Scholarships, Loans, Financial Assistance

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Academic Scholarships *

JVS Career & Employment
216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 700
Chicago
IL
60606
Phone: 312-673-3444
Email: JVSscholarship@jvschicago.org
URL: http://www.JCFS.org/JVSscholarships

Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish full-time college undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing careers in the helping professions. 

Ehrlich Student Loan Program *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5043
Chicago
IL
60606-5056
Phone: Fax: 312-553-5467
Email: ehrlichstudentloan@juf.org
URL: http://www.juf.org/college/ehrlich.aspx

Provides subsidized, low-interest educational loans to students in the metropolitan Chicago Jewish community. First priority will be given to students who have limited access to other sources of funding, whether through federal, state or private loans, savings, or other sources of financial assistance. Made possible by a generous bequest from Mrs. Shirley Ehrlich to the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Subsidizes the loan while a loan recipient is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program. A loan recipient will make no payments nor accrue any interest on their loan while they are in school. A student may borrow up to $10,000 a year, up to a total of $20,000.

Jewish Residential Summer Camp Scholarship Program *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5031
Chicago
IL
60606-5056
Phone: 312-444-2895 , 312-357-4798
Email: jewishcamp@juf.org
URL: www.juf.org/teens/ict_grants.aspx

Supplemental funding, based on financial need, to help youngsters attend an eligible midwestern Jewish residential summer camp; applications available from camp offices.

JUF Right Start *

Jewish United Fund
30 S. Wells Street, Suite 5132
Chicago
IL
60606-5056
Phone: 312-357-4851
Email: rightstart@juf.org
URL: www.juf.org/rightstart

JUF Right Start, the first program of its kind, was created to increase awareness and access to Jewish early childhood programs for Chicago-area families. JUF Right Start provides a financial voucher for families enrolling their children in a Jewish infant, toddler or preschool program for the first time.

JUF's Israel Scholarships *

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S. Wells Street
Suite 5031
Chicago
IL
60606-5056
Phone: 312-444-2895 , 312-357-4798
Email: israelexperience@juf.org
URL: http://www.juf.org/israel_experience

Financial need-based (through age 28) and merit-based (through age 23) scholarships for high school and college students and young adults for approved Israel Experience programs of work, study, and travel. Spring and Fall deadlines each year.

Kehillah Jewish Education Fund

8180 McCormick Blvd
Skokie
IL
60076
Phone: (224) 470-2926
Fax: (847) 745-1735
Email: nsiegal@kehillahfund.org
URL: http://www.kehillahfund.org
Contact: Nesanel Siegal, Executive Director

Encourages and enables every Jewish child to pursue and receive a meaningful, passionate, enjoyable, superior Jewish and secular education. Kehillah Fund aims to make that education available and affordable through a funding system that will finance the education now and into the future, guaranteeing that our children and grandchildren remain Jewish.

One Happy Camper *

Foundation for Jewish Camp
Jewish United Fund
Phone: (312) 357-4995
Email: rachelwhite@juf.org
URL: http://www.onehappycamper.org
Contact: Rachel White

The Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago offer opportunities to make sure that every child has access to an unforgettable Jewish summer experience. One Happy Camper offers incentive grants of up to $1,000 for children attending nonprofit, Jewish overnight camp for the first time for 19 days or longer.

Shomrim Society of Illinois

P.O. Box 59258
Chicago
IL
60659
Phone: (773) 506-0171
Email: president@shomrimillinois.org
URL: http://www.shomrimillinois.org
Contact: Lieutenant Tamara Margolis, C.P.D.

Society of Illinois is a fraternal organization of Jewish Law Enforcement Officers from Chicago and surrounding areas.

What's New in the Guide

Duman Opportunity Center

Provides customized, person-centered services and streamlined supports leading to competitive integrated employment opportunities. Services to eligible participants include assessment of employment skills and goals, job readiness training, job development, job coaching, selection and enrollment in certified post-secondary education/vocational training and gaining practical skills through paid work experience or subsidized employment opportunities. Services and supports are also provided to partnering businesses including disability education, improving hiring practices to persons with disabilities, consultation of employment enhancements, and retention support. 

Contracted Employment Services

Assists adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment obtain and maintain jobs in janitorial or administrative support services.

Career Services

Helps individuals who are under or unemployed and may be experiencing challenges with their job search, such as career exploration, resumé building, interviewing skills, and the creation of a LinkedIn profile. Clients work closely with a career and employment specialist to determine specific services, including workshops, and groups, to develop a plan to reach their goal of employment.