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FEREP Community-Designated Scholarships

The FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program is designed to be national in scope—its aim is to provide the entire Federation system with a cohort of enthusiastic, committed and well-trained individuals to begin professional work in Federations across the U.S. and Canada. Among the FEREP scholarships that are awarded each year are certain FEREP scholarships offered by a particular community. These are called "community-designated scholarships.” For these designated scholarships, the recipient commits in advance to work and live in that particular community upon completion of their graduate studies and fulfill their FEREP work commitment there. So, while all FEREP recipients make a commitment to the Federation field, recipients of the designated scholarships know from the outset that they are also making a commitment to a particular community.

Candidates may apply for more than one community-designated scholarship if they wish. When award decisions are made in March by the Selection Committee, candidates for community-designated scholarships must first be selected as FEREPs and then considered for community-designated scholarships. If a candidate is offered a community-designated FEREP scholarship and does not accept it, he or she is not guaranteed a non-designated FEREP scholarship.

We encourage all candidates who would like to be considered for a community-designated FEREP Scholarship to familiarize themselves with that Federation and community. To learn more about these communities, please contact us.

Examples of Community-Designated Scholarships

The Ernest W. Michel Fellowship Program (New York)

This fellowship was established in honor of Ernest W. Michel, Executive Vice President Emeritus of UJA-Federation of New York, to fund professional training for exceptionally promising graduate students preparing for a career in Federation work. Funded by UJA-Federation of New York, the Michel Fellowship sponsors one FEREP scholarship of up to $40,000. By accepting a Michel Fellowship, the recipient agrees to complete his/her FEREP commitment by interning at UJA-Federation of New York during graduate school and working for a minimum of two years at UJA-Federation, which has offices based in New York City, Westchester and Long Island.  To learn more about UJA-Federation of New York, please visit www.ujafedny.org.

Internship Requirements

  • Students must have both a planning and financial resource development assignment.
  • Students receiving the scholarship in their first year of school will be required to spend one year in fundraising and one year in planning. Twelve hours per week is the minimum requirement each year.
  • Students receiving scholarships in their second year of school will have a split assignment between fundraising and planning departments in order to acquire a broad range of skills, and will have a three-days-per-week internship.
  • Students pursuing a Non-Clinical Social Work degree will spend their first year in a clinical placement with a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency. They will spend their second year interning 20 hours per week, with a split assignment between fundraising and planning.
  • UJA-Federation recognizes the importance of the pre-professional intersnship experience and if possible, encourages students to arrange their schedules to allow for maximum engagement.

The Lowenstein Fellowship (New Jersey)

Funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, the Lowenstein Fellowship awards one FEREP scholarship of up to $40,000 over two years. The recipient of a Lowenstein Fellowship agrees to complete his/her FEREP work commitment at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey. The specific internship requirements are determined depending on where the FEREP student is in school.  he JFNA Mandel Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest will work with the FEREP student to meet the general internship requirements. To learn more about the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, please visit www.jfedgmw.org.

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation Fellowship (Miami)

Funded by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, The Miami Fellowship awards one FEREP scholarship of up to $40,000. The recipient of the Fellowship agrees to complete his/her FEREP work commitment at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The specific internship requirements are determined depending on where the FEREP student is in school. The JFNA Mandel Center and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will work with the FEREP student to meet the general internship requirements. To learn more about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, please visit www.jewishmiami.org.

 

 

 

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