We believe that all Jewish teens should be able to experience Israel during their high school years
BBYO provides needs-based scholarships on the local and national level to help ensure that Israel is accessible to all Jewish teens. Many Jewish Federations also provide grant funds for all Jewish teens traveling to Israel regardless of need. Learn more below.
- BBYO Member Discount
BBYO members automatically receive a $50 discount off summer teen travel programs.
- Alumni Discount
Calling all BBYO Passport alumni! If you took part in a prior summer teen travel program or the March of the Living, you are automatically eligible for a $250 alumni discount off future participation in a summer teen travel program or the March of the Living. The $250 alumni discount can not be combined with any other offers.
MARCH OF THE LIVING
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ISRAEL FAMILY JOURNEY
- Early Registration Discount
Register at least five months in advance and automatically receive a $100 per person discount. All program payments are fully refundable up to four months in advance, so your savings are absolutely risk free!
- Check Payment Discount
Save 3% on all program costs when you pay by check.
BEYOND - GAP YEAR IN ISRAEL
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In keeping with our mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, BBYO has established a national scholarship for teen Israel travel. Funding is limited, so please make sure to apply in advance of the noted deadlines.
- March of the Living National Scholarship
Available for teens participating in BBYO's National Teen Delegation and BBYO-affiliated Community Delegations.
Deadline to apply: November, 19, 2015
- Milk & Honey National Summer Israel Scholarship
Available for teens participating in a summer Israel program other than ILSI. Deadline to apply: February 25, 2016
- Spitzer Fellowship for ILSI Participants
For those teens taking part in ILSI, financial assistance is being made available through the Charlotte and Jack J. Spitzer Fellowship. Deadline to apply: February 25, 2016
- Beyond - Gap Year in Israel Scholarship
Available for those participating in either one or two sessions of Beyond. Complete your application by March 17, 2016.
HOW TO APPLY
- Summer Teen Experiences + March of the Living:
After registering, you will find the scholarship form in your registration account.
- Beyond - Gap Year:
After applying, fill out the Beyond scholarship request form.
PAST SCHOLARSHIP STATISTICS
- Average scholarship amount is roughly $1,000
- More than 75% of applicants receive funding
- Average household income is approximately $100,000 with a high range of $185,000
The committee takes into account family circumstances, location, and cost of living
REGIONAL BBYO SCHOLARSHIPS
Teens involved in BBYO can contact their Regional/Council Staff for additional scholarships available on the regional level. Local chapters occasionally set aside scholarship money or can help raise money for members as well. In most cases, regional funds are available for summer Israel travel and for the March of the Living.
DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Help us share the experience of Israel with tomorrow’s teens by making a donation today to BBYO's Milk & Honey Israel Scholarship Fund.
Most communities offer teen Israel travel scholarships through their local Jewish Federation or through other Jewish educational agencies. In most cases, these community funds are available only for the teens in the areas that they serve. BBYO Passport programs in Israel meet the criteria to qualify for most of these scholarships. We have included a list of specific communities that offer such scholarships. If you do not find your hometown in the list below, check out the National Federation Directory.
Due to the nature of changes in funding and resources, we do not guarantee accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to BBYO Passport.
District of Columbia
Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding that BBYO Passport participants have received in previous years. The goal of this resource is to provide prospective BBYO Passport participants information about organizations within their geographic region that have offered scholarships in the past. We do our best to provide accurate material and information from each source.
- Local Synagogue
Often, synagogues have set aside funds specifically designated for sending local teens to Israel. Call your synagogue's office to learn if they offer this type of scholarship. Departments that often have scholarship available include but are not limited to: General Scholarship Fund, Rabbi Discretionary Fund, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Israel Committee & Youth Department.
- Local Jewish Organizations
Some other local Jewish organizations may have scholarships available. Here are some potential sources in your community that are worth exploring.
- Plant your way (JNF)
- Local Holocaust Museum
- Jewish Community Center (JCC)
- Jewish Council for Your Services (JCYS)
- Jewish Family Services (JFS)
- Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE)
- Partnering Organizations
BBYO Passport is proud to partner with One Happy Camper to provide teens up to $1,000 off our U.S. based trips for their first summer at a Jewish overnight camp.
This gift – made possible by your local Jewish Federation in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp – is for campers attending their first Jewish overnight summer camp experience.
Please view this list for qualifying communities, age requirements and contact information at the Eligibility Page.
- Search the Internet!
A quick internet search will reveal numerous Jewish organizations that offer money to Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Send them an e-mail and see if you qualify.
Do you know of a scholarship not listed or have updated information? Please let us know and we will post the information for others who are seeking funding for their BBYO Passport experience.