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Camp Judaea Financial Aid Information — Apply Now

Dear Camp Judaea Families,

We have put together a list of potential grant and financial aid opportunities available to our families for summer 2015. We hope it will assist you in process of finding financial aid.

CAMP JUDAEA CAMPERS:  Camp Judaea offers a limited amount of need based scholarship to registered 2015 families on a payment plan.   The application is online at http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx.  Deadline: March 31, 2015

Camp Judaea and Young Judaea continue to have an improved scholarship process this year. This process is intended to make it easier for our families and help the scholarship committee understand a clearer picture of individual families’ needs. You will only need to fill out one application per family, and that application will cover all participants in ANY Young Judaea program (Camp Judaea, Israel Programs, Tel Yehudah). Private School Aid Service (PSAS) will be administering the application and providing the scholarship committee with an assessment of a family’s financial situation. There is an application fee of $25. This application fee need only be paid once per family and will apply to all Young Judaea programs (if you have a child attending CJ and another at TY/Yearcourse/Machon, the same fee covers all the applications).

For questions or concerns in filling out and submitting the online application, please contact Nolan Gardner at (440)892-4272, ext 230 or online@psas.org.  For questions or concerns once the online application has been submitted to PSAS, please contact Rebecca Steffan at (440) 892-4272, ext 227 or rsteffan@psas.org or alternatively contact Jennifer Biven at (440) 892-4272, ext 225 or jbiven@psas.org.

Hadassah also offers limited scholarships as well. The Hadassah scholarship committee will consider the same application form that is submitted for the Camp Judaea and Young Judaea scholarships. To apply for a Hadassah Scholarship, please visit http://www.psas.org/CJUD.aspx and indicate on the form that you are a Hadassah member. To be eligible for a Hadassah scholarship, you must be a member of Hadassah. Deadline Feb 2, 2015.  If you have any questions about this process, please call 404.634.7883 or email info@campjudaea.org.

ATLANTA, GA RESIDENTS:  Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Camp Scholarship Program: helps families in metro Atlanta with the cost of camp tuition. Camp scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded by the Federation Camp Scholarship Committee as a part of an anonymous review and allocation process. All applications and inquiries are confidential. The camp scholarship program is funded through the generosity of individual donors, grants from charitable foundations, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Annual Campaign.  For more information, please carefully read the Eligibility Guidelines and Information PDF.  Then complete the online application and provide your 2014 or most current federal tax documents no later than January 30, 2015.  Apply now!  There is no limit to number of children in a family who can apply for a scholarship.  Once you start your online application, you have 30 days to complete and submit the form.  Applicants will be notified in early April of scholarship awards.

Atlanta One Happy Camper grants: First-time overnight campers living in metro Atlanta can apply to receive up to $1000 off their first summer at camp through the Greater Atlanta Jewish Federation. Grants are first come, first served and are NOT based on financial need. Jewish day school students are not eligible for One Happy Camper grants.  Understand eligibility and apply for a One Happy Camper grant today.

Second-Year Atlanta One Happy Camper incentive grant: Atlanta campers who received a One Happy Camper grant during summer 2014 may be eligible to receive a Second-Year One Happy Camper incentive grant up to $500.  To apply for the second-year grant, complete the One Happy Camper application which includes questions that will determine your eligibility for the second-year program.

MIAMI – DADE, FL RESIDENTS:  The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has need-based scholarships available. The application is currently available and can be accessed here. The deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015. Please apply early! To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live in Miami-Dade County. Families must demonstrate financial need and submit, in addition to an application, the appropriate paperwork and verification of acceptance of the child in one of the camps eligible for funding.  For more information, contact Flora Akselrad at 786.866.8498 or fakselrad@gmjf.org. Again… please apply early!

PALM BEACH COUNTY and MARTIN COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County provides up to $1,500 in camp scholarship for children who demonstrate financial need (for up to a maximum of 3 summers).  The application can be found here. The application deadline is January 16th, 2015. Call 561-615-4939 or email  wendy.stahl@jewishpalmbeach.org for more information.

BROWARD COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jeanette and Abe Sonenshein Jewish Sleep Away Camp Scholarship Fund is available through CAJE-Broward.  Please call 954-660-2077 to obtain an application and find out more more about this scholarship. There have been no 2015 details released online yet.

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS or TENNESEE RESIDENTS:  The Jewish Children’s Regional Services has camp scholarship aid available to many families throughout the South. Please visit http://www.jcrs.org/services/camp-scholarship-aid/ for more information and to complete the application. The deadline is February 15, 2015. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please contact Janice Zazulak, Camp Scholarship Coordinator, at (504) 828-6334.

LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA and northwest FLORIDA RESIDENTS:  The Goldring Jewish Summer Camp Experience  offers one-time grants of $1000 to first-time campers. The application is currently available here. For more information, call Ellen Abrams at (504) 524-4559 or email ellen@jefno.org.  The deadline is March 15, 2015.

PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTY, FL RESIDENTS:  The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco County and the Covenant Fund are offering need-based camp scholarships for the 2015 camping season. Application details are currently available.  The deadline is January 17, 2015. For more information, please call the Federation office at 727-530-3223.

BIRMINGHAM, AL RESIDENTS:  The Birmingham Jewish Federation offers limited need-based camp scholarships. To apply, contact Collat Jewish Family Services at 205-879-3438.

GREENSBORO, NC RESIDENTS:  The Greensboro Jewish Federation offers need-based camp scholarships and One Happy Camper grants. Applications are available here and the deadline is February 28th, 2014. For more information, please contact Rachel Wolf or Betsy Gamburg, Jewish Family Services Director at  336-852-4829 ext. 225 .

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS:  The WNC Jewish Federation offers need-based financial aid. Please visit http://www.jewishasheville.org/Camp-Info.html for the application and more information. The deadline is Monday, February 19, 2015. Please apply soon. For more information, please email administrator@JewishAsheville.org.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:  Please check with your local synagogues and Federations for opportunities that may be available to your family. As a reminder, this year One Happy Camper grants are generally offered only through PJ Library and specific local Jewish Federations.

If you know of any opportunities that are available, but not listed here, please email Tom Rosenberg at tomr@campjudaea.org.

Reminder: Most granting agencies that award funds on a needs basis want to know that families have made arrangements with Camp Judaea to cover a portion of the tuition prior to applying for scholarship. If you have not already, please ensure that you have a payment plan with camp that covers a good portion of your balance. When applying for assistance, agencies will want to know that you have approached multiple sources for assistance. Besides the places below, synagogues and Jewish Family Services are also good places to try. We understand this process can be confusing and frustrating at times. We would like this process to be as easy as possible. If you have questions regarding the scholarship process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 404-634-7883 or info@campjudaea.org.

PLEASE SUPPORT CAMP JUDAEA SCHOLARSHIPS

Please consider supporting Camp Judaea Scholarships.  You can donate here or contact us at 404-634-7883 or info@campjudaea.org.