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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Multiple Scholarships of up $40,000 ($10,000/year for 4 years)
for Incoming Freshmen 2015-2016

Application Deadline:  Monday, February 2, 2015 

There are few places that offer the range of intellectual, cultural, social, and professional opportunities in Jewish Studies that IU can.

Multiple incoming freshmen scholarships of up to $40,000 for students committed to pursuing a Jewish Studies major or a certificate (8 courses) at Indiana University Bloomington (“The Place for Jewish Studies”) are available to students entering IU Bloomington and beginning as freshmen (bringing no more than 12 credit hours). One scholarship is intended for a student pursuing the Jewish sacred music curriculum.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and have a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment. Students committing to pursuing the major in Jewish Studies will be given priority over students who plan to pursue the certificate.
Deadline: All high school seniors submitting application by Monday, February 2, 2015 will be considered for all appropriate Jewish Studies scholarships. (Note: Students submitting completed applications to IU before November 1, 2014 will also automatically be considered for additional university-wide academic scholarships.)

Application Procedure: Please submit:

  1. Cover letter providing name, address, cell phone number, e-mail address, with a signed statement of commitment to pursue either the Jewish Studies major or certificate
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. A personal statement that addresses plans for academic work at IU and the specific way that a major or certificate in Jewish Studies will figure in the applicant’s undergraduate education and career plan
  4. A resume detailing extracurricular activities, awards, and honors
  5. Two letters of recommendation. (At least one of the two recommendations must come from a high school teacher well acquainted with the student’s academic strengths and should focus on the student’s academic abilities.) Students applying for an IU Selective Application Scholarship, by the deadline, need only mail the Borns Jewish Studies Program a personal statement (see 3 above) and a signed statement of commitment (see 1 above).

Mail, e-mail or FAX applications to:
Jewish Studies Freshmen Scholarship Competition, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 326, 1011 E. Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005, Phone (812) 855-0453, FAX (812) 855-4314; e-mail: Submission of transcripts and recommendations may be mailed or e-mailed directly to the Jewish Studies Program. 

Announcement of Scholarship Prizes: First round recipients: March 6, 2015; 2nd round recipients: May 2, 2015.

One of the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive, Jewish Studies programs, IU is “The Place for Jewish Studies”. To pursue Jewish Studies at IU is to be part of an unusually caring program of studies, committed to fostering academic achievement through rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and civilization. Nestled within a major research university, the program offers an intimate learning environment, with the type of personal attention normally associated with small liberal arts colleges. Our amazing faculty (teaching more than 50 courses per year) establish close connections with our students. Students engage in a wide array of extracurricular activities sponsored by the program and the Jewish Studies Student Association.

Scholarship recipients must become and remain full-time students and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA as majors or certificate students in Jewish Studies at IU Bloomington through the funded year/s. Students receiving four-year scholarships may use them, after their freshman year, toward a semester/year of study at Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, or Tel Aviv University in Israel, at predominantly Jewish Studies academic programs abroad; for IU sponsored or co-sponsored overseas study programs; or, for full-time, unpaid Jewish Studies-related internships away from IU.

Incoming scholarships are made available by Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns, Irving Glazer,
Herb and Bernice Levetown Scholarship, and Sybil and Lou Mervis.