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Scholarships

Note that applications for the 2020-2021 academic year have closed. The UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program is proud to announce four scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year: Christopher Bendrell-Versteeg, Ellianna Bretches, Taylor Joyner, and Nathalie Ross.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year close on April 16, 2021.

The UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program offers multiple scholarships from seven funds each academic year.

Click here to see the flyer in PDF.

Click here for the scholarship application.

Before submitting an application for the Jewish and Israel Studies Scholarships please consult the webpage below for further information for eligibility and requirement information. If you have any questions, please call the Jewish and Israel Studies office at (940) 369-8926.

We also offer scholarships for studying abroad in Israel; if you're interested in studying abroad, contact us for a meeting with Dr. Golden, director of Jewish and Israel Studies: richard.golden@unt.edu. Study abroad arrangements can be made through programs such as the one linked: http://www.moia.gov.il/english/highereducation/pages/default.aspx/.

Completed applications, including all letters of recommendation and college transcritps must be received by:

Dr. Richard Golden, Director

Jewish and Israel Studies Program

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #305369

Denton, TX 76203

All application materials are due no later than April 16, 2021 for scholarships to be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Eligibility for All Scholarships

For all scholarships, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the University in effect at the time of the award.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the student has fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his or her program.

Additionally:

Undergraduate

  • Undergraduate students must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 based system, be in good academic standing, and provide transcripts of his or her college record.
  • Minors must be enrolled in or have completed two courses at UNT in the Jewish and Israel Studies Program; those earning Certificates must be enrolled in or have completed one course at UNT in the Jewish and Israel Studies Program.
  • Provide letters of recommendation from two of the student's instructors in Jewish and Israel Studies Program courses at UNT, for a minor. For a certificate, you will only need to provide one letter of recommendation.
  • Give a written commitment to minor in or earn a certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies.
  • Submit a 300-word statement describing their anticipated course of study within the Jewish and Israel Studies Program and their objectives within and beyond the academy.

Graduate

  • Graduate students must have a cumulative grade-point average in graduate school of at least 3.25 on a 4.00 based system.
  • Submit transcripts of their graduate record.
  • Produce evidence that they are researching a M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation in an area of Jewish and Israel Studies.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from faculty attesting to their academic qualifications and to their commitment to researching a topic in Jewish and Israel Studies for their M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation.
  • Present a 300-word statement describing their anticipated course of study within the Jewish and Israel Studies Program and their objectives within and beyond the academy.

Each student awarded a scholarship shall:

  • Write a letter of thanks to the provider of the scholarship, and submit copies of the letter to the Director of Jewish and Israel Studies Program within the same thirty day period.
  • Inform in writing the Director of the Jewish and Israel Studies Program within thirty days as to whether the student will accept the scholarship.

Students are responsible for retrieving letters of recommendation from their professors (preferably JISP faculty). Those letters should be conveyed to Dr. Richard M. Golden in sealed envelopes, with the professor's signature on the seal.

Completed applications, including all letters of recommendation and all college transcripts, must be received by Dr. Richard Golden, Director, Jewish and Israel Studies Program. Because of the limited number of individuals on campus, please send digital copies of your materials via email to Professor Richard Golden (Richard.Golden@unt.edu) and Dr. Cindy Renker, chair of the Jewish and Israel Studies Scholarship Committee (Cindy.Renker@unt.edu). If you have already submitted physical copies of your application, please resend those materials to Richard.Golden@unt.edu and Cindy.Renker@unt.edu.

The following scholarships are available this year:

Schultz Family Scholarships in Jewish Studies

Established by the Schultz family

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the requirements for all scholarships, outlined here.

Watt Family Endowment Scholarships

Established by Howard and Maggie Watt

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the requirements for all scholarships, outlined here.

Howard H. Schultz Scholarships in Jewish Studies

Established by Jaynie Schultz and Ron Romaner, honoring Howard H. Schultz

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the requirements for all scholarships, outlined here.

Each student awarded the Howard H. Schultz Scholarship will write letters of thanks to both Howard H. Schultz, whom the scholarship honors, and to Jaynie Schultz and Ron Romaner, who established the scholarship.

Jay and Kathy Wolens Jewish Studies Scholarships in Memory of Max and Florence Wolens

Established by Jay and Kathy Wolens

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the requirements for all scholarships, outlined here.

Wisch Family Scholarships in Jewish Studies

Established by Ms. Rene Wisch

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the requirements for all scholarships, outlined here.

Lou E. and Evelyn Pelton Jewish Studies Scholarships in Memory of Samuel Pelton

Established by Lou E. and Evelyn Pelton

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the requirements for all scholarships, outlined here.

Scholarships for Study in Israel

Direct all inquiries about these Scholarships to Professor Richard Golden, Director of the Jewish and Israel Studies Program.

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