1) Who is eligible?
Campers must be between the ages of 5 and 19 years old June 15th of the current camp season. Campers must live in one of Jewish Federation’s five counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia. Campers must identify as Jewish.
2) For which summer camps and programs can my child receive a scholarship? (please use the same hyperlinks thar are currently embedded in orange).
Jewish Federation only offers scholarships to
camps and programs that are approved by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and appear on their
list of camps.
Jewish Federation only offers scholarships to day camps that are on the Jewish Federation
approved list of day damps.
Jewish Federation only funds domestic camp programs with our Need-Based Scholarship program. If your child is planning to go to Israel, they may be eligible for one of the Jewish Federation's Israel grants, which you can apply
3) Do campers have to attend camp for a certain amount of time to be eligible?
Yes. Overnight campers need to attend for at least 19 consecutive days and day campers need to attend for at least 15 days (which may be nonconsecutive).
4) How do I get my funds?
Scholarship money is not sent to families. Rather it is remitted directly to the camps who apply the scholarship amount against the camper’s bill.
5) What is the maxium scholarship that each camper can receive?
Eligible campers can receive between 10 and 30% of the cost of camp, dependent upon the financial information provided by the family. The cost of camp for each camper will be verified directly with the camp.
6) Why do you need my financial information?
Given the limited amount of funds at Jewish Federation’s disposal, we use a family’s tax return to help us determine need for scholarship. Families must submit the most recent tax return (2016 or 2017). Please only submit the first two pages of the 1040 tax form (line 1 through line 79).
7) Can a single campler receive both a need-based scholarship money and a One Happy Camper grant in the samp camp session?
No. A single camper may only receive either a need-based scholarship or a One Happy Camper grant. If you are the parent of a first-time camper, please click here to go our One Happy Camper page to see if you are eligible for that funding first: https://www.jewishphilly.org/programs-services/jewish-camping/one-happy-camper
8) I have not yet registered for camp. May I apply for a scholarship?
All applicants must be registered for camp by the application deadline. We cannot process the applicantion of any camper who has not registered for camp.
9) I have received a scholarship from you, but now we have decided to send my child toa different camp. Can I transfer the funds my child received to the new camp?
If we are notified by May 15th, before the camp session begins, of a change in camps, we will do our best to transfer your award to the new camp.
10) My plans have changed and the total cost of camp has either increased or decrease. Will the size of my award change?
Once awards have been determined, we cannot increase the award, even if the cost of camp increases. If the cost of camp decreases, the award to the camp will decrease.
11) I missed the scholarship award deadline. What do I do?
Unfortunately, we cannot process late applications because our award calculations are contingent on the total number of applications that we receive by our deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list tp be processed ONLY if more funds become available.
12) When will I hear if I have received a scholarship?
Scholarship forms will not be processed until our deadlines close (03/02/18 for overnight camp and 04/02/18 for day camp). At that point we will review all applications and we expect to notify parents and camps of our decisions by late April for overnight camp and May for day camp. Thank you for your patience.
13) My child is going to Israel with a camp program. Are they eligible for a camp scholarship?
Unfortunately we only fund domestic camp programs from our list of approved camps. That said, your child may be eligible for one of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Israel grants which you can apply to here: https://jewishphilly.org/need-help/direct-services/jewish-life-and-learning/scholarships/israel-program-scholarships/