Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


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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).  After you apply for Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 academic year, you may apply for this scholarship until May 10, 2020.  Go to the “Sign In” button on the upper right of the screen and log in and apply. The system will prompt you to complete a general application and then you will have access to apply to your scholarship.  

Travel Grants

Generous scholarships are awarded 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.

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.

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. Since 1972, Jewish Vocational Service has awarded over $9.2 million to more than 4,900 financially challenged Jewish students from Los Angeles pursuing higher education. More information is available at

The online application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available on January 1, 2020.