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At Hillel, our mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people, and the world. One way in which Hillel fulfills this mission is by helping incoming and current college students pay for the cost of college. 

Scholarships are open to students who identify as Jewish, who are attending or preparing to attend four-year colleges and universities or graduate school at an accredited university in the U.S. and Canada, and meet the individual scholarship requirements listed below. See the full list of eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.

Scholarships from Hillel International

 
Grad Cap

Handeli First-Year Student Scholarship
 

Award Amount:
 $3,000

Renewable for up to three additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after fourth school year/payment or student’s completion of undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.

Application Deadline:
 March 1, 2023

The Handeli First-Year Student Scholarship is awarded annually to two graduating high school seniors who are preparing to seek a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must demonstrate a record of leadership and/or volunteer service in any aspect of their local community, and must also self-identify as Jewish.

Eligible: current high school seniors or gap-year students

 
Student Leaders

Knapp Campus Leadership Award


Award Amount:
 $3,000

Renewable for up to two additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after the third school year/payment or student’s completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.

Application Deadline:
March 1, 2023

The Jules and Gwen Knapp Campus Leadership Award is awarded annually to a full-time student seeking a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university who demonstrates extraordinary leadership abilities and has a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants must self-identify as Jewish and commit to attending at least one Hillel event in the upcoming school year. Previous attendance at Hillel events is NOT a requirement for this scholarship.

Eligible: 
current undergraduate first-years, sophomores, or juniors

 
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Knapp First-Generation Student Award
 

Award Amount:
 $3,000 per year 

Renewable for up to three additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after the fourth school year/payment or student’s completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.

Application Deadline:
 March 1, 2023

Jules and Gwen Knapp believed deeply in the power of higher education to transform the lives of individuals and families. Top applicants will have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a demonstrated impact of leadership, entrepreneurship, and/or volunteerism in their local or campus community. To qualify as a first-generation student, the applicant’s parents/guardians must not have completed a four-year college or university degree.

Eligible: current high school seniors, gap-year students, undergraduate first-years, sophomores, and juniors

 



 
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Hillel Graduate Student Award


Award Amount:
 $5,000 one-time award


Application Deadline:
 March 1, 2023

This award is given annually to a Jewish student who will be attending graduate school in the U.S. or Canada in the upcoming school year who has demonstrated academic excellence and made a difference in their community. Applicants must have completed or be on track to complete their undergraduate degree by June 30, 2023, and be attending graduate school in the fall of 2023. Applicants must self-identify as Jewish and commit to attending at least one Hillel event in the upcoming graduate school year. Previous attendance at Hillel events is NOT a requirement for this scholarship. There is no requirement for the concentration of study.

Eligible: incoming or current graduate students

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Past Scholarship Recipients

Learn about the recipients of the Handeli First-Year Student Scholarship and Campus Leadership Award. Through leadership and volunteerism, these Jewish students exemplify Hillel’s values of pursuing social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek) and supporting their peers and local communities.




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