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Jewish Studies Scholarships & Awards

Jewish studies at Arizona State University offers a variety of generous scholarship and fellowship opportunities to students at all academic levels on an annual basis. Applicants should submit one application packet containing a single copy of the items listed below, as required for the scholarship(s) funding for which they are applying:

  • One completed Jewish Studies Scholarship Fellowship Application Form
  • One cover letter
  • One proposal or plan of research up to 1,500 words including:
    • estimated budget
    • timeframe for research, project or study
    • institutional information for external academic study, if applicable
    • this item is not required for Benjamin Goldberg Memorial Scholarship or Schwartz scholarships
  • One copy of your curriculum vitae and/or unofficial transcript
  • Two current letters of recommendation; including one ASU academic reference
    • not required for Schwartz scholarships

Additional, requirements for Benjamin Goldberg Memorial Scholarship:

  • FAFSA form on file through Financial Assistance Office
  • Statement of financial need included in cover letter or proposal; a research plan is not required for the Benjamin Goldberg Memorial Scholarship

 application deadline: January 31, 2019 (Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020)

Scholarship Descriptions and Eligibility Requirements

Benjamin Goldberg Memorial Scholarship (minimum $500 per year)
Awards may be made to students at any academic level with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher enrolled in the Jewish Studies certificate program. Financial need is the primary factor of consideration for this award. Applicants must have a FAFSA form on file with ASU Financial Assistance office. One half of annual amount will be awarded each semester.

Cabot Family Scholarship ($1,000 per year)
Awarded to juniors, seniors and graduate students involved with the Jewish Studies Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to supports travel, research and study, as approved by the director of the Jewish Studies program in consultation with the student's department chair and/or advisor. One half of annual amount will be awarded each semester.

Great Students Graduate Fellowship (minimum $1,000 per year)
This award supports graduate student advancement and thesis research in pursuit of an advanced degree with a commitment to the field of Jewish studies as evident by the thesis or dissertation topic. The funds may be used to underwrite the cost of travel, purchase of necessary equipment, supplies and language training. Award amounts will be determined by the Jewish Studies Scholarship Committee on the basis of academic merit. Awards may be given for more than one year.

Morris and Julia Kertzer Scholar (minimum $500 per year)
Awarded to upper division and graduate students engaged in studies about Jews or Judaism, providing a stipend to pursue a research project under the direction of an ASU faculty advisor. The project results must be presented in a public lecture and should then be exhibited and/or published. The award recipient is allowed up to one year from the date of the award to complete the project. Candidates must be enrolled at ASU and registered for courses in Jewish studies. One half of annual amount will be awarded each semester.

Schwartz Honors and/or University Scholarship (three awards per year / minimum $2,500 per year)
Awarded to students enrolled in Barrett, the Honors College and other high-achieving students (based on faculty recommendations), at any class-level pursuing a program of study involving Jewish studies. A commitment by the award recipient to participate in community service in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community is required (suggested amount: 20 hours per semester). Applicants must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and must be involved in the Jewish Studies Program. One half of annual amount will be awarded each semester. Awards may be given for more than one year.

Schwartz Research, Study and Travel Grant (one award per year / minimum $2,500 per year)
Awarded to students at any class-level pursuing a program of study involving Jewish studies. A commitment by the award recipient to participate in community service in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community is required (suggested amount: 20 hours per semester). Applicants must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and must be involved in the Jewish Studies Program. One half of annual amount will be awarded each semester. Awards may be given for more than one year.

Schwartz Jewish Studies Scholarship/Fellowship (one award per year / minimum $1,250 per year)
Awarded to students at any class-level pursuing a program of study involving Jewish studies. A commitment by the award recipient to participate in community service in the Greater Phoenix Jewish community is required (suggested amount: 20 hours per semester). Applicants must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and must be involved in the Jewish Studies Program. One half of annual amount will be awarded each semester. Awards may be given for more than one year.

Seymour H. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship (minimum $500 per year)
A minimum award of $500 to support travel or research, awarded to seniors and graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, pursuing a concentration in Jewish Studies (undergraduate certificate of concentration or graduate research related to Judaism) within the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Half of the total award will be made in each of two semesters. This scholarship is not renewable.