Our Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in the HIAS Immigration & Citizenship College Scholarship Program.

Applications for academic year 2022/2023 are now open! Apply here.

The deadline for applications and all supporting documents has been extended! Scholarship applications are now being accepted through Friday, February 11, 2022.

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship Scholarships are offered in the following categories:

Undergraduate Scholarships

Awarded to high school seniors beginning post-secondary education on a full time basis, or college students continuing in undergraduate or technical study.

Graduate Scholarships

Awarded to students enrolling  or continuing enrollment in a graduate level educational program.

Benton Bernstein Scholarships

Awarded to a student enrolling or continuing in a course of study in one of the helping professions such as medicine, social work or psychology.

Purdue Scholars Award

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolling or continuing enrollment in Purdue University.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must identify as one of the following:

­­An individual who came to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship; OR

­A U.S.-born child or grandchild of someone who immigrated to the United States with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship; OR

Someone who applied, or whose family applied, for Permanent Residency (i.e. a “Green Card") or citizenship with the assistance of HIAS Immigration & Citizenship.

In addition, applicants must:

Identify as Jewish;

­Have lived in the United States for a minimum of 2 years;

­Demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, community service to the Jewish and broader communities, and a well-thought out educational plan;

Plan to begin or continue undergraduate or graduate level education on a full-time basis in a four year college or university in the 2022-2023 academic year.

Note that the following items are required as part of the online application submission: 

  • Responses to three essay questions on topics including volunteerism, Jewish community engagement, and your/your family's immigration history; 
  • A school transcript that includes your most current GPA (Grade Point Average);
  • Information on your/your family's finances, including projections about costs, expenses and debts associated with study. 
  • A copy of your or your family’s most recent tax return or an explanation of why your family was not required to file income taxes. (NOTE: If you are financially dependent upon your parents, please submit a copy of your parents' tax return. If you are financially independent, only your tax return is required).

If you are selected as a finalist for a HIAS Scholarship, you will be required to submit two letters of recommendation from school faculty/counselors or community activity supervisors.

Scholarship winners will be selected by the HIAS Scholarship Committee. Due to the limitations of available funds, former winners of HIAS scholarships are not eligible to receive the same category of award.

Questions? Contact Elana Boiskin: ElanaBoiskin@JCFS.org.