New summer study grant for FSU teens - apply now!

Are your parents from the Former Soviet Union? Want to spend the summer learning cool stuff?  If so, you are eligible for a generous grant to join in the Genesis and BIMA programs at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts! This grant lets you participate for only $1,000 - and additional financial aid is also available. So what are these programs?

Genesis was designed as a summer program combining Jewish studies, academics, the arts and humanities, as well as what it means to participate in a diverse Jewish community. Every summer, and even every day, Genesis offers a new experience, because so much of the learning emerges from the unique combinations of teens who come together from different parts of the world, with different interests and experiences of Judaism. Open to incoming 11th and 12th graders.

BIMA brings talented teens together for four weeks in the summer to cultivate a vibrant, pluralistic environment brimming with artistic discovery and Jewish experiences. A BIMA summer experience allows one to hone his or her artistic skills, live and discover in a diverse Jewish community, and explore as an artist. Open to incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Genesis will be offering the following courses this summer:

  • Journalism and Responsibility
  • Judaism and Justice
  • Torah of Technology
  • World Religions

BIMA will be offering the following majors this summer:

  • Film (new this summer)
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music (piano and guitar is FULL)
  • Jazz Music
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
  • Writing

Dates: July 6 - August 5, 2010 How to apply: Students interested in the grant first need to apply to the program of their choice. Once accepted you'll be considered for the scholarship. The application begins online - there are some short online forms and then you can download the application packet. For Genesis, this consists of two short essays, a teacher and parent recommendation, and a high school transcript. For BIMA it is two short essays, a teacher, parent, and art instructor recommendation, and samples of your work. The links to the applications are: Genesis - BIMA -



May 13, 2009