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Summer Scholarship

We believe every teen deserves the opportunity to participate in USY summer travel regardless of financial restrictions. Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding.* 

*Other than International USY scholarships, all organizations/opportunities listed below have no connection to USY and we therefore can not grantee the accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility. We advise families to seek financial assistance early in the application process, as all scholarship granting agencies have deadlines and limited funds.

USY Scholarships

We offer need-based scholarships on the regional level through the International USY office. To apply, register for a trip (including a deposit), check the box on the application indicating your interest in learning more about scholarships and apply by the deadline. We will be in touch once the scholarship application process opens, typically in December.

Community Scholarships

Many communities offer funds through their local Jewish Federation or other foundations for for teens in their area to travel.  USY Summer Experience trips meet the criteria to qualify for many of these.  See list of community scholarships.

Other Scholarships

  • Your congregation – synagogues often set aside funds specifically to help local teens participate in programs.  Call your congregation’s office to see what opportunities they have available.
  • Jewish organizations – several Jewish organizations have scholarships available. Here are some to explore:
  • One Happy Camper – If your child will be participating in USY on Wheels as their first-ever immersive Jewish overnight summer experience, they may be eligible to recieve up to a $1,000 One Happy Camper grant. Contact the organization regarding eligibilty requirements and grant availability.

Know of a scholarship not listed? Email [email protected] with information and we will add to our list.

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