Scholarship and Loan Programs

Financial Assistance for 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. Click HERE for information about these programs.

JFS Overnight Jewish Camp Scholarships


JFS administers a camp scholarship program for approved Jewish camps to assist middle income families with the cost of camp. All information provided is strictly confidential. Scholarship applications are due the last day of February and notifications are made by mid-March. Click HERE for the application.


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


Other Camp Financial Aid Opportunities

At the Greensboro Jewish Federation: There are a number of grants for first and second year campers going to approved overnight Jewish summer camps that are available at the Greensboro Jewish Federation. These include the One Happy Camper program (, the Stanley Shavitz Camp Judaea Camper Incentive Fund, and the Fischer Send-A-Kid to Overnight Jewish Camp Incentive Grant Fund. Contact Carly Dunno, Outreach and Engagement Manager, at the Federation at 336-852-5433, ext. 243.

At the Summer Camps: Most camps offer financial aid. Talk with the camp about this and apply online at the camp's website. Apply early.

At the Congregations: If you are a member of a congregation, contact your Rabbi for any possible additional assistance.


The Bradley J. Starr Campership Fund at Temple Emanuel provides a limited number of scholarships 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 the Temple (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 More information is also available at


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.