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FEREP Application Process

Are you interested in applying for the FEREP Graduate Scholarship Program? Read this section for information on how the process works and what you need to do.
Step 1: Read through this website and familiarize yourself with the FEREP Program and Jewish Federation system. Determine that this is of interest to you.
Step 2: Make sure you meet our eligibility requirements.
Step 3: Complete and return an application via e-mail to:
A completed application includes the following:

  • Scholarship Application Form
  • Essay Statements
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Transcripts
  • Resumé (optional)
  • Current digital photo (optional)

    Application Form.  The FEREP Application is a separate from and in addition to your application(s) to graduate school.  We understand that you may not know if you are accepted to your graduate program before you submit a FEREP application as deadlines may overlap. You may go ahead and submit a FEREP application without knowing whether you have been accepted. Do keep in mind, however, that no scholarship will be awarded before you can confirm your acceptance to your chosen program. 
    Essay Statements.  The FEREP Selection Committee will carefully consider both your ability to communicate well and the content of your essays in the selection process. Your essay statements will provide the Selection Committee with an example of your writing skills, your ability to conceptualize, your understanding of the Jewish Federation field, and your specific career goals. The essays should each be no more than 500 words in length.
    References. The Reference Request Form should be given to three individuals who can comment on your character, your academic work and other professional or volunteer experiences. It is your responsibility to give the form to those whom you have listed as references in your application and to make sure forms are submitted on time.
    Transcripts.  Please ask for official transcripts from your undergraduate and (if applicable) your graduate institution.

          Submission. References and transcripts can be sent directly to:

           FEREP Scholarship Program
           Attn: Rachel Shanken
           The Jewish Federations of North America
           25 Broadway, 17th floor
           New York, NY 10004-1010

Finalists' Federation Visit, Orientation and Interviews

It is very important that as a FEREP candidate, you gain a more in-depth understanding of Federation. Therefore, if you advance to the Finalist round, we will arrange a visit and orientation with your local Federation. The purpose of the orientation is to provide you with further information about Federations, including:

  • The structure, function, and goals of Federation
  • The role of the professional
  • The role of the volunteer, board, lay person, etc.

Your visit also provides the FEREP Program with a second opportunity to asses your candidacy.

The FEREP Selection Committee will review all applications and identify Finalists who will be invited to The Jewish Federations of North America offices in New York City in April to participate in the final interview process.  Applicants will know if they have been invited to the finalist stage within approximately five weeks of the application deadline. Finalists will be notified within one week of the interview process as to whether they have been awarded a scholarship.




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