Annual Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

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2019 Application Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019

 

The Norbert and Gretel B. Bloch Endowed Scholarship Fund in Jewish Studies

A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student engaged in Jewish Studies who will coordinate a program that will enhance awareness of topics relevant to Jewish life, culture, or history. The student will receive a program budget and will collaborate with Melton Center staff to plan, publicize and carry out the program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate at Ohio State and continued enrollment for the following year
  • Successful completion of at least one Jewish Studies course (e.g., Hebrew, Yiddish, or any other course with a Jewish Studies topic)
  • Must be willing to commit time to help plan, publicize and carry out programming in conjunction with Melton Center staff.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form. Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019
  • A copy of an Advising Report
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. Electronic letters of recommendation are acceptable (email to fireman.2@osu.edu)
  • A one-page proposal for a program or programming to enhance awareness of topics relevant to Jewish life, culture, or history

The Ellen E. and Victor J. Cohn Education Abroad Scholarship Fund for Study at Hebrew University

Generous financial support is available for study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Preference will be given to students attending Hebrew University for the entire academic year. The award is contingent on acceptance to the Hebrew University and Ohio State approval of student travel to Israel.

Up to $5000 is available each academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • A copy of an Advising Report
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. Electronic letters of recommendation are acceptable (email to fireman.2@osu.edu)
  • Please submit a statement (250-400 words) explaining how you expect study at Hebrew University to enhance your academic career.
  • A copy of the acceptance letter from Hebrew University
  • DEADLINES: DEC. 1, 2018 for spring semester 2019, and FEB. 25, 2019 for summer or fall of 2019.

Click on "Education Abroad" on the sidebar for more information about other study abroad scholarships available.

 

The Morris and Fannie Skilken Family Foundation Endowment Fund Scholarship for Yiddish and Ashkenazi Studies

Generous financial support is available for deserving undergraduate students who study Hebrew, Yiddish and Ashkenazi Studies, or Jewish Studies.

Up to $2000 is available per academic year for up to THREE students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.3 overal GPA
  • Recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic performance and commitment to the goals of Jewish Studies scholarship.
  • Current enrollment as an undergraduate at Ohio State and continued enrollment for the following year
  • Major or minor in Hebrew, Yiddish, or Jewish Studies
  • Must have completed one course in Yiddish or another area of Jewish Studies

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form. Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019.
  • A copy of an Advising Report
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. Electronic letters of recommendation are acceptable (email to fireman.2@osu.edu)
  • Please submit a statement (250-400 words) explaining the award's relevance to your academic, professional, and personal goals.

The Reva and Sanford Lipson Student Support Fund

The Lipson scholarship provides generous financial support for deserving students studying or researching the history and culture of the Jewish people.

Up to $2,500 can be awarded to TWO students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current enrollment as an undergraduate at Ohio State and continued enrollment for the following year
  • Successful completion of one Jewish Studies course (e.g., Hebrew, Yiddish, or any other course with a Jewish Studies topic). Preference given to students who major or minor in Jewish Studies, Jewish Oral History, Hebrew, or Yiddish. 

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form. Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019.
  • A copy of an Advising Report
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. Electronic letters of recommendation are acceptable (email to fireman.2@osu.edu)
  • Please submit a statement (250-400 words) explaining the award's relevance to your academic, professional, and personal goals.

The Charlotte Susan Roth Memorial Fund Essay Contest

Essay topics can include any aspect of Jewish Studies (Bible, language, literature, history, philosophy, sociology, culture of Israel, rabbinics, etc.)  Open to any currently enrolled undergraduate student who has written a paper on a topic related to Jewish Studies from autumn semester to spring semester. There are first and second cash prizes ($1,000 and $750, respectively).

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at Ohio State

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form. Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019.
  • A copy of an Advising Report
  • One essay of no fewer than 1500 words. Bibliography and footnoting of research materials are required. Essay may be a revision of a paper initially written for a course. Your name and/or course information must not appear on your essay, so the committee may score your essay without knowing who it belongs to.
  • Please submit essay in PDF format via the "browse" function on the application form. Your name must NOT appear on your essay. We will match your essay with your application submission.

George and Emily Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Insitutue

Financial support will be given to two students who wish to attend the summer program at the Vilnius Yiddish Summer Institute in Lithuania. Up to $3000 is available for up to TWO students. Award given to undergraduate and graduate students.

Eligibility Requirements:

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Detailed budget including program expenses and travel, including the dollar amount you are are able to contribute.
  • A copy of an Advising Report
  • A copy of your acceptance letter to Vilnius Summer Institute
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Electronic letters of recommendation are acceptable (email to fireman.2@osu.edu)
  • Please submit a statement (250-400 words) explaining how you expect study at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute to enhance your academic career, and plans for how the program would be beneficial to you in the future.
  • ​DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 25, 2019

Click on "Education Abroad" on the sidebar for more information about scholarships.

 

The Leah Metchnick Godofsky and Martin R. Godofsky Scholarship of the Columbus Jewish Foundation in memory of Clara U. and Abraham Mayer Metchnick

Upon consultation with the faculty, the Student Awards Committee of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University will award $500 annually to one deserving undergraduate student who is enrolled in courses of Jewish study at the university level. This award is nominated by faculty and does not require an application.

For more information, contact Lori Botnick Fireman, fireman.2@osu.edu.

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