for applications is May 20. Contact the JCBA at 330-869-2424 for an application.

The Akron Jewish Student Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to area Jewish residents. Those wishing to attend undergraduate or post-graduate programs at a university or college, as well as students of community colleges or accredited technical schools, are welcome to apply. Applicants must be Jewish and reside in Summit County and can be any age. For further information or to request an application, please call Sheila Gottlieb at 330-836-9276.

At Temple Israel, local Jewish students who intend to attend a four-year Ohio public university can apply for the George and Lois Epstein College Scholarship Fund. Applicants should have demonstrated academic excellence and a passion for various pursuits. There's a strong preference for those attending Miami University or The Ohio State University and intending to pursue a career in math, science or business. Contact Temple Israel at 330-665-2000 for more information.

In addition, JFSA of Cleveland awards need-based grants, interest free loans and scholarships to full-time college students in Greater Cleveland (including Summit County). Applications are open, and the deadline for submission is April 10. Applicants must self-identify as Jewish either by ethnicity or practice. The family income listed on 2017 taxes must be less than $150,000 and the applicant must be attending a four-year accredited university or college as a full-time student. Students attending online schools are not eligible for aid at this time. All new applicants who qualify will need to interview with the Manager of the College Financial Aid Program. For more information, visit www.jfsa-cleveland.org/cfap/ or call Jessica Rosenblitt at 216.378.3429.

Hillel recently launched a Jewish Scholarship portal at hillel.org/college-guide/jewish-scholarships. Using different search criteria, applicants can find suitable scholarships to apply to.  It features hundreds of undergraduate, grad school, and Israel travel scholarships just for Jewish students. Scholarships range from $500 all the way to full tuition.