The AJT has received word about two scholarship opportunities for study next school year in Israel.
The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund is accepting online applications until Feb. 16 for scholarships to support full-time study in Israel during the 2016-17 academic year.
Six scholarships for $4,000 each will be awarded for one-year programs. Students may study at yeshivas, at seminaries and in other approved post-high-school programs.
Awards are based on academic achievement, volunteer activities and financial need. The scholarship is especially valuable for students who have shown promise in religious studies.
Full details, application forms and lists of previous winners are available at www.alisafund.org.
The most recent Atlanta recipient was Rose Jacobs of Yeshiva Atlanta High School in 2012-13, who used the scholarship at Emunah V’Omanut.
Also supporting gap-year programs at yeshivas and seminaries is Torah Letzion, a nonprofit organization led by people ages 24 to 28 who are current or former Yeshiva University students.
Torah Letzion believes that every person who desires to spend a year studying in Israel should have the opportunity to do so, regardless of finances. In seven years, the organization has raised close to $600,000 and has helped send 200 students to Israel.
“We’re seeking to assist people whose need is financially based and who have a strong a desire for religious growth,” said Marc Merrill, Torah Letzion’s founder and director. “The main thing we try to determine during the application review process is how motivated this boy or girl is and the direness of their financial situation. We try to find the most motivated individuals because we know they will make the most of their time in Israel. These are the types of individuals that donors want to assist most.”
The typical scholarship ranges from $500 to $3,500. For more information about contributing or applying for a scholarship, visit torahletzion.org.