Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


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The 2018 - 2019 FAFSA application deadline is on June 30, 2018.

The Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program awards five different scholarships. See below for information on each scholarship and how to apply:

Tuition Scholarships

Eight need-based scholarships of $1000 are awarded every academic year through CSUN’s Financial Aid Scholarship office.  All CSUN students are eligible who have taken or are currently enrolled in a Jewish Studies course (you do not need to be a JS Major or Minor) and who have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants agree to enroll in an additional Jewish Studies course in the year they receive the scholarship (fall or spring). Click here for current and upcoming courses. For information on how to apply to these scholarships, click here.

Achievement Awards

The Jewish Studies Minor Award ($350) and the Modern Jewish Studies Major Award ($500) are given yearly to the senior Jewish Studies Minor and the senior Major with the highest academic achievement overall and in the Program. The winner should either have completed the degree or be making good progress towards completion. An award committee consisting of JS faculty determines the winners.  Students who are recipients of CSUN Financial Aid receive this scholarship award directly to their CSUN Financial Account.

Internship Stipends

Students who complete the internship, offered twice yearly in the Service Learning in the Jewish Community (JS 390cs) course, are awarded a $1000 scholarship upon successful completion of the course.  Students who are recipients of CSUN Financial Aid receive this scholarship award directly to their CSUN Financial Account.  The course provides CSUN students with an opportunity for civic engagement and work experience in the non-profit social welfare and political action sector of the Los Angeles Jewish community. The course is open to upper-division students of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all Majors and Minors, with permission of the instructor. For more information on internship stipends, click here.

Travel Grants

Generous scholarships are given to support student attendance on the Jewish Studies Program's summer trips to Europe. These trips enable students to study European history, the Holocaust, and the memorialization of World War II; to experience life in contemporary Europe; and to engage with European students and adults.  We are now organizing our sixth trip (each previous trip had a different regional focus) providing an intellectual and reflective learning that integrates coursework (before, during, and after the trip) with first-hand experience and intercultural exchange. For information on the 2018 summer trip to Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, and Amsterdam, click here.

The Jewish Vocational Services Scholarship for Jewish Students

The Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) offers need-based scholarships for college and graduate school for Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County.  The online application period for the 2018-2019 academic year begins January 1, 2018, and closes March 31, 2018. Since 1972, Jewish Vocational Service has awarded over $8.5 million to more than 4,600 financially challenged Jewish students from Los Angeles pursuing higher education. For more information, you can visit