Scholarship and Loan Programs

  • Overnight Jewish Summer Camp

    Overnight Jewish summer camp is one of the most important ways to build Jewish identity in children and young adults. Both Jewish Family Services and the Federation have a number of programs to assist families to make this camp possible.

OVERNIGHT JEWISH CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

  • FIRST YEAR CAMPERS: The Greensboro Jewish Federation, Temple Emanuel, and Beth David Synagogue offer a One Happy Camper First Year Incentive Grant of $1250 to an approved non-profit Jewish overnight camp over 18 days long. If your child is going to a program of 12-18 days in length a grant of $875 is available. The approved camp list and application is at the One Happy Camper website www.onehappycamper.org

 

  • The Stanley Shavitz Camp Judaea Camper Incentive Grant Fund provides an additional first year grant of $1000 to campers attending Camp Judaea. If you are applying for the One Happy Camper First Year Incentive Grant, you will automatically be considered for the Shavitz Fund if your child is attending Camp Judaea. The Shavitz fund is also available to second year campers attending Camp Judea in an amount of $500/camper. Contact Carly Dunno, Outreach and Engagement Manager, at the Federation at 336-852-5433, ext. 243.

 

  • The Fischer Send-A-Kid to Overnight Jewish Camp Incentive Grant Fund provides an additional first time campers grant of $1000/camper for camps greater than 18 days, or $500/camper for camps 12-18 days for any qualifying Jewish overnight camp, aside from Camp Judea. Additional funds are available to second year campers of $500/camper for camps greater than 18 days, or $250/camper for camps 12-18 days. Contact Carly Dunno, Outreach and Engagement Manager, at the Federation at 336-852-5433, ext. 243.

 

  • Jewish Family Services offers scholarships for middle and lower income families in the Greensboro area. The application is available on line HERE and is due by the last day of February. For JFS funds, it is also necessary to apply for assistance through the camp. Please contact Betsy Gamburg at bgamburg@shalomgreensboro.org or 336-852-4829, ext. 225 for more information.

 

  • ASSISTANCE FROM CONGREGATIONS: If you are a member of a congregation, contact your Rabbi for any possible additional assistance.

 

  • FINANCIAL AID FROM CAMP: Most camps offer financial aid and will be happy to talk with you about this. Start by going to their websites to apply and follow directions there regarding financial aid. If anything is not clear, call the camp to clarify the process and make sure your request is known. Applying early is always a good idea.

 

  • Temple Emanuel provides a limited number of scholarships through the The Bradley J. Starr Campership Fund on a first come, first served basis if the child is not receiving assistance from the One Happy Camper Fund Incentive Grant. Temple membership is required. Contact Brenda Henley at Temple Emanuel (336) 292-7899.

Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Experience Scholarship Fund

 

JFS administers the Jacke W. and Lottie K. Samet Israel Experience Scholarship Fund which awards grants to Jewish youth living in Guilford County going to Israel on their first teen peer trip.

 

The Scholarship is based on merit and need and must be to an approved program in Israel. The applicant can be a member of a local congregation or must demonstrate a sincere interest and commitment to Judaism. Priority is given to high school seniors, rising juniors, graduating seniors, and rising sophomores in that order. College students up to the age of 25 are then eligible if funds remain.

 

CLICK HERE for the guidelines and HERE for the application. 

 

Contact Betsy Gamburg, JFS Director, (336) 852-4829 ext. 225.

Jewish Education Loan Fund (JELF)

 

JELF offers interest-free loans for Jewish students pursuing full-time higher education (college, graduate school, and vocational programs). JELF loans are needs-based and are last dollar financing.

 

Each year, applications for the full academic year open on March 1 and close on April 30. For the spring semester, applications open September 1 and close on September 30.

 

CLICK HERE to go to the online application at www.jelf.org. More information is also available at www.jelf.org.

 

Contact Betsy Gamburg, JFS Director, who administers this program in Greensboro, (336) 852-4829 ext. 225.

The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund

 

The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund, dedicated to the memory of Roslyn Saltz, honors her lifelong commitment to higher education. Unable to attend college, Rosalyn was always an avid learner and regretted her lack of a university education. Her daughters, Dr. Patricia Louise Pliner, Dr. Judith Ellen Pliner, and Janice Leslie Pliner created this fund to help others achieve what their mother only dreamed of doing.

 

This fund provides financial assistance to applicants residing in North or South Carolina attending accredited post-secondary schools as full-time students. The selected recipient(s) must demonstrate a commitment to advancing women in leadership roles and involvement in their chosen field of interest and the Jewish community.

 

The Scholarship provides $2,500 to $5,000 a year, depending on number of applicants selected. The scholarship is renewable and therefore is not open for new recipients every year.

 

Contact Betsy Gamburg, JFS Director, (336) 852-4829 ext. 225 regarding availability.