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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Multiple Scholarships of up to $60,000 ($15,000/year for 4 years)
for Incoming Freshmen Jewish Studies Majors Entering in Fall 2021

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021 

“The best undergraduate Jewish Studies experience in the country.” Indiana University Bloomington With more than 200 alumni working in careers related to Jewish Studies

Multiple incoming freshmen scholarships of up to $60,000 ($15,000 per year) for students committed to pursuing a Jewish Studies major at IU.

4-year scholarships for students pursuing the pursuing the Jewish sacred music curriculum either as a Jewish Studies major in the College of Arts & Sciences or as a Vocal Performance major in the Jacobs School of Music.

Additional 1 year scholarships for Jewish Studies majors and certificate (8 courses) students, with majors receiving priority.

All Jewish Studies major, certificate, minor, and Hebrew minor students after their freshmen year, may apply annually for additional Jewish Studies scholarships.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment.

* Students who plan to major outside the College of Arts & Sciences - in Business, Education, Informatics, SPEA, or Public Health cannot complete the Jewish Studies major nor certificate and thus are ineligible for these incoming freshmen scholarships. Jewish Studies minors are not eligible for these incoming freshmen scholarships. Students planning to take a gap year in 2021-2022 should wait until Fall 2022 to apply for these scholarships.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (Note: Students applying to IU before November 1, 2020 will be considered for IU selective scholarships).

Application Procedure: Please submit:

  1. Cover letter providing name, address, cell phone number, email address, with a signed statement of commitment to pursue either the Jewish Studies major or the certificate. Please select one. Only students pursing the major will be considered for four-year scholarships.
  2. Official high school transcript may be emailed iujsp@indiana.edu or mailed directly from your high school
  3. A personal statement that addresses plans for academic work at IU and the specific way that a major or certificate in Jewish Studies will figure in your undergraduate education and career plan
  4. A resume detailing extracurricular activities, awards, and honors
  5. Two letters of recommendation, both from high school teachers well acquainted with your academic strengths and abilities
  6. Students applying for an IU Selective Application Scholarship need only mail or email the Borns Jewish Studies Program a personal statement (see 3 above) and a signed statement of commitment (see 1 above), and let us know you have applied for the Selective Scholarships – email: iujsp@indiana.edu.

Mail or e-mail applications, transcripts, and recommendations to: Jewish Studies Freshmen Scholarship Competition, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Global & International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1105, Phone (812) 855-0453; e-mail iujsp@indiana.edu 

Announcement of Scholarship Prizes: First round recipients: Thursday, February 25, 2021; 2nd round recipients: Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

The Borns Jewish Studies Program is one of the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive, Jewish Studies programs. To pursue Jewish Studies at IU is to be part of an unusually caring program of studies, committed to fostering academic achievement through rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and civilization. Nestled within a major research university, the program offers an intimate learning environment, with the type of personal attention normally associated with small liberal arts colleges. Our amazing faculty (teaching more than 40 courses per year) establish close connections with our students. Our Modern Hebrew program is one of the best in the world. We have the only undergraduate pre-cantorial program in the country. Students engage in a wide array of extracurricular activities sponsored by the program and the Jewish Studies Student Association. Students may complete a Jewish Studies B.A. and an MBA at the Kelley School of Business in 5 years.

Scholarship recipients must become and remain full-time students and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA as majors or certificate students in Jewish Studies at IU Bloomington through the funded year/s. Students receiving four-year scholarships must remain JS majors and may use this funding, after their freshman year, toward a semester/year of study at Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, or Tel Aviv University in Israel, at predominantly Jewish Studies academic programs abroad; for IU sponsored or co-sponsored overseas study programs; or, for full-time, unpaid Jewish Studies-related internships away from IU.

One of the LARGEST, OLDEST, and MOST COMPREHENSIVE programs of its kind
What makes Jewish Studies at IU special?
Our amazing world-renowned faculty who establish close connections with our students
An intimate learning environment within a major research university
More than 40 courses per year – that students love!
An active Jewish Studies Student Association – faculty & students come together often
So many events – lectures, parties, film screenings, performances
Learning Hebrew and Yiddish language from top-notch teachers
Strong career support: 200+ alumni working in careers related to Jewish Studies; ready to help you
The only pre-cantorial undergraduate program

Learn more at http://www.indiana.edu/~jsp/index.shtml

NEW Jewish Studies BA+ Kelley Business MBA

Earn a bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies and then spend an additional year earning an MBA from the Kelley School of Business. For details see Jewish Studies + Kelley.