BBYO makes every effort to award financial aid when circumstances require it. The vast majority of resources are dedicated to families with financial need, with a limited allocation based on merit. BBYO regional staff reviews each application in confidence and makes award decisions based on the information you provide in this application.
All families are strongly encouraged to check their local community agencies for scholarships in addition to those that may be provided by BBYO. Many organizations offer scholarships for Jewish educational and leadership experiences. These include JCCs, Federations, Synagogues and B’nai B’rith groups. Your regional office can provide you template letters to share with community agencies upon request. One Happy Camper is another great resource for scholarship funding. A first-time Jewish overnight camper could be eligible for up to $1,000! Every region has different rules so we are encouraging teens to see if they qualify by visiting OneHappyCamper.org. Please note, there are regional variations in eligibility criteria.
Summer scholarship applications must be submitted no later than January 22, 2019.
Many regions will have scholarship available on a rolling basis and applications will be accepted for as long as there is money available.
Application review begins January 22nd with priority given to those applications. Announcements are made by January 29, 2019. All applications received after January 22nd will be considered on a money-available basis.
Applicants should realize, however, that it is a mistake to view rolling scholarship as an excuse to put off applying.
Please note that all scholarship applications require submission of the first page of the parents’ most recent 1040 US Tax Form (or Canadian equivolent), showing Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Scholarship decisions cannot be made without the required tax information. Scholarship is limited and most scholarship awards range from $100-$800 (a full scholarship is never granted). Please make sure all social security numbers are blacked out.
For any additional scholarship questions, please contact your local BBYO professional. Contact information can be found on our website bbyo.org/locations.