We are committed to doing everything we can to make your dream a reality. Whether it be spending this summer in Israel on one of NCSY’s many Summer Programs, or spending a year/semester in Israel before or during college. Please see below to see various scholarship opportunities for Cleveland teens. Please be in touch for personal guidance.

Scholarships Available for SUMMER in ISRAEL
Step 1:
$1500-$2000 – JECC – Need Based
For teens attending their FIRST or SECOND program in Israel (family trips don’t count as a program).
The application for this scholarship is due April 1! (and that’s not a joke)

Step 2:
NCSY also offers Need and Merit Based scholarships- call for more information.
Click here for the TJJ Local Scholarship Form.

Scholarships Available for Gap Year in Israel

(How do you request scholarship? Do your groundwork and figure out how much of the below you might be able to receive. Be in touch with the school and tell them your goal out of all the scholarships below. Then make sure you have filled out whatever financial application they have and hope for the best. Schools will give you some money, but they want to see you’re doing your share of the work. Call us and we’ll help you work with them.)

[Approximate Expenses for a Gap Year Program:
$23,000 Tuition
$1,500 Plane ticket to Israel
$300 ($1/day) Insurance
$250 ($25/mo) Cell phone rental
$2500 Spending money
Total Expenses: $27550]

Step 1:
$250-$1800 – NCSY Torah Fund – Merit Based
For teens involved in NCSY (to GET involved, give us a call and we’ll work it out).

Step 2:
Yeshiva University/Stern Joint Programs

If you’re going to Israel, the chances are that YU/Stern has a joint program with it. This means that you can attend that program as a YU Student and get regular financial aid from the American Government. This is usually the BIGGEST step towards figuring out your scholarship plan and there is no reason not to do it. Not going to YU/Stern? Transfer out when you’re done! It’s been done hundreds of times before.

Step 3:
Your Yeshiva/Seminary/Program
Your preferred program should have scholarship available. Try speaking to them about grants, work studies, “moral loans” (loans which you can pay back over time after spending your time in Israel), or even names of alumni in America who may be interested in your case. Your program will want to know what other scholarships you’re already applying to to make sure it’s a team effort.

Step 4:
$3000-$4500 – MASA – Need Based

Step 5:
Many other possibilities- look through yourself and see what might work..

A. $3500 – Alisa Flatow Scholarship – Merit Based

B. $400 – Jeff Seidel Scholarship – Need Based
For teens with “minimal background”.

C. Rabbi Klatzko Scholarships
Rabbi Benzion Klatzko, National Director of College Outreach, offers airfare and tuition scholarships for students to go to Israel on various Jewish experience trips, including touring, ulpan, tzedek trips offered by many organizations. If a student is looking for a Jewish experience trip and is unsure of their options, Rabbi Klatzko will discuss it with the student and customize a trip that will meet the need and desire of each student.

In addition, Rabbi Klatzko offers scholarships to those students that have already been on a Jewish experience trip and now want to return and study in select Yeshivot or Seminaries in or around Jerusalem. The amount of the tuition scholarship depends on the need.

To apply, email Rabbi Klatzko directly at, and CC

D. Jewish Affiliation
Let us know what school/Synagogue you’re a part of. It’s possible that we can work with them to give you scholarship money!

E. Amy Adina Schulman Fund
The Amy Adine Schulman Scholarship Fund– The grant requires a commitment to educate others through lecture, program or other activities upon returning to your home or school community.  You must be willing and able to do this so others will have the opportunity to learn about and to be inspired to do similar work.

F. The Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich.  Reich scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities. Preference is given to candidates who decide to spend the full year in Israel.  For more information about the scholarship, please call the AZM Chicago office at 847-677-5949 or visit the website.

G. Atzum grants up to $5,000 each for full-year study in a co-educational institution of higher learning in Israel. Preference will be given to students who have little or no previous experience in Israel. First priority will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.  Recipients must concurrently perform a minimum of four hours weekly volunteer service throughout the academic year with ATZUM or an ATZUM approved organization.

H. has a list of over 600 scholarships for students.  There may be a scholarship opportunity available to help fund your trip to Israel.

Oorah: This $4000 scholarship towards tuition, plus $100 a month
towards spending money goes to attendees at Oorah’s DiscoverU
Camp for 2 ½ weeks in the summer. Apply at, for the tuition scholarship and
apply at for the DiscoverU
scholarship. Contact for more
Only for yeshiva/seminary attendees from non-observant homes who
currently attend public school or a non-denominational school.

I. Torah LeTzion started in May 2008 with the goal of helping students grow religiously and personally in their respective Yeshivot/Seminaries. To apply for a scholarship, click here:

J. 102 other Scholarships!
Peruse through lots of other available scholarship from around the Country. Good luck!