College Scholarships


  • Emma Kohn Podoloff Scholarship Fund of the National Council of Jewish Women

    The Emma Kohn Podoloff Scholarship Fund of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Greater New Haven Chapter at the Jewish Foundation sponsors scholarships to advance the scholastic and vocational education of Jewish high school seniors. An academic average of “B” or better and verified financial need qualifies a student to be considered. Awards average $1,500. Deadline: May 15, 2020

  • Mary Taylor Friedler Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors

    Mary Taylor Friedler Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 1991 with an initial gift from Saul Friedler in memory of his wife to provide a college scholarship to a Jewish high school senior from Greater New Haven. The scholarship is not needs-based and requires an essay concerning what peace, justice and righteousness mean to you and your Judaism. Awards average $1,000. Deadline: May 15, 2020

  • Stuart J. Drell Scholarship Fund

    The Stuart J. Drell Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains, NJ. When Renee Drell relocated to Connecticut, she transferred the fund to the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven and it now awards scholarships to high school seniors headed off to college. Awards are $1,500, and applicants must be from a Jewish household in Connecticut and entering their freshman year of college. Deadline: May 15, 2020.

Additional Scholarships & Grants


2020-2021 Planning & Allocation Grants

Jewish Federation grants are available to organizations that service the Greater New Haven community which is defined by the 30 towns within our catchment area. The Jewish Federation is proud to support agencies and programs that strengthen our community. The Allocation Request is due to the Federation no later than 2 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2020 along with all the requested documentation.  No application will be considered if submitted past the deadline.  


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Talmud Torah Meyuchad


The Talmud Torah Meyuchad grant provides supplemental financial assistance to supplementary religious school programs serving children with individualized learning and special needs.  The grant is designed to serve as the community’s contribution toward supporting these services and is to be part of a total financial and service support system partnership among schools, synagogues, parents/families and the community.  The grant is to be used to partially support the added services, staffing or materials that will enhance student’s ability to benefit from the religious school program.


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Women of Vision Society Grant


The Jewish Foundation’s Women of Vision Society has been helping women and girls in the Greater New Haven area and Israel for over 20 years. This endowment, created by 100 founding members in our community, has tackled issues from domestic violence and health to acculturation and spirituality. The endowment has more than doubled its membership and giving since its creation. Since its inception, Women of Vision has disbursed over $180,000 to help seed and sustain critical programming and services for women and girls.


Grant awards typically range between $500 and $3000 for qualifying programs.

Grant Application Guidelines

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One Happy Camper New Haven


The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven now has needs-blind incentive grants for first time campers to overnight Jewish camp as well as needs-based scholarships for campers.


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Jewish Foundation Professional Development Grants for Jewish Educators

Thanks to the Judith A. Kaye Fund for Teachers in Jewish Education and the Community Education Funds, the Jewish Foundation is thrilled to offer professional development grants for Jewish educators. These grants will help ensure that classroom educators in local Jewish schools have the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences in order to develop their teaching skills, and will help local Jewish organizations to provide educational opportunities to instructors and the community.


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Applicants must be either 1. classroom educators employed in Jewish education in a local Jewish school or synagogue and/or 2. A local Jewish school or synagogue . Eligible programs must be hosted by a recognized Jewish institution or reputable educational institution.  Application deadline is September 20, 2020.

Jewish Scholarship Initiative for Synagogue Schools (JSI)

Through the generosity of a donor in our community, JSI is able to provide need-based assistance for New Haven area synagogue schools. Assistance from JSI supplements other scholarships. The deadline for JSI application submission is October 19, 2020.


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Israel Experience Scholarships

Recognizing the impact of Israel travel/experiences, the Jewish Foundation provides scholarships for both short-term (minimum of 3-week program) and long-term organized Israel educational programs for Greater New Haven area youth ages 14-20.


For 2020 summer trips, applications are due by March 6, 2020.


For 2020-2021 gap or academic year programs, applications are due by May 15, 2020.


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