Thursday September 21, 2017
DISTRIBUTIONS FROM RESTRICTED FUNDS
AWARDS FROM SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
(includes Donor Advised Funds, Designated Funds, Field of Interest Funds and Agency Funds)
Totaling $2.7 million
August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015
Fine and Performing Arts Organizations - $19,340
Jewish Agencies & Organizations - $617,207
Jewish Educational Organizations (including day schools) - $385,233
Other Educational Organizations - $108,649
Synagogues - $408,969
Health & Wellness Organizations - $383,110
Social Services & Other Organizations - $103,190
Distributions from restricted funds at JEF support organizations that benefit our entire community, including the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service, Hillel, local Jewish day schools, synagogues, medical facilities, and arts organizations, to name only a few.
In addition to the distributions to agencies, the JEF has funds that are restricted for providing scholarships to individuals for undergraduate studies in the United States, undergraduate/graduate studies in Israel, and for participating in educational tours of Israel. For the 2015-2016 academic year scholarships were awarded totaling $60,675.
Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship Awards - $45,250
JEF Common Fund Awards - $5,750
Israel Travel - $9,675
Academic scholarships are awarded from two pools of funds: the Springfield Council of Jewish Women Scholarship (SCJW) Funds and the JEF Common Fund.
The SCJW awards began with the National Council of Jewish Women, Springfield Chapter in 1943. In 1992 the funds were transferred to the Jewish Endowment Foundation. SCJW Scholarship Awards are available to all qualified students regardless of race, religion and gender. Applicants must be residents of Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Agawam, West Springfield, Chicopee or Ludlow. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on a combination of academic performance, financial need, and community involvement. A history of the individual funds making up the SCJW Scholarship pool is available here.
The JEF Common Fund Scholarships are available to Jewish students living in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Applicants for JEF Common Fund awards must complete the additional information section of the application. Descriptions of all JEF Common Fund scholarships and specific eligibility requirements are included in the application.
The JEF administers both pools of academic scholarship funds through a single application process. Applications for the Israel Travel Scholarships are also accepted on an annual basis.
The deadline for applying for the 2017-2018 academic year Has passed. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available in January 2018. Please contact Michelle Lancto at 413-732-9994 if you have any questions.
Teen Israel Travel
The deadline for applying for scholarships for trips during summer 2017 or the 2017-18 academic has passed. Applications for next year will be available in January 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lancto at 413-732-9994.
HEBREW EDUCATION AND ISRAEL CULTURE SCHOLARSHIPS
We are pleased to offer scholarships to individuals who are attending a Jewish high school. Applicants must be permanent residents of the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area. Awards are needs based. The deadline for applications for the 2017-18 academic year is June 15 at 5 PM. Click here to access the application.
MARCH OF THE LIVING SCHOLARSHIPS
Totsy Foundation March of the Living Scholarship Fund. Established in 1996 by the Trustees of the Totsy Foundation, this fund provides scholarships to March of the Living participants who display leadership, commitment to Jewish values, and financial need. All youth living in the greater Springfield Massachusetts region are eligible. The application deadline has passed. Applications will be available for spring 2018 in November 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lancto.