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.
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
- Complete the registration process at their chosen ECE center, and
- 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.
Young Women’s Scholarship Fund
Funded by restricted funds of JEWISHcolorado
Created by the families of Linda Fenner z”l and Becky Topelson z”l
Who is eligible?
Jewish women between the ages of 21 and 45 who are Colorado residents and have been identified as leaders or as having leadership potential in the Jewish community. Previous recipients of a grant from the Linda Fenner or Becky Topelson Young Women’s Scholarship Funds are not eligible to reapply.
Which programs receive subsidies?
The scholarships may be used to subsidize the cost of a young adult program, mission to Israel, national Jewish non-profit conference, or any other Jewish program. The focus of the program should be on leadership development and not professional development. The program should meet the following criteria:
- Teach leadership skills
- Contain creative and interactive elements where Jewish women can network
How much scholarship money is available?
- Linda Fenner Scholarship through JEWISHcolorado is allowed to distribute $5,000 annually; however, no one person may receive more than $2,500. Full or partial funding may be awarded. The scholarship may only be used to subsidize the registration fee for the program—not the hotel or airfare.
- Becky Topelson Scholarship through JEWISHcolorado is allowed to distribute $1000. Full or partial funding may be awarded. The scholarship may only be used to subsidize the registration fee for the program—not the hotel or airfare.
Applicants must complete the attached application and submit it with a copy of the completed event registration form, event brochure or other documentation. Applications will be reviewed by the Young Women’s Scholarship Fund Committee. The committee is comprised of JEWISHcolorado staff and volunteers, including the current Chair of Women’s Philanthropy.
- Applications are due by Tuesday, September 12
- Decisions will be made week of September 24
Payment of Scholarship Funds:
The scholarship check will be made payable to the program, without exception, and mailed to the program directly. The dollars must be used within one year of receiving the scholarship for the approved program.
The applicant must submit a written report to JEWISHcolorado’s Young Women’s Scholarship Fund Committee within 30 days of attending the program. The report should describe the participant’s expectations before the program, and what they learned or took away from the experience.
Questions? Contact Sarah Raphaely, Women’s Philanthropy Development Consultant, at 303-316-6492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.