JVS Scholarship Program

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The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success.

In partnership with private donors, JVS administers a scholarship program to provide qualified Jewish students with need-based financial aid. Since the inception of the JVS Scholarship Program in 1972, JVS has awarded more than 4,200 scholarships totaling over $7.2 million. Today’s recipients are pursuing both undergraduate and graduate studies at colleges, universities and vocational schools nationwide.

We are committed to providing as much aid to qualified recipients as possible and encourage students to reapply each year they are in school, so that we may help them throughout their post-secondary education. Today’s recipients are pursuing studies at community colleges, four-year colleges, universities and graduate schools in California and across the country.

In the words of a scholarship recipient:

"I am honored to receive your generous gift and am grateful for the opportunities it will provide me. My parents didn’t go to college and I was never sure that a university education would even be possible. This scholarship is helping me realize my dream!"

Do You Need Help Paying for Your Education? Apply for a JVS Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.


  • Must be Jewish
  • Minimum age of 16 years
  • Permanent and legal resident of Los Angeles County - for a minimum of three years
  • U.S. citizen or documented legal permanent U.S. resident (green card)
  • Planning to attend an accredited public or private college, university or vocational school in the U.S.
  • Planning to enroll full-time (minimum 12 units per term)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA for undergraduate students and a minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate students for every semester or quarter enrolled.
  • Demonstrated and verifiable financial need including FAFSA (student aid report)

Completed 2016-17 applications and all supplemental materials, including official transcript and letter of recommendation, must be postmarked by March 15, 2016 (for renewal applicants) and March 31, 2016 (for new applicants). A complete list of required supplemental materials is available online. Any supplemental materials postmarked after March 15, 2016 will be NOT be considered.

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2016-2017 Applications and Instructions

Application Instructions   To apply for a JVS Scholarship, carefully read the following 6 instruction steps and then click on the application links at the bottom of the instructions to begin your application. STEP 1 Review... Details

Alumni Legacy Society

The JVS Scholarship Program supports Jewish undergraduate and graduate students attending schools and universities nationally. Since its founding in 1972, the JVS Scholarship Program has awarded over $7.2 million financially need-based... Details

Alumni Relations

JVS Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Jonathan Karp and Nan Kalish Goodman with their recipient Bryce Leafman. Alumni Relations   "JVS is, for many of us, the only way we could actually afford school. I was fortunate... Details

Donor Resource Materials

The JVS Scholarship Program team is pleased to present a list of resources you may find useful when soliciting support from friends and family.   New and Renewal Stats Scholarship Recipients Schools Attended Scholarship Student... Details

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

IMPORTANT - Please review the following questions and answers prior to contacting the JVS Scholarship Office, as you might find the answer to your question posted in this section. Q. Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or documented legal... Details

JVS Scholarship Awards 2015-2016 Statistics

At its Selection Meeting on June 11, 2015, the JVS Scholarship Committee awarded over $644,000 in scholarships to 199 local Jewish students with financial need. Awards ranged from $2,000 to $10,000. Since the inception of the JVS... Details

Other Scholarship Resources

The following websites offer free scholarship search assistance: http://www.collegeanswer.com/ http://www.Bestcolleges.com/ http://www.collegenet.com/ http://www.collegetoolkit.com/ http://www.fastweb.com/ http://www.scholarships.com... Details