Scholarship information for 5779 / 2018-19
Need-based scholarships are available from the following sources. If you will need scholarships to help pay for seminary, start exploring these options as soon as you apply to seminary. It often takes significant time to gather the information you'll need to apply for scholarships, and funds are distributed on a schedule, so starting early can help make sure you don't miss important deadlines. To donate to our scholarship fund, please click here.
- Your High School: Contact your Israel Guidance Counselor and/or your principal. Many schools have funds available.
- MASA: Apply here once you have decided to attend Midreshet Torah v'Avodah. Masa is waiting for government approval in order to open their 2018-19 applications. We will inform you when they get approval.
- Masa has a useful page with other funding sources here.
- Torah LeTzion: Apply at torahletzion.org Deadline is March 4
- NCSY: If you are involved in NCSY, please be in touch with your Regional Director.
- Your local synagogue: Many rabbis, synagogues, and community kollels have money set aside for Israel study. You won't find this scholarship listed on their website or in their brochures. Contact them directly.
- Federal Aid (FAFSA) through YU: Students attending Midreshet Torah v'Avodah as part of a Joint Program with Yeshiva University are eligible to apply for Federal Aid. In addition, students from NY and California may be eligible for additional State funding. Make sure to apply to the college with the help of your college guidance counselor and to complete the FAFSA (application for Federal aid).
- Bnei Akiva of the US and Canada/Midreshet Torah v'Avodah: Our scholarship funds are limited and are distributed to those who apply on time. Click here to download our scholarship application and email it to Mrs. Bini Dachs or mail them to our office. Our deadline is March 12. Make sure to read our conditions for scholarship below.
Midreshet Torah v'Avodah Scholarship Conditions:
Since our scholarship funds are so limited, we cannot offer funding to families who have the funds to pay for:
- ...Their daughters to make trips abroad during the year. Accepting a need-based scholarship and then paying for tickets to travel means that the funds Bnei Akiva is granting you for tuition are, in effect, being used for airline tickets instead.
- ...Chagim at hotels.
- ...Family vacations which involve air travel
A scholarship is a significant investment in you as a student and as a developing Jew, and therefore carries serious expectations that you will maximize your opportunities at Midreshet TVA. Since our scholarship resources are quite limited, our awarding a scholarship to you means that we have had to turn others away and that our Scholarship Committee is convinced that you will make the best use of your time at Midreshet TVA.
The scholarship will be awarded as follows:
- An amount for each semester, contingent on a performance review: At the end of the each semester, the Scholarship Committee will carefully review your performance up until that point, in order to confirm that you have met the standards of seriousness and high achievement described below. In the event that you have not, the scholarship will be retroactively revoked and you will be billed for the amount which had been granted to you as a scholarship.
- Please note that if a scholarship is revoked, academic transcripts will not be released until you are financially clear.
The Scholarship Committee has established the following standards and conditions to be used in its performance reviews for scholarship recipients. Failure to meet these conditions will result in revocation of your scholarship:
- Full participation in all shiurim, activities, tiyyulim and shabbatonim.
- Abiding by all school rules and regulations.
- Traveling abroad only for Journey to Poland.
- This scholarship is conditional on total confidentiality. Because many financial factors go into the committee's decisions, no two situations are really comparable. Sharing with others the figure you have received is likely to create bad feeling and misunderstanding.