The Leaders of Tomorrow Award for Young Women

A highly selective merit-based award for young women offering full tuition and airfare for a 2014 Young Judaea Summer Program of the applicant’s choice.  This award is for girls interested in becoming future leaders and are currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school.

Click here to apply.  Applications due by February 6, 2014.

Hadassah Need-based Scholarships for Young Judaea programs

These are the primary Young Judaea scholarships that Hadassah supports.  Scholarship amounts will be determined based on financial need.  Forms to apply for a scholarship will be available in January.  To access forms to apply for scholarships, click here

Community Sources

Jewish Federations, synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and other community organizations have provided numerous scholarships for Israel programs. Should you require financial assistance, we encourage you to seek out and contact these funding sources early, as deadlines do exist.

Plant Your Way

Plant Your Way allows students to raise money for their trips to Israel, and help Israel at the same time. The program is simple! Once registered for PYW, students ask their family and friends to make donations in support of JNF’s forestry projects in Israel. Half of all the funds raised will go towards JNF projects, and the other half is held in an account for the student to be used for their trip.  More information about Plant Your Way

The Jewish Federation

The Jewish Federation is HUGE and very helpful when it comes to Israel programs. To find contact information for your local Federation, check out and click on “Jewish Finder” at the top of the page. Please contact the Federation in your area for assistance.

Jewish National Fund’s “Plant Your Way to Israel” Program

You can raise money for a trip to Israel by asking family and friends to plant trees with JNF. Half of the proceeds of each donation ($36 minimum) will go towards planting a tree in Israel and the other half goes into a student account which can be redeemed for any trip to Israel.

Check out for more information.

Summer Camp

Some summer camps have scholarships or know of them for Israel programs.

Jewish Community Centers

Jewish Community Centers are always a good resource for scholarships, whether they have them or they know of private people who do. To find your local JCC (in North America), go to and click on “Find a JCC.”

Bureau of Jewish Education

Every city has a BJE and this is the most helpful resource. They ALL have funding for Israel programs. Consider going to the BJE where you currently live as well as past communities you have been a part of. Visit for more information.


Synagogues sometimes have money set aside for scholarships to send their congregants or professionals to Israel. Ask the Education Director or Rabbi; they may be able to point you to other community resources as well.

Israel Centers

Most of the time Israel Centers are connected to the Federations. Local Israel Centers are usually the most helpful in finding scholarships. They usually have an Israeli Shaliach (an Emissary from Israel) working full time to help people find ways to get to Israel. They also are the most knowledgeable on what scholarships are available and how to get them. They can pull strings and are usually more than willing to help.

Contact other Jewish and Israel-oriented organizations that you (or your parents) are associated with to find additional funding for your trip.

QUESTIONS? Please email We will respond to your questions within 72 hours (Shabbat and holidays excluded).


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