Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Scholarship Program 2019, USA

Indiana University Bloomington


January 17, 2019


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Multiple Scholarships of up $40,000 ($10,000/year for 4 years)
for Incoming Freshmen Entering in Fall 2019

Application Deadline:  Thursday, January 17, 2019 

There are few places that offer the range of intellectual, cultural, social, and professional opportunities in Jewish Studies that IU can.

Multiple incoming freshmen scholarships of up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year) for students committed to pursuing a Jewish Studies major at Indiana University Bloomington.

One scholarship of up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year) is intended for a student pursuing the Jewish sacred music curriculum either as a Jewish Studies major in the College of Arts & Sciences or as a Vocal Performance major in the Jacobs School of Music.

Additional 1 year scholarships will also be awarded to Jewish Studies majors and certificate (8 courses) students, with majors receiving priority.

All Jewish Studies major, certificate, minor, and Hebrew minor students after their freshmen year, may apply annually for additional Jewish Studies scholarships.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment.

*Students who plan to major outside the College of Arts & Sciences - in Business, Education, Informatics, SPEA, or Public Health cannot complete the Jewish Studies major nor certificate and thus are not eligible for these incoming freshman scholarships. All undergraduates on the Bloomington campus are eligible to pursue the Jewish Studies minor, but Jewish Studies minors are not eligible for these incoming freshmen scholarships.Students planning to take a gap year in 2019-2020 should wait until fall 2020 to apply for these scholarships.

Deadline: Thurssday, January 17, 2019 (Note: Students applying to IU before November 1, 2018 will be considered for IU selective scholarships).

Application Procedure: Please submit:

  1. Cover letter providing name, address, cell phone number, email address, with a signed statement of commitment to pursue either the Jewish Studies major or the certificate. Please select one. Only students pursing the major will be considered for four-year scholarships.
  2. Official high school transcript may be emailed, or mailed directly from your high school
  3. A personal statement that addresses plans for academic work at IU and the specific way that a major or certificate in Jewish Studies will figure in your undergraduate education and career plan
  4. A resume detailing extracurricular activities, awards, and honors
  5. Two letters of recommendation, both from high school teachers well acquainted with your academic strengths and abilities

Students applying for an IU Selective Application Scholarship need only mail the Borns Jewish Studies Program a personal statement (see 3 above) and a signed statement of commitment (see 1 above), and let us know you have applied for the Selective Scholarships – email:

Mail or e-mail applications to: Jewish Studies Freshmen Scholarship Competition, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Global & International Studies Building, 355 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1105, Phone (812) 855-0453; e-mail Submission of transcripts and recommendations may be mailed or e-mailed directly to the Jewish Studies Program. 

Announcement of Scholarship Prizes: First round recipients: March 7, 2019; 2nd round recipients: May 2, 2019.

One of the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive, Jewish Studies programs, IU is “The Place for Jewish Studies”. To pursue Jewish Studies at IU is to be part of an unusually caring program of studies, committed to fostering academic achievement through rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and civilization. Nestled within a major research university, the program offers an intimate learning environment, with the type of personal attention normally associated with small liberal arts colleges. Our amazing faculty (teaching more than 50 courses per year) establish close connections with our students. Students engage in a wide array of extracurricular activities sponsored by the program and the Jewish Studies Student Association.

Scholarship recipients must become and remain full-time students and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA as majors or certificate students in Jewish Studies at IU Bloomington through the funded year/s. Students receiving four-year scholarships must remain JS majors and may use this funding, after their freshman year, toward a semester/year of study at Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, or Tel Aviv University in Israel, at predominantly Jewish Studies academic programs abroad; for IU sponsored or co-sponsored overseas study programs; or, for full-time, unpaid Jewish Studies-related internships away from IU.

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September 04, 2018
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