Central Scholarship Funds Available for Jewish Students


It’s time for students to apply for scholarships available for the 2019-2020 school year through Owings-Mills-based Central Scholarship. The organization was launched in 1924 as the Central Scholarship Bureau from funds left for needy Jewish students seeking vocational or academic training after the Hebrew Orphan Asylum closed.

Ninety-five years later, the organization awards $1 million in scholarships to Marylanders annually for college tuition and career training. Scholarship programs available for 2019-2020 include awards of up to $5,000 from the Charles Crane Foundation for students pursuing full-time undergraduate or graduate Jewish Studies in the United States and Israel; Jewish Community Services scholarships for high school seniors planning to attend a U.S. college or university, including students from single-parent homes and students with diagnosed learning disabilities; and the Lessans Family Scholarships for graduating high school seniors with financial need planning to attend a U.S. college or university.

“In addition to the JCS, Lessans, and Crane programs, Jewish students are considered for any of the many other scholarship programs they are qualified for,” said Kayla Bettenhauser, Central Scholarship program manager. “In 2018, Jewish students made up about 25 percent of our total recipients. The JCS, Lessans, and Crane programs awarded a total of approximately $137,000 to about 45 students.”

The deadline for application is April 1. For more information, eligibility criteria and to apply for scholarships and interest-free loans, visit central-scholarship.org.


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