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Announcing the Young Adult Travel to Israel 2018 Scholarship Application

JEWISHcolorado is offering a limited number of stipends to teens and young adults ages 16-30 participating in peer group trips to Israel in 2017/2018. This does not include the Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour (IST), as separate funding is available for IST subsidies. The purpose of these subsidies is to enable those for whom the financial burden of Israel travel program costs could be  a barrier for participation.

The subsidy amount is determined by both length and cost of the trip, as follows:

  • $500 for eligible trips of six (6) weeks or less or eligible trips that cost less than $8,000. 
  • $1,000 for eligible trips of longer than six (6) weeks or eligible trips that cost $8,000 or more.

Subsidies will be distributed as applications are received: on a first come, first served basis, until all available funds have been distributed.  Students who have not received a grant before will be given preference.

Objectives:

  1. To encourage and develop knowledge, awareness and commitment to the Jewish community and to Israel.
  2. To channel the interest back into the community in a positive way upon return to the U.S.
  3. To enhance and further the connection between the people of Israel and the people of Colorado.

Who is Eligible?

Jewish teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 by start of program who are Colorado residents.

What is the Commitment?

Subsidy recipients will be expected to help promote Israel, Israel travel & Israel advocacy efforts in the community upon their return.

Which Israel programs are eligible?

  • Program must be an organized educational experience in Israel inclusive of but not limited to programs recognized by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the Government of Israel, a national Jewish youth group, a Jewish camp, or MASA Israel Journey.
  • Travel programs must be operated by a local/national/international organization (no private tours or missions).

Application Process:

  1. Applicants must complete the official application and submit it with proof of acceptance by a qualifying program.
  2. Subsidies will be distributed as applications are received, on a first come, first served basis until funds are depleted.
  3. Applications will be reviewed for adherence to guidelines.
  4. Submit application to: Heather Flowers, Program Support Associate
                                       JEWISHcolorado
                                       300 South Dahlia, Suite 300
                                       Denver, CO  80246
                                       Email: hflowers@JEWISHcolorado.org
                                       Fax: 303-322-8328
  5. If the applicant does not actually participate in or complete the program, he/she is responsible for facilitating reimbursement of JEWISHcolorado funds received.

Payment of Funds: The subsidy check will be made payable and mailed directly to the Israel program, which must have a US Office.  No checks will be made payable to individuals or sent to Israel. If the Israel program does not have a US office, a check will be mailed to the participant/participant's family for them to forward to the program. It will be the participant's responsibility to send the check to the program.

Questions?

Please do not hesitate to call Heather Flowers, at 303-316-6462 or email hflowers@JEWISHcolorado.org.

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ECE – Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund

Early childhood is an important time for our youngest learners to develop socially, emotionally and academically. Jewish Early Childhood Education (ECE) centers build Jewish identity by creating Jewish experiences, traditions, values and community for young children and their families. In response to the economic downturn and in recognition that Jewish early childhood education is a priority for the community, a community scholarship fund for Jewish ECE was initiated with a grant from Rose Community Foundation. The Annual Scholarship Fund continues today with funds raised by JEWISHcolorado from generous donors.

Families interested in applying for financial aid may visit the FACTS website at factstuitionaid.com to apply online, or contact FACTS via phone at 1-866-315-9262 for assistance in completing the application.

Using the FACTS service will ensure that aid assessment is conducted fairly and equally among all applicants, while maintaining the strictest confidentiality. Applications for financial aid will not be accepted by JEWISHcolorado.

The scholarship fund assists Jewish families with the cost of an early childhood education, whether those families are currently enrolled in a Jewish early childhood education center or are new to the Jewish ECE community. There are ten Jewish ECE centers in the Greater Denver/Boulder metro area; you can find a complete list at MazelTogether.org. All Jewish ECE centers provide scholarship funding to families, and this fund provides families with an additional source of scholarship support.

In order to be considered for a scholarship award from JEWISHcolorado’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund, families seeking financial assistance should

  1. Complete the registration process at their chosen ECE center, and
  2. Apply for scholarship funding through FACTS (an independent grant and aid assessment service).

To contribute to annual fundraising efforts to support the Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund, or to make an enduring contribution with a gift to the ECE Endowment Fund, please contact Cindy Coons at CCoons@JEWISHcolorado.org or 303.951.8498.