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Educational Loan and Scholarship Funds

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year closed on May 15, 2015.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia administers annual educational loans and scholarships for medical school/graduate school students.  Each year applications will be available for download beginning on March 6th and will only be accepted by the Jewish Federation until May 15th.  Each scholarship fund has a separate committee that meets during the summer to review the applications.  All applicants are notified by mail whether or not they have been chosen as a recipient.  Scholarships funds are disbursed after September 1st.

Albert Strickler Memorial Fund

Dr. Albert Strickler, founder of Philadelphia’s Skin and Cancer Hospital, established this fund through an endowment.  Dr. Strickler recognized the need to assist talented men and women pursue their medical education.  The fund provides an interest-free loan of up to $5,000 to medical students, preferably of the Jewish faith, as an aid to their education.  Students should demonstrate a significant need of financial aid and be enrolled in an accredited U.S. Medical or Osteopathic school.  It is a requirement of this fund that loan repayments begin within five years after graduation.  This ensures that funds will continue to be available for future students in need. The Strickler Fund application is combined with the Feinman Fund application.  The Feinman Fund is described below. 

 

Samuel F. and Sara G. Feinman Fund

Isabel Feinman established this fund through an endowment in memory of her parents.  Ms. Feinman was a compassionate resident of Philadelphia.  She created the fund to assist talented men and women pursue their legal or medical education.  The fund provides an interest-free loan ranging from $2,000 - $5,000 to medical and law school students based on financial need.  Preference is given to students who live in the Greater Philadelphia region and of the Jewish faith who are enrolled in an accredited local Law or Medical school.  It is a requirement of this fund that loan repayments begin within five years after graduation ensuring that future funds will continue to be available for students in need. The Feinman Fund application is combined with the Strickler Fund application.  The Strickler Fund is described above. 

 

Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

Foreman Fleisher established this fund in memory of his mother, Ida Fleisher.  Mr. Fleisher recognized the financial demands of the “necessities of life” and established this scholarship to assist talented women to become professionals.  The fund provides scholarships for the purpose of permitting women, preferably Jewish, to pursue a graduate degree.  Eligibility is limited to women who have a hometown or attend school in the Greater Philadelphia area, including New Jersey and Delaware.  Grant distributions, which can range from $2,000 - $8,000, are administered by a local bank and sent directly to the chosen recipient’s school to be used for tuition only. 

 

Margaret R. Rice Music Scholarship Fund

In 1987, Kurt Rice established the Margaret R. Rice Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife, Margaret R. Rice.  It was her cherished desire to make an endowment to help enable gifted Jewish women to obtain a music education.  A limited number of grants ranging up to $2,000 are awarded to chosen recipients who attend local music schools to help with the financial demands of the “necessities of life”.  A letter and resume must be sent to Jewish Federation by the interested student.  Local music schools are advised each year of this scholarship and asked to submit names of eligible students.

Applications will be accepted by mail only.  DO NOT COMBINE APPLICATIONS if applying for more than one scholarship.  You must submit a separate application for each fund (with the exception of medical students applying for the Strickler and Feinman loans, which are already combined on one scholarship application) with all required copies and information.  Applications that are incomplete will not be considered by the committees.

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