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 child is 8 years old and will be going to their first summer of overnight camp for a 2-week session. Can I apply for a scholarship for them?
A. Eligible campers must in grades 3-11 (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, Beber Camp, Camp Chi, Chavayah for Girls, Habonim Dror Camp Tavor, Moshava Wildrose, Nageela Midwest, Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), Ramah in Wisconsin, Yeshivas Hakayitz, and Young Judaea Midwest. Please note that affiliated camps in other parts of the country are NOT eligible for our scholarships. 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 from JUF directly. Applications for our camp scholarships can only be accessed 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-$1,800 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 synagogues.

Q. Does my application need to be in by February 15th?
A. The camp scholarship applications are due by end-of-day on February 15th. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS!

Q. When will I hear about the scholarship award?
A. Final decisions on scholarship grants will be made by the Federation Scholarship Committee. Federation staff will notify families and camps of the scholarship decisions via FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment and via email by mid-April.

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