Through several interest-free educational grants and endowments, the Friedman JCC/Jewish Community Alliance (formerly JFS, JCC and Federation) offers Jewish undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to help finance their education. The following criteria must be met:
- Be Jewish
- Live in or have parent living in the Greater Wilkes-Barre area
- Grade point average of at least 2.5
- Financial need
Five available student aid funds (available Fall and Spring semesters):
- Rella Roth Loan
- Betty Lieberman Sirotkin Loan
- Bartikowsky Loan (graduate students only)
- Gelb Scholarship
- Louis Smith Scholarship (must be a Wilkes University student and a member of the JCC)
Applications are available by contacting the JCA scholarship office at 824-4646. Latest grades, a copy of the FAFSA application, and verification are to be included with returned application.
Deadline for the Fall 2023 semester is· August 6. Upon receipt of the application, the student will be contacted for an in-person interview and any additional information necessary.
All information, including name of applicant, is kept confidential. Once approved, the student will be notified and a promissory note must be signed by the student and co-signer/guarantor, in the presence of a JCC witness.
Checks are prepared for the student/college or university in mid-August for Fall semester and mid-December for Spring semester.
Repayment of loans is to begin six months after graduation.
View/download application HERE