Israel Scholarships

 

Scholarships for Qualifying Programs in Israel
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver is proud to offer grants to local teens and young adults to offset the cost of traveling to Israel on qualifying organized programs. Made possible through funds raised through the Jewish Community Foundation and Jewish Federation, grants aim to encourage participation in qualified programs in Israel and are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need.

 

Financing for Teen Travel to Israel

In partnership with HFLA, local teens participating in youth travel to Israel can also apply for interest-free trip financing. The goal of this is to help families break up the balance of their trip costs after scholarship into more manageable monthly installments.  

 

How to Apply:

 

Option 1: Scholarship and Financing for High School Students

 

If you are the parent of a High School student wishing to apply for both a Federation Scholarship and HFLA Financing at the same time, please click here to complete your online application: https://form.jotform.com/212223980736254.

 

Option 2: Scholarships for High School and Post Secondary Students (ie: this form does not allow you to apply for HFLA financing at the same time)

 

Families who wish to apply for a Federation Scholarship, please click here to download and complete a paper application.

 

The application deadline for this program is February 28th 2022.

 

Criteria for Scholarships

 

  1. The scholarship program is designed to help applicants in financial need to participate in trips to Israel with priority given to first time trips. Previous family trips or early childhood experiences living in Israel do not disqualify youth from applying.
     
  2. Financial aid is only provided for Jewish Federation approved programs. These programs must be included in the MASA listing or be approved by Jewish Federation staff before being forwarded to the committee. Approved trips must be a minimum of two weeks in Israel.
     
  3. Applications submitted within less than 25 months of a previous trip for which financial aid was received will not be considered.  
     
  4. Eligible applicants must be BC residents or applicants who grew up in BC but are attending high school, college or university outside BC.
     
  5. Applicants who receive a scholarship must commit to some form of community service or volunteerism upon their return.
     
  6. To be considered for a scholarship for a second trip, applicants should be able to demonstrate how this second trip builds upon or extends the benefits of the previous program.
     
  7. The maximum amount of a scholarship is $2,500.
     
  8. Applicants who are seeking funding for a university program, seminary or yeshiva must demonstrate that they have acquired 75% of the funding upfront and will be returning to Canada at the end of the program.
     
  9. There will be a minimum of two intake periods per calendar year for scholarship applications.
     
  10. Extenuating circumstances. There will be applicants whose personal circumstances are such that a request may be approved outside of the established criteria.


Applicants are expected to contribute to the cost of the program. Scholarships are not awarded on a retroactive basis. If approved, the funds will be paid directly to the program or to the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Vancouver (if applicable) and not to an individual.