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Scholarships & Grants

For more information, contact:
Dr. Natan Paradise
Associate Director of the Center for Jewish Studies
612-626-3149

Applications should be sent to the Center for Jewish Studies.

Spring semester 

Leo & Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Amount: $1,000

Support for full-time undergraduate students with academic promise and financial need, who are actively pursing a major or minor in Jewish studies.

Application deadline: April 1 (By Midnight)

Eligibility requirements

  • The recipient of the award shall be a full-time (at least 13 credits) student in CLA. Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota and continued enrollment for the 2018–2019 academic year
  • Pursuing a major or minor in Jewish Studies and continuing to pursue their Jewish Studies degree in the 2018–2019 academic year
  • Successfully completed at least one Jewish Studies course
  • High academic performance

Students may qualify for funds from this award for more than one year, as long as they are making good progress toward their degree in Jewish studies and continue in high academic standing.

Application requirements

Applicants are asked to submit the following to the Center for Jewish Studies no later than April 2018:

  • A letter of application, maximum 2 pages, stating the importance of Jewish studies in your undergraduate education and your future goals
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members. One letter must be from a professor with whom you took a Jewish studies course. Please request that your professors send their letters to the Center for Jewish Studies.

Goldenberg Prize for Outstanding Essays in Jewish Studies

Amount: $500

Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota are invited to submit a research paper in the field of Jewish studies. The paper may investigate any time period, from antiquity to the present day.

Application deadline: April 1 (By Midnight)

Application requirements

Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and include a cover sheet stating:

Name
Address, phone number, and e-mail address
Undergraduate major
Academic standing (e.g., freshman, sophomore)
The title of the paper

Eligibility: undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time (at least 13 credits) for the 2018–2019 academic year. Graduate students must also be enrolled full-time. All applicants must be in high academic standing.

Send your research paper to the Center for Jewish Studies

Jonathan Paradise Modern Hebrew Study Prize

Amount: $1,000

The Center for Jewish Studies will award at least one prize for the 2018–2019 academic year to an undergraduate student who will be enrolled in Hebrew 5090 Advanced Modern Hebrew. The Professor Jonathan Paradise Fund for Modern Hebrew Language was established to encourage the advanced study of modern Hebrew.

Application deadline: April 1 (By Midnight)

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be in good academic standing
  • No less than a 3.5 GPA or its equivalent
  • A 3.8 GPA in modern Hebrew
  • Must have completed, or have in progress, the prerequisite to enroll in HEBR 5090 (Advanced Modern Hebrew), provide evidence of enrollment in 5090 by May 15, 2018, and provide transcript evidence of completion by January 15, 2019. The award will be disbursed so as to apply to spring 2019 tuition.

Application requirements

  • Submit unofficial transcript of all college work to the Center for Jewish Studies
  • Write and send a one-page essay detailing their interest in modern Hebrew
    • Include reasons for your desire to continue your Hebrew studies
    • Please provide specific examples to illustrate your points