Funded by the government of Israel, MASA gives grants to EVERY student who goes to Yeshiva or seminary in Israel. Grants are either $3,700 (in cases of financial need) or $1,000 to everyone else. To find out more about Masa, please contact Mirit Balkan, our Masa Journey Israel Regional Coordinator: Office (216) 593-2900, ext. 391
JECC – Cleveland
The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) administers several programs to help families save for an approved Israel Educational Experience and provide funds to make the trip a reality. In addition the JECC’s Gift of Israel program, families demonstrating financial need can apply for financial aid. The JECC can grant up to $2000 to a first timer going to Israel and up to $1500 to a 2nd timer. They give grants, loans and combination of the two.
JFSA – Irving I. Stone Scholarship
The Irving I. Stone Scholarship was established to embody Mr. Stone’s passion to encourage the next generation of Jewish leaders and present them an opportunity for a strong Jewish education and a love for Israel. This tradition is continued by Ms. Judith Weiss, President of the Irving I. Stone Support Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to students attending Yeshiva University or an approved Seminary or Yeshiva first year study in Israel.
You should be able to use your FAFSA (federal student aid) money for Israel. You can do that by applying to any Jewish college (YU, Stern, Touro, HTC/TI) and going to Yeshiva/seminary as an "Israel program student" of that university. Start your application here:
Torah Letzion is an organization whose goal is to assist students with their dream of learning in Israel upon graduating from High School. Learning in a Yeshiva or Seminary allows one to grow both religiously and personally in a new environment, providing an optimal setting for one’s greatest development. Torah Letzion provides partial scholarships for select eager and motivated students in need of financial assistance in order to fulfill this dream.
The Amy Adina Schulman Scholarship Fund
This grant requires a commitment to educate others through lecture, program or other activities upon returning to your home or school community. You must be willing and able to do this so others will have the opportunity to learn about and to be inspired to do similar work.
Rabbi Benzion Klatzko/ College Outreach
Rabbi Klatzko, National Director of College Outreach, offers airfare and tuition scholarships for students to go to Israel on various Jewish experience trips, including touring, ulpan, tzedek trips offered by many organizations. In addition, Rabbi Klatzko offers scholarships to those students that have already been on a Jewish experience trip and now want to return and study in select Yeshivot or Seminaries in or around Jerusalem. The amount of the tuition scholarship depends on the need. To apply, email Rabbi Klatzko directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1995 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich. Reich scholarships are awarded each fall and spring to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or attend post-college long-term programs. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, pro-Israel activity in their personal lives and show a commitment to future involvement with the Jewish and Zionist community. Preference is given to candidates who decide to spend the full year in Israel.
Grants up to $5,000 each for full-year study in a co-educational institution of higher learning in Israel. Preference will be given to students who have little or no previous experience in Israel. First priority will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must concurrently perform a minimum of four hours weekly volunteer service throughout the academic year with ATZUM or an ATZUM approved organization.
This site has a list of over 600 scholarships for students. There may be a scholarship opportunity available to help fund your trip to Israel.
The American Jewish League for Israel
The American Jewish League for Israel offers a scholarship for a year of academic study at an Israeli University. For full list see the website.