College Scholarships

Investing in our future means helping to provide access to quality education.

The Federation provides scholarships for students to attend undergraduate or graduate programs at accredited nonprofit colleges or universities. Scholarships are granted based on both merit and financial need and are intended to be “last resort” funding to supplement student and family contributions, as well as other financial aid, grants, and awards.   

Read more about how college scholarships ease the burden for Bay Area young women.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year are being accepted until March 29, 2018. 


Scholarship eligibility

  • The Federation's College Scholarships are funded by 11 different scholarship funds, each with its own eligibility criteria and requirements (see below).
  • Many (but not all) scholarships are for Jewish students from the Federation's service area (Sonoma and Marin Counties, San Francisco, and the Peninsula) to attend an undergraduate program, based on a combination of need and merit. There are exceptions, so please see the detailed eligibility requirements below.
  • Applicants may be eligible for more than one scholarship fund and may receive more than one award.
  • Applicants will select the scholarship funds for which they are eligible during the application process. Applicants need not submit more than one application.
  • Previous recipients may apply for a renewal each year, as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria and the fund allows for renewals. Renewals are not guaranteed.
  • If a student is applying for a renewal, they may not apply for a new scholarship.
  • Scholarships are for full-time students only, enrolled in 12-plus units per quarter/semester.

Scholarship funds and criteria

Marvin Anmuth Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree program in electrical engineering at an accredited college, university, or graduate school.
  • Qualifications: Financial need, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership in the Jewish or general community, evidence of practicing tzedakah and tikkun olam.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant must reside within the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Annual grant: 1 scholarship of $2,500 - $5,000

Helen B. and Lewis E. Goldstein Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to someone enrolled in a professional school such as a law school, business, or library/information science. Preference will also be given to a student who is an immigrant.
  • Qualifications: Academic merit
  • Annual Grants: 1-2 scholarships up to a combined total award of $6,800. One time award; provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

The Nathan J. and Virginia H. Friedman College Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate students who are accepted to or attending an accredited undergraduate college or university program
  • Qualifications: Outstanding academic record and financial need
  • Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, Sonoma, or Alameda Counties
  • Annual Grant: 1-4 scholarships of $1,000 - $5,000

The Elaine and Barry Gilbert College Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors who will attend a University of California campus. Preference given to graduates of San Francisco’s Lowell or Washington High School.
  • Qualifications: Financial need, 3.5 GPA or better, and demonstrated Jewish involvement.
  • Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, or Sonoma Counties.
  • Annual Grants: 1-3 new scholarships per academic year of $1,000 - $3,000. Re-applicants from prior years will be funded if they continue to meet the criteria and maintain a 3.0 GPA. 

The Stephanie G. Hoffman Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate or graduate student accepted to or attending an accredited college/university program.
  • Qualifications: Major in library science, English literature, or related field, with the intention of working with underserved children to excite them through reading to pursue higher education.
  • Undergraduate residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Graduate residency requirements: Applicant must be a permanent resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Annual Grant: 2-3 scholarships of $2,000 - $5,000 each

Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors and renewals only.
  • Qualifications: Strong academic record, leadership potential, and financial need.
  • Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, or Sonoma Counties.
  • Annual Grants: Multiple new scholarships will be considered.

The Gail Karp Orgell Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish female undergraduate students, attending a four-year California university program.
  • Qualifications: Focus on academic excellence, achievements in leadership, and involvement in athletics. Candidates must also show evidence of practicing tzedakah and tikkun olam
  • Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Annual Grants: 1-2 scholarships of $1,000 - $2,000 each.

The S.F. Humanities, Inc: Leo Hills Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate students accepted into or attending an accredited college or university program or an art or music institution.
  • Qualifications: Student must have proven track record of excellence in the area of fine arts. Prefer high school senior graduating from Jewish Community High School of the Bay, Kehillah Jewish High School, Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy, or in a dedicated public school arts program.
  • Residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Annual Grants: 1-2 scholarships of $500 - $1,000 each

The Shirley and Robert Raymer College Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors who have been accepted to an academically selective, four-year college or university.
  • Qualifications: Academic excellence, financial need, and demonstration of Jewish community involvement.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant must be a permanent resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Annual Grants: 2 scholarships of $10,000 each
  • Note: No renewal scholarships granted

The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students accepted into or attending accredited institutions of higher learning, and/or the arts, who are children of gay or lesbian parent(s).
  • Qualifications: Academic and/or artistic excellence and financial need.
  • Undergraduate residency requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, or Sonoma Counties.
  • Graduate residency requirements: Applicant must be a permanent resident of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, or Sonoma Counties.
  • Annual Grants: 4 to 6 scholarships of $3,000 - $5,000 each

The Brandenburg Education Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors or undergraduate students accepted to or currently enrolled in a course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States.
  • Qualifications: Academic merit, financial need, demonstrated interest in and dedication to a specific field of study (i.e. internships, research, etc.).
  • Residency Requirements: Student's parents must be permanent residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula (Sunnyvale and north), Marin, or Sonoma Counties.
  • Annual Grants: 1 scholarship up to $1,000. Renewals will not be considered.
     

How to apply

The application for first-time applicants will require the following information:

  • Demographic, family, financial, and academic data.
  • Two references (teacher, professor, or counselor) from where you are currently enrolled. You will contact them to provide an academic recommendation.
  • Cumulative transcripts for college or the last four years of high school (GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to apply).
  • Two essay questions, one regarding your motivation and future goals, and the other regarding your connection to the Jewish community. The selection committee weighs these heavily!
  • Statement of Economic Circumstances from either you or your parent(s) as well as several short answer questions related to college or graduate school funding.
  • Activity resumé listing awards, outside activities, and Jewish participation.
  • Federal 2017 tax returns (or 2016 if 2017 is not yet available) – first page only.
  • Financial aid award letter from the college, listing all grants, loans, and outside awards you received, if you have received it by the application deadline. If this is not available before the application is submitted, you will need to send these documents to Kelly Voss at Scholarship America immediately upon receipt.

For all application-related questions 

E-mail Kelly Voss of Scholarship America, the Federation's scholarship vendor, or call 1.800.537.4180. For general scholarship questions, please contact Helem Baskin, Supporting Foundations Program Associate.

Selection and notification process

All scholarship application data is held strictly confidential and reviewed without any identifying information (anonymously) by established selection criteria.
 
Applicants for the 2018-19 school year will be notified by email by August 1, 2018. Award checks made out to the institution will be mailed to the students to forward to their college or university.

Learn more

Visit Frequently asked questions about College Scholarships.

For other scholarship opportunities, check out these partner organizations:

Hebrew Free Loan's Student Loan Program

Jewish Family and Children's Service College Scholarships

For more information, please contact:
Helem Baskin
Supporting Foundations Program Associate
415.512.6231