By David Rupp, Social Work Graduate Student and Intern, Jewish Child & Family Services
For over a decade, HIAS Chicago has had the honor of providing scholarships for Jewish students whose lives have been touched by our organization directly, or through their parents or grandparents. Through the generosity of the scholarship donors, HIAS Chicago is able to help students pursue their academic careers. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate studies. To be eligible, the applicant, parent or grandparent must have been resettled by HIAS Chicago or assisted with immigration services (e.g. applying for a Green Card) by HIAS Chicago.
As a student myself, I understand that financial assistance can sometimes be the difference between being able to attend school and postponing those dreams. The current competitive job market coupled with the increasingly high cost of tuition, even for public schools, makes the need for scholarship programs like HIAS Chicago’s all the more important. However, too often students and prospective students don’t know what’s available. I can say first hand that searching for scholarships in and of itself requires the time and effort that many students do not have. In an effort to maximize awareness in the community, I ask that anyone that knows of an eligible student, or a school or synagogue that might have eligible students, to please spread the word. I also encourage anyone that might need a little inspiration in their day to visit the HIAS Chicago and watch the video of previous awardees. It is truly touching to hear the stories of these incredible students.