Jewish Residential Camp Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can anyone in IL apply for a scholarship?
A. Our scholarships are only available for residents of the Chicago Metropolitan area serviced by Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (that is, any of the following six counties: Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will).

Q. My son is 8 years old and will be going to his first summer of overnight camp for a 2-week session. Can I apply for a scholarship for him?
A. Eligible campers must in grades 3-10 (3rd graders must be turning 9 by the end of the current school year), and must be attending a camp session of 19 days or longer.

Q. Are your scholarships good for any Jewish overnight camp?
A. Our camp scholarships are only for the following eligible Midwest Jewish overnight camps: Agudah Midwest/B’nos Ma’arava, B’nai Brith Beber Camp, Camp Chi, Habonim Camp Tavor, Camp Moshava Wildrose, Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), Camp Ramah Wisconsin, Yeshivas HaKayitz, Camp Nageela Midwest and Camp Young Judaea Midwest. Please note that affiliated camps in other parts of the country are NOT eligible for our scholarships. Keep in mind, to be eligible, a camp must be not-for-profit, be located in the Midwest with strong ties to the Chicago area, have a Jewish educational component, and have a record of service to local residents.

Q. Where is the scholarship application? I can’t find it online anywhere.
A. The reason you can’t locate our scholarship application online anywhere is because it is not available online. Application for our camp scholarship program can only be made through an eligible camp. Each of the above-mentioned eligible camps has its own scholarship process and provides applications only to families who need more financial assistance than can be provided by the camp alone.

Q. How much can I expect to receive if I apply for a scholarship?
A. In general, our camp scholarships range from $250-$1,000 per camper. Keep in mind that our scholarship is based on financial-need. The limited Federation scholarship funds are intended to supplement rather than replace existing scholarships awarded by camps or congregations.

Q. Does my application need to be in your office by February 15th?
A. The camp scholarship applications that are to be sent back directly to Jewish Federation are due by February 15th. Keep in mind, that is, they just have to be postmarked or submitted electronically by February 15th. If you are applying through a camp that requires you to submit the application directly to the camp, please be sure to check with the camp office as to their earlier deadline.

Q. When will I hear about the scholarship award?
A. Final decisions on scholarship grants will be made by the Federation Academic Scholarship Committee. Federation staff will notify families and camps of the scholarship decisions by mail by early-May.

Q. What if I have more questions about your camp scholarships? How do I find out more information?
A. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at JewishCamp@juf.org.