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    The March 1 deadline for this year’s Jewish Federation of Omaha scholarship applications is fast approaching!  Thanks to the generosity of our community, a variety of funding sources are available to Omaha’s Jewish families to help with the financial burden of residential camp, JCC summer camp, Israel programs, the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center, Friedel Jewish Academy, and youth group activities.  Assistance is also available for undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, professional or yeshiva studies.

    Grant programs, funded by the Jewish Federation of Omaha, are available to any Omaha Jewish family meeting the program requirements, regardless of the family’s financial situation.

    Jewish Experience Grants provide up to $2,000 for Jewish children in the metro area to attend a residential summer camp. Grants are paid over two years with no more than $1,000 per summer.

    Israel Experience Grants provide up to $1,500 to students in grades 9–12 or young adults aged 18–25 for an Israel peer program. An additional stipend of $1,000 is provided for the bi-annual community teen trip to Israel.

    Scholarships, awarded by the Financial Aid Committee of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, are funded by a number of endowments established through the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, outside entities, and through the Federation’s Annual Campaign. Scholarships are available for JCC summer camp, residential Jewish summer camp, Israel peer programs, Friedel Jewish Academy, the Child Development Center, and youth group programs. Jewish students, who are residents of the Omaha metropolitan area, can apply for scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, professional or yeshiva studies. While the majority of scholarships are based on financial need, some college scholarships are merit-based.

    The revised 2021 Scholarship and Grants booklet and applications are available on the Jewish Federation of Omaha website. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 1, 2021.

    We would like to highlight a few new funds:

    Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation has provided funding for need-based scholarships for Omaha area Jewish youth to attend Jewish residential summer camp for summer 2021.

    Randy and Marvin Gilman Scholarship is designated for a Jewish student in need of financial assistance at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Mr. Gilman’s alma mater.  Sadly, Mr. Gilman passed away earlier this year, but he generously provided a bequest to fund scholarship awards for the next three years.

    Stanley & Barbara Malashock Camp Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to enable Jewish youth under the age of 18 residing in the Omaha metropolitan area to attend Jewish summer camps. Preference shall be given to children with learning disabilities or other developmental challenges. Secondary preference shall be financial need.

    Carl & Zoë Riekes Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to enable Jewish youth from families residing in the Omaha metropolitan area who are in need of financial assistance to attend the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center. Should the funding not be needed for the CDC, it shall be available for need-based financial assistance for Omaha metro Jewish youth to attend Jewish residential summer camp or to take organized trips to Israel.

    Several scholarships outlined in the 2021 Scholarship and Grants booklet are outside the realm of the Financial Aid Committee.  These include Sokolof Honor Roll scholarships, Fellman/Kooper scholarships, A.A. and Ethel Yossem scholarships for Creighton University and the Bennett G. Hornstein Endowment Fund.

    Omaha’s Jewish families are encouraged to take advantage of these funding opportunities. All financial information is kept completely confidential. For any questions, please call Diane Walker at 402.334.6551 or via email at dwalker@jew ishomaha.org.