BBYO SCHOLARSHIPS

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 experiences. We believe that a summer experience in Israel is an investment worth making, and we strive to ensure our programs are financially accessible to all. BBYO, along with local communities, provide need- and merit-based scholarships. Funding is limited, so make sure to apply ahead of the noted deadlines as part of your commitment-free registration. Explore the opportunities!

MARCH OF THE LIVING

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Available for teens participating in BBYO's National Teen Delegation and BBYO-affiliated Community Delegations. Scholarship decisions will be made according to financial need and will be announced prior to the cancellation deadline.

SUMMER PROGRAMS IN ISRAEL

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Available for teens participating in a summer Israel program, including ILSI. Priority is given to applicants prior to January 26, 2021.

ILSI MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
Teens registered for International Leadership Seminar in Israel (ILSI) are eligible to apply for the ILSI Merit Scholarship. Scholarship will be awarded on a rolling basis.

BBYO REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Teens involved in BBYO can contact their Regional/Council Staff for scholarships available on the regional or chapter level. Funds may be available for Summer Experiences in Israel and for the March of the Living.

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Help us share the experience of Israel with teens by making a donation today to the BBYO Scholarship Fund

COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Most communities offer teen Israel program scholarships through their local Jewish Federation or other Jewish education agencies. In most cases, community funds are available only for teens living in the areas that they serve. BBYO 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 below. If you do not find your hometown on the list, search the National Federation Directory.

NOTE: Due to the nature of changes in funding and resources, we do not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to BBYO.

Alabama

Birmingham
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: First come/first serve, need-based, and must live in Birmingham
Trip Location: Israel or International
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: [email protected]

Alaska

Alaskan Jewish Community
Award Name: UJC Alaska Inc. BBYO Passport Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Must be Jewish residents of Alaska
Contact: UJC Alaska Scholarship Review Committee
Email: [email protected]

Arizona

Phoenix
Award Name: Harold and Jean Grossman Israel Experience Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: First-come/first-serveTeens 15-18 who live in Greater Phoenix and are attending a program in Israel that lasts at least 16 days and up to one year are eligible.
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Kelly Harris
Phone: 480.481.7010
Email: [email protected]

Southern Arizona
Unavailable

California

East Bay
Award Name: Israel Experiences for Teens and Young Adults
Qualifying Type: Participate in an organized teen program, educational program, Masa Journey, or other group-sponsored trips (individual travel is not supported). Live or attend school in the Federation’s Service Area. Identify as Jewish.
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies based on financial need
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Within Reach
Qualifying Type: Need-Based; program at least 10 days and educational in nature
Trip Location: Israel
Amount:  $500-$1,200
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 510.809.4934415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Los Angeles
Award Name: Israel Experience Incentive Award
Qualifying Type: Rolling basis; first trip to israel; program length 2 weeks to 4 months; cost over $3k; must live in Greater LA
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $500 incentive award toward their Israel trips, paid directly to the trip providers on behalf of the travel participant
Contact:
Phone:
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Experience Financial Aid Scholarships
Qualifying Type: rolling basis; first trip to israel; program length 2 weeks to 4 months; cost over $3k; must live in Greater LA
Amount: $500 incentive award toward their Israel trips, paid directly to the trip providers on behalf of the travel participant
Contact:
Phone:
Email: [email protected]

Orange County
Award Name: Passport to Jewish Life®
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis until very limited funds are exhausted
Trip Location: Israel only, or trip that combines Poland and Israel
Amount: Max $500
Contact: Kathleen Mellon
Email: [email protected]

San Diego
Award Name: My Israel Journey Grant
Qualifying Type: First time recipient of scholarship; has never been on a peer based organized trip to Israel
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $750 or $1,500
Contact: Kayla Globerson
Phone:  858-362-1140
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Immersive Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: First-time recipient of the Immersive Experience Grant and already enrolled in experience
Trip Location: Anywhere
Amount: 1-3 day programs: $180, 4-9 day programs: $360, 10 day+ programs: $540
Contact: Kayla Globerson
Phone: 858-362-1140
Email: [email protected]

San Francisco Area
Award Name: One Happy Camper Scholarship Grant
Qualifying Type: First Jewish overnight experience
Trip Location: U.S. Based Travel Only
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Experiences
Qualifying Type: Community Only; 8th-12th grade
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Within Reach
Qualifying Type: Community Only; 8th-12th grade
Trip Location: Israel
Amount:  $500-$1,200
Contact: Sadie Simon
Phone: 415.512.6252
Email: [email protected]

San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, California
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-Based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $500
Contact: Jason Moss
Phone 626.445.0810
Email: [email protected]

Colorado

Colorado
Not Available

Connecticut

New Haven
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Must live in the Greater New Haven area; program must be educational; 3 week program minimum
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Beth Kupcho
Phone: 203.387.2424 x316
Email: [email protected]

Delaware

Delaware
Award Name: GRATZ High School Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel or Summer Camp
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sally Friedman
Phone: 205.879.0416
Email: [email protected]

District of Columbia

Washington, DC
Award Name: Israel Quest Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: GRATZ
Contact:
Phone: 301.230.7200
Email: [email protected]

Florida

Central Florida
Not available

Orlando
Award Name: The Ronald Coleman Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Open to all Jewish Teens 9th-12th grades in Greater Orlando
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact:
Phone: 407-645-5933 ext. 236
Email:

Jacksonville
Award Name: Joan Levin Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying Type: Age 16 or older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $700
Contact: Jill Abel
Phone: 904.224.1445
Email: [email protected]

Miami
Award Name: Israel Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 15 or older
Amount: Varies
Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based, age 17 or younger
Trip Location: U.S.
Amount: Varies
Contact: Inbar Cohen
Phone: 786.866.8431
Email: [email protected]

Palm Beach County
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based; Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach residents only; Must not have received an Israel Experience Porgram Scholarship from them
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Abbie Zohn
Phone: 561.242.6670
Email:[email protected]

Georgia

Atlanta
Award Name: Jewish Camp Initiative
Qualifying Type: Merit and need-based
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez
Phone: 706.228.3636 ext. 229
Email: [email protected]

Augusta
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based for non-BBYO members
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Cathy Fishman
Phone: 706.228.3636 ext. 229
Email: [email protected]

Illinois

Chicago
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Need-based: 10th-12th grades; must reside in metropolitan Chicago
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Israel Experience Program
Phone: 312.444.2895
Email: [email protected]

Indiana

Indianapolis
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: First come, first serve. Need-based and incentive; must be a resident of the greater Indianapolis area
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Pamela Eicher
Phone: 317.715.6981
Email: [email protected]

Kansas

Kansas City
Award Name: The Rabbi Gershon Hadas Guardian Society for Children
Qualifying Type: Financial assistance to participants in long term (three months or longer) Israel programs after high school
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Andi Milens
Phone: 913.327.1810
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: First Time Camper Fund “incentive grants”
Qualifying Type: Teen must live in Greater Kansas City area and attend a Jewish camp program of at least three weeks in duration
Trip Location: US and Abroad
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Andi Milens
Phone: 913.327.1810
Email: [email protected]

Wichita
Award Name: Teen Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Julie Fruhauf
Phone: 316.686.4741
Email: [email protected]

Kentucky

Lexington
Award Name: Camperships and Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based for Jewish youth of central Kentucky
Trip Location: Israel or US Based Jewish Summer Camp
Amount: Varies
Contact: Paula Mertens
Phone: 859.269.8244
Email: [email protected]

Louisville
Award Name: Israel Experience Grants and Financial Assistance
Qualifying Type: Louisville-area residents age 15-24 identifying as Jewish and attending an organized Israel trip that is 21 days or longer
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $4,000 for first-time travelers; up to $1,000 for second-time travelers
Contact:
Phone:
Email: Camp/[email protected]

Award Name: Overnight Camp Grants and Financial Assistance and One Happy Camper
Qualifying Type: Louisville-area residents under the age of 18 identifying as Jewish and attending an approved camp
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Up to $6,000, per child, in One Happy Camper grants available. First-year grants of $2,500 for 4 weeks or $1,500 for 2 weeks, and families who are eligible can receive a second-and third-year grant up to $2,000 and $1,500 respectively
Contact:
Phone:
Email: Camp/[email protected]

Louisiana

New Orleans
Award Name: Edie and Paul Rosenblum Gift of Israel Program
Qualifying type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $4,000+
Contact: Michelle Neal
Phone: 504.780.5604
Email: [email protected]

North Louisiana
Award Name: Israel Based Scholarship
Qualifying type: Contributing members to the Federation
Amount: Varies
Contact the North Louisiana Federation

Maryland

Baltimore
Award Name: Community Fund for Israel Experiences Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need and merit based for residents of Baltimore City/County
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $5,000
Contact: Reena Roshgadol
Phone: 410.735.5024
Email: [email protected]ward Name: Community Fund for Israel Experiences Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Reena Roshgadol
Phone: 410.735.5024
Email: [email protected]

Massachusetts

Attleboro
Not available

Berkshire County
Award Name: Israel Study/ Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Rolling basis; must have contributed to federations past years campaign
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies on request
Contact: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Phone: 413.442.4360
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Jewish Overnight Camp Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Must have contributed to federations past years campaign; must commit to 5 volunteer hours
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies on request
Contact: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Phone: 413.442.4360
Email: [email protected]

Boston and North Shore
Award Name: Israel Teen Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based, 18 years of age or younger; program a minimum of 12 days
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,800 of the cost of the Israel program
Contact: Adam Smith
Phone: 617.457.8597
Email: [email protected]

Merrimack Valley
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $100
Contact: Laurie Mindlin
Phone: 978.688.0466
Email: [email protected]

New Bedford
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Olga Yorish
Phone: 508.997.7471
Email: [email protected]

Springfield
Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Rolling Basis; must be resident of Pioneer Valley
Trip Location: Israel
Contact: Michelle Lancto
Phone: 413.732.9994
Email: [email protected]

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Award Name: Israel Scholarships
Qualifying type: Must be from the Greater Ann Arbor area
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1000
Contact: Jessica Weil
Phone: 734.677.0100 ext. 227
Email: [email protected]

Detroit
Award Name: Get There!
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1250
Contact: Jaime Bean
Phone: 248.205.2561
Email: [email protected]

Minnesota

Minneapolis
Award Name: The Louis Herman Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Ages 15-18
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Amanda Feigin
Phone: 952.417.2319
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Israel Center Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Eilat Harel
Phone: 952.417.2321
Email: [email protected]

St. Paul
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sharyn Effress-Pesses
Phone: 651.695.3186
Email: [email protected]

Missouri

St. Louis
Award Name: Teen Grants & Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Merit and need-based subsidies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Short-term programs $750
Contact: Jody Gerth
Phone: 314-442-3881
Email: [email protected]

Nebraska

Omaha
Award Name: Israel Travel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Diane Walker
Phone: 402.334.6407
Email: [email protected]

Nevada

Las Vegas
Award Name: Teen Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500
Contact:
Phone: 702.732.0556
Email: [email protected]

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Award Name: Irving and Bernice Singer Israel Experience Fund
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Grants are given as long as funds are available: $1000.00 to any NH teen for a Jewish peer trip to Israel and $1800.00 for any NH teens who have completed the high school program in their own synagogue.
Contact: Nancy Frankel
Phone: 603.472.3983
Email: [email protected]

New Jersey

Greater Metrowest NJ
Award Name: Passport to Israel Grant
Qualifying Type: This grant is only available to Greater MetroWest residents (Essex, Morris, Union, Sussex, and parts of Somerset Counties in NJ)
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $400
Contact: Justine Reuben
Phone: 973.929.3054
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: One Happy Camper Grant
Qualifying Type: First FJC experience who did not attend Jewish private day school
Trip Location: US experiences
Amount: For the first child in a family to receive a grant, $700 for 12-18 days or $1,000 for 19+ days; for siblings of grant recipients, $500 for 12+ days
Contact: Gerri Russo
Phone: 973.929.2972
Email: [email protected]

Middlesex and Monmouth Counties
Award Name: Israel Teen Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Inbar Singal
Phone: 732.588.1800
Email: [email protected]

Northern
Not Available

Southern
Award Name: Freda & Sam Yacker Israel Experience Award
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact:
Phone: 856.673.2528
Email: [email protected]

New Mexico

New Mexico
Award Name: Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: $1,000
Contact: Erika Rimson
Phone: 505.348.4472
Email: [email protected]

New York

Albany & Northeastern New York Community
Award Name: Jewish Experiential Funds
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rebecca Miller
Phone: 518.783.7800
Email: [email protected]

Buffalo
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,000
Contact: Foundation
Phone: 716.204.1133
Email: [email protected]

New York (NYC, Westchester & Long Island)
Award Name: New York Teen Initiative – Summer Programs Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Multiple
Amount: Varies
Note: Available for all high school-age programs worldwide
Contact: BBYO Passport
Phone: 202.537.8091
Email: [email protected]

Orange County
Award Name: Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying type: Teen must live in Orange County
Trip Location: Varies
Amount: Varies
Phone: 845.562.7860
Email:

Rochester
Award Name: Teen Travel to Israel
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Gift of Israel $50; Fredy Fund $360
Contact: Elana Pogal
Phone: 585.241.8642
Email: [email protected]

Syracuse
Not available

North Carolina

Charlotte
Award Name: SCHOLARSHIPS AND SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE FOR JEWISH EXPERIENCES
Qualifying Type: First-come/first serve and need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
Phone: 704.944.6757
Email: [email protected]

Durham-Chapel Hill
Award Name: Sara & E.J. Evans Israel Experience Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1,500
Contact: Jill Madsen
Phone: 919.354.4936
Email: [email protected]

Greensboro
Award Name: Greensboro Israel Experience Grant Program
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Carly Dunno
Phone: 336.852.5433 ext. 243
Email: [email protected]

Ohio

Akron
Not available

Cincinnati
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Age 16 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $6,500
Contact: Cincy Journeys
Phone: 513.985.1500
Email: [email protected]

Cleveland
Award Name: Financial Assistance for Israel Study
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Emily Jennings
Phone: 216.371.0449
Email: [email protected]

Columbus
Award Name: Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Incentive-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $1,000
Contact: Abby Holmes
Phone: 614.559.3241
Email: [email protected]

Toledo
Award Name: Experience a Memorable Overnight Jewish Initiative
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $250
Contact: Hallie Freed
Phone: 419.724.0362
Email: [email protected]

Oregon

Portland
Award Name: Teen Israel Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Rachel Nelson
Phone: 503.892.7415
Email: [email protected]

Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Award Name: Teen Experience Grants
Qualifying Type: Incentive grant
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Jeri Zimmerman
Phone: 610.821.8946
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Visit Israel Savings Partnership
Qualifying Type: This grant is only available to teens who live in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, whose parents have opened a savings partnership account through the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and have donated to the JFLV and reside in Lehigh Valley, PA.
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,600
Contact: Abby Trachtman
Phone: 610.821.5500
Email: [email protected]

Philadelphia
Award Name: Israel Program Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-Based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Alaina Gillespie
Phone: 215.832.0504
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 215.832.0504

Pittsburgh
Award Name: Israel Scholarship Program
Qualifying Type: Incentive
Trip Location: Israel and March of the Living
Amount: $1,300-$3.000
Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone:412.992.5208
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Passport to Israel
Qualifying Type: Matching
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $2,200
Contact: Debbie Swartz
Phone: 412.992.5208
Email: [email protected]

Rhode Island

Rhode Island
Award Name: Israel Study Travel Grants and Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500
Contact: Jana Brenman
Phone: 401.421.4111
Email: [email protected]

Tennessee

Memphis
Award Name: Lemsky Endowment Fund Israel Experience Grant
Qualifying Type: Rising high school juniors and seniors
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $3,000
Contact: Gila Golder
Phone: 901.654.2151
Email: [email protected]

Nashville
Award Name: Israel Incentive Grants
Qualifying Type: Varies
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Tania Bukengolts
Phone: 615.354.1668
Email: [email protected]

Texas

Austin
Not available

Dallas
Award Name: Summer & March of the Living Scholarships
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: International
Amount: Varies
Contact: Sarah Golman
Phone: 214.615.5275
Email: [email protected]

Award Name: Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the DJCF
Qualifying Type: One "under-affiliated" Jewish Dallas area high school junior or senior
Trip Location: Europe & Israel
Amount: varies
Contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 214.615.9351

Houston
Award Name: Israel Trip
Qualifying Type: Designed for 10th-12th grade high school students, need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Liz Garza
Phone: 713.729.7000 ext. 309
Email: [email protected]

San Antonio
Not available

Vermont

Vermont
Award Name: Israel Travel Grants
Qualifying Type: Case by case basis
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $1,500
Contact: [email protected]

Virginia

Richmond
Award Name: Richmond Jewish Foundation Greenberg Israel Scholarship Fund
Qualifying Type: Need-based, ages 15 and older
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: $750-$2,000
Contact: Joice Burnette
Phone: 804.545.8628
Email: [email protected]

Washington

Seattle
Award Name: Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Teen Israel Experience
Qualifying Type: Need-based, currently in 9-12th grade
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Lisa Racine
Phone: 206.774.2217
Email: [email protected]

Wisconsin

Milwaukee
Award Name: Kesselman Israel Program Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Award based on financial need and academic merit
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Varies
Contact: Allison Hayden
Phone: 414.390.5724
Email: [email protected]

Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia
Award Name: Israel Scholarship
Qualifying Type: Need-based
Trip Location: Israel
Amount: Up to $2,500
Contact: Sarah Berger
Phone: 604.257.5100
Email: [email protected]

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding that BBYO participants have benefitted from in previous years. The goal of this resource is to provide prospective BBYO 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 SYNAGOGUES

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 scholarships available include but are not limited to a General Scholarship Fund, Rabbi Discretionary Fund, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Israel Committee or Youth Department.

ONE HAPPY CAMPER

BBYO is proud to partner with One Happy Camper to provide teens up to $1,000 off our U.S. based trips that are 12-days or longer 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.

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)
Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)
Hebrew Free Loan Association

SEARCH THE WEB

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 experience.

NEW YORK TEEN INITIATIVE

In an effort to make Jewish summer experiences more affordable, high school-age teens from the New York City area are eligible for generous financial assistance towards any BBYO Summer Experience in Israel, Europe,  Latin America, and North America.

The New York Teen Initiative is sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • Jewish teens currently in grades 8-12
  • Permanent resident of New York City's five boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester counties
  • Scholarship awards will be based on finances. The average award last summer was $1,400.
HOW TO APPLY

  • This section will be updated soon with 2022 information.

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