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Educational Scholarships

Jewish Federation has several avenues through which we make available educational scholarships.

Foundation for Jewish Day Schools: Educational Tax Credit Programs

The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools provides needs-based scholarships to students attending ten Jewish Day Schools, including a special needs initiative, and dozens of local Jewish pre-schools by raising money through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program. The Foundation is a partnership with the Jewish Federation, which employs a professional staff member to identify individual and business taxpayers with the potential to participate in the program, manage fundraising and ensure appropriate distributions through participating schools.

Individuals and businesses interested in making a donation to the Foundation by redirecting their tax dollars should contact Ellen Horowitz Matz, Education Tax Credit Officer, at (215) 832-0525, ematz@jfgp.org or visit www.jewishphilly.org/eitc.

Families interested in applying for scholarships should contact the school directly for information.

Day School Per-Capita Pool

The Jewish Federation provides need-based scholarship funding to students at Abrams Hebrew Academy, Cheder Chabad, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Kohelet Yeshiva High School, Politz Hebrew Academy, Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, Kosloff Torah Academy Girl’s High School, Torah Academy, and the OROT special needs program. Funds are distributed directly to schools through a weighted, per-capita formula that accounts for the number of students enrolled, the grade level of the students and the capacity of the school to meet the total scholarship needs of its student body. Schools are responsible for determining need and distributing aid.

For more information about the Day School Per-Capita Pool, please contact Barbara Hirsh at (215) 832-0812 or bhirsh@jfgp.org.

Keren Chinuch Scholarship Fund

The Jewish Federation operates a need-based scholarship program for Jewish children attending nearly 50 supplementary schools at synagogues and other programs throughout Greater Philadelphia. Funds are distributed to qualified schools based on enrollment. Schools are responsible for determining need and distributing aid.

For more information about the Keren Chinuch Scholarship Fund, please contact Julie Colasanti at (215) 832-0632 or jcolasanti@jfgp.org.

For more information about graduate school scholarships and financial aid, please contact Jennifer Brier at jbrier@jfgp.org.