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Teen Israel Scholarship

Scholarships to Washington Jewish Teens
to Attend Educational Programs in Israel

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Deadline Date:

03/26/19 11:59 PM


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Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to Washington Jewish high school students to participate in educational programs in Israel. This scholarship supports programs taking place the summer after ninth grade through the student’s graduation from high school. This program enables teens to attend in programs that enrich and develop their Jewish education and strengthen Jewish identity.

-Scholarship recipients are required to complete volunteer service at the Jewish Federation upon the conclusion of their Israel program.
-Scholarship recipients must write one blog post and send at least five pictures for every three weeks of their program.

The Israel need-based scholarship is based solely on demonstrated financial need.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179145

Estimated Size of Grant:

Federation scholarships average between $1,000 and $3,000 and may go slightly higher in exceptional circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Teen Israel Scholarship, you must:
-Be a permanent resident of Washington State.
-Participate in an Israel program that starts from the summer after ninth grade through high school graduation.
-Select an Israel program that is an educational youth/peer program (adventure travel, community service, volunteer work, study).
-Families must be in good standing with the Federation.

Important Information about Teen Israel Scholarships:
-Scholarships are for teen experiences only. Gap year experiences are not eligible for scholarship funding through this program.
-The Federation does not award retroactive scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

Round 1 Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Round 2 Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The application form is organized into three parts:
-Part 1 – Scholarship application, to be completed by teen.
-Part 2 – Letters of recommendation, to be completed by a school professional and Jewish communal professional.
-Part 3 – Financial information, to be completed by the teen’s parent/guardian.

The Federation asks that you only apply for what you truly need in order to make your trip to Israel possible.

To apply, you must seek additional sources of scholarship funding from your synagogue (if you are affiliated) and your Israel program/sponsoring organization.

While gap year experiences are not eligible for funding from the Federation’s Teen Israel scholarships program, young people interested in a gap year experience can seek funding through MASA, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel. MASA gives grants to every post-high school student who participates in an approved, long-term program in Israel for the first time. Some programs are 100 percent free. More information may be found here:

For a summary of examples of Israel experience programs, please click here:

Read a few examples of teens’ reflections on the impact of their Israel experiences:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

2019 Teen Application:

2019 Letters of Recommendation:

2019 Parent Application:

To learn more, contact:

Ariel Lapson
Phone: 206.774.2217

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington