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 2019-20 school year are now closed.  Applications for the 2020-21 school year will open in early 2020 (due March 2020).


Scholarship eligibility

  • The Federation's College Scholarship program includes 11 different scholarships, each with its own eligibility criteria and requirements. (see below).
  • Most (but not all) scholarships are for Jewish students from the Federation's service area, which includes the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma, to attend an undergraduate or graduate 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 and may receive more than one award.
  • Applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarships for which they are eligible. Applicants need only to submit one application to be considered for multiple scholarships.
  • 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 criteria

Marvin Anmuth Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll or already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in engineering.
  • Qualifications: Financial need, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated leadership in the Jewish and/or larger community.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Multiple scholarships between $1,500 and $5,000 will be awarded annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

The Brandenburg Education Scholarship

  • 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: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • One scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded annually. Renewals will not be considered.

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

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors and graduates who are enrolled in or will be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university.
  • Qualifications: Outstanding academic record, cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale, financial need, and past participation in the Jewish community.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Multiple scholarships of $1,000 - $5,000 each is expected to be awarded annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

The Elaine and Barry Gilbert College Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors or past Gilbert Scholarship recipients who are already enrolled or planned to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study in the University of California (UC) system, at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), or at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
  • Special consideration will be given to graduates of San Francisco’s Lowell or Washington High Schools.
  • Qualifications: Financial need, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for new applicants and 3.0 out of 4.0 for renewals, except in extenuating circumstances that are addressed in the application, and demonstrated involvement in the Jewish community.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Multiple scholarships between $1,000 - $3,000 are expected to be awarded annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

Helen B. and Lewis E. Goldstein Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll or already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university.
  • 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, financial need.
  • One scholarship of up to $10,000 is expected to be awarded annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

The Stephanie G. Hoffman Scholarship 

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students accepted to or attending an accredited college or university program.
  • Qualifications: Major in library science, literature, or a related field.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • One or more scholarships of $1,000 - $5,000 is expected to be given annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation Scholarship 

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors and past Maisin scholarship recipients who are age 24 or younger as of the application deadline and are planning to enroll or are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited college or university.
  • Qualifications: Strong academic record, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, leadership, and financial need. For renewal candidates, preference will be given to those maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Multiple scholarships of $1,000 to $3,500 are expected to be awarded annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

The Gail Karp Orgell Scholarship 

    • Eligibility: Jewish female high school seniors or graduates who are beginning their first year of an undergraduate program at a four-year college or university in California.
    • Qualifications: Demonstrated academic excellence with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, involvement in athletics, and evidence of consistently practicing the Jewish principles of tzedakah and tikkun olam, defined here as giving of one’s time to making the world a better place.
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    • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
    • One scholarship around $7,000 is expected to be awarded annually.

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

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll or already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college, university, or an art/music institution.
  • Qualifications: Student must have proven track record of excellence in the area of fine arts.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded annually. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

The Shirley and Robert Raymer College Scholarship 

  • Eligibility: Jewish high school seniors who are planning to enroll in an academically selective, four-year college or university.
  • Qualifications: Academic excellence, financial need, and demonstrated involvement in the Jewish community.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Two or three $10,000 scholarships are expected to be awarded annually. Past recipients may not reapply.

The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship 

  • Eligibility: High school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll or already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university who are children of a gay or lesbian parent(s).
  • Qualifications: Academic and artistic excellence, and financial need.
  • Residency requirements: Applicant whose permanent residence is in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
  • Approximately 10 scholarships of up to $2,000 each are expected to be awarded. Provided eligibility requirements are met, past recipients may reapply.

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 2018 tax returns (or 2017 if 2018 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 submit these documents on the application portal immediately upon receipt.

For all application-related questions 

For general scholarship questions, please contact Alan Brody.

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 2019-20 school year will be notified by email by August 1, 2019. 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

Hillel International Jewish Scholarships Portal

For more information, please contact:
Alan Brody
Philanthropy Associate
415.512.6222