Additional Financial Aid Sources for Students

Occasionally we come across outside scholarships and additional loan sources for which Hebrew College students may qualify. When we do, we will post them here, so be sure to check back every so often!

Applying for these outside funding sources is up to you, however, you are required to report any third-party scholarship and/or additional loan funding to our Financial Aid Office so that we can document it in your financial aid package.

Please note:

  • Any additional funding may decrease the amount of need-based grant you receive from Hebrew College for the academic year, in fairness to any other students who might not qualify for the same third-party aid.
  • Hebrew College does not guarantee or endorse the third-party funding sources listed here. Should you choose to apply for any of them, you accept full responsibility for the application process, contracts, fees, communications, and repayment plans, and cannot hold the College liable for them.

While you are researching scholarships and fellowships to supplement or replace federal loans, check out tax credits for higher education that might help offset your costs and assist your long-term financial planning!

External Scholarships & Fellowships

Here are just a few of the many scholarship search engines that are available online. Scroll down further to learn about specific scholarships current and past students have received.

Some of our students have also had success requesting modest financial support from their local Jewish federation, Hillel council, or synagogue!

Remember that you should never be charged a fee to search for a scholarship!

Please also remember that scholarship funding from external organizations may decrease the amount of need-based grant you receive from Hebrew College and the amount of loans for which you are eligible.

Deadline November 15, 2023: The Sinai Temple Israel Center Rabbinical School Fellowship

The Sinai Temple Israel Center Rabbinical School Fellowship engages first and second year Rabbinical school students across the denominations. Fellows will explore the question, “What is the meaning of a Jewish homeland?”

This will be accomplished through primary text and exposure to scholars in the field of Israeli history, thought leaders in the realm of Israel-Diaspora relations, and Rabbinic leaders in North America. Students will encounter an in depth study of the history of Israel and the theology of Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze, who call the country their home. The fellowship calendar and outline is:

1. Application due November 15 followed by Zoom interviews
2. Acceptances in December
3. Monthly Zoom seminars January-May 2024
4. Israel Mission at conclusion of semester, May 2024
5. Monthly Seminars September-December 2024
6. Attendance at JNF-USA Conference December 2024

$2500 stipend/student when requirements are met

Deadline November 28, 2023: Mandel Educational Leadership Program

The Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership is pleased to announce open applications for Cohort II (2024-2025) of the Educational Leadership Program. The Educational Leadership Program is an 18-month fellowship designed to deepen and broaden the impact of outstanding leaders in the field of Jewish education. Fellows sharpen their guiding educational visions, analyze the changing educational landscape and expand their leadership skills. We welcome applicants from a wide range of Jewish educational settings: day schools, youth groups, supplemental schools, college campuses, camps, JCCs, social justice organizations, farming or environmental organizations, federations and more. The Mandel Institute covers travel and program expenses. Candidates must reside in the U.S. or Canada. Applications are due November 28, 2023.

Deadline December 31, 2023: Sallie Mae $2,000 scholarship

For legal residents of the United States. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. See Official Rules.

  • A new winner is drawn each month
  • No essay
  • Takes less than 2 minutes to enter


Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation’s CM CARES Religious Scholars Program

CM CARES will award up to $62,500 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Twenty-five scholarship winners will each receive a $2,500 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school during the 2023-24 academic year. We encourage students of all faiths to apply.

Howard Steven Feffer Memorial Scholarship

The Howard Steven Feffer Memorial Scholarship is a lasting legacy given in loving memory of Howard Steven Feffer, who sadly passed away at the young age of 19 from a brain tumor in 1982. The $2,000 scholarship is funded by Howard’s sister Judith Feffer and it is administered by Lappin Foundation. Judith Feffer will make the final decision about the scholarship recipient. The scholarship is need-based and will be awarded annually to a Jewish student who:

  • Is of the Jewish faith.
  • Lives in Lappin Foundation’s North Shore service area or is a member of a temple in Lappin Foundation’s North Shore service area.
  • Is planning to attend a college, university, trade school or continuing education.
  • Is a student in good standing.

Recipients may request the continuation of the scholarship in years to follow if they maintain a 2.8 average.

JCCA Professional Development Scholarships

JCC Association’s Professional Development Scholarship Program is designed to help current, full-time JCC professionals deepen and enhance their professional knowledge to advance their career at a Jewish Community Center or Jewish Community Camp (JCC)

Launchpad Track of the Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship

Launchpad offers the benefits of The Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship to a small number of elite young professionals who have worked between 3 and 10 years post-college, and now seek to prepare themselves for high-level Jewish professional leadership positions. Applicants can be current professionals in Jewish careers or career-switchers who now seek to bring their skills from other professions into the Jewish professional world.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service and enrolling in the National Service Trust, you are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

Wexner Field Fellowship replaces Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program will end when its final class graduates in early 2025. The program will no longer launch new cohorts nor accept applications to this program.

Wexner is launching a new leadership initiative for talented emerging career professionals from across the spectrum of Jewish denominational and organizational life. This new initiative will complement its existing investment in more established Jewish professionals through the Wexner Field Fellowship (WFF). The Fellowship is now accepting applications; learn more and apply here.

Private (Not Federal) Student Loans:

MEFA Graduate Loans

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) loans are available to graduate students across the country attending an eligible college. MEFA graduate loans have fixed interest rates from 6.55% to 7.95% APR (may be subject to change) with multiple repayment options. By borrowing a loan with a fixed interest rate, you’ll ensure stable, predictable monthly payments for the life of the loan.

  • No origination fee
  • No application fee
  • No prepayment penalty “17 Best Private Student Loans”

Compare offers from multiple private lenders to find the lowest student loan interest rate — but only after you’ve exhausted all federal financial aid. “Best Personal Loan Rates for October 2023”

A list of loan options, servicers, and interest rates for international and/or U.S. residents; borrowers who have low or high credit history; borrowers who may need a cosigner, etc.

Have you received a scholarship or outside loan that you would recommend to fellow students? Please let our Financial Aid Office know and we will add it here!