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Professional Development Scholarships

The JCC Movement is a great place to build a career for people who really like people

The Professional Development Scholarship Program intends to advance JCC professionals’ careers by investing money in those with aspirations to gain more knowledge, which will, in turn, keep the best and brightest in the JCC Movement. JCC Association will invest these funds in expanding educational opportunities for our current professionals.

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Scholarships:

  • Scholarships for full time or part time graduate degree students (does not need to be an applicant’s first graduate degree)
  • Scholarships are available for any graduate degree and/or one of the partnership programs
  • Degree seeking students can receive up to $5,000/semester – max. $20,000 by graduation
  • Scholarship for certificate programs
  • Scholarship for continuing education classes

Partnership Programs:


Gratz College

Gratz College will offer a 30% tuition discount per course, in addition to the scholarship received from JCC Association.


Hebrew College

Hebrew Colllege will provide a minimum of $2,000 per academic year for students enrolled in one of the 36-credit Master’s programs listed below, the student must be taking 12 credits in an academic year to qualify. Students who enroll in the 45-credit dual degree program will receive a pro-rated portion of the scholarship for the additional 9 credits. Students may also apply for additional Hebrew College merit fellowships which could raise the total scholarship amount given. Funds will be applied directly to tuition.


Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will match a scholarship of $5,000/semester up to a minimum of 50% of the total cost of tuition for each partnership program.


Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)
JTS will match fellowship offer upon admission. Additional funding may be available as well.


Spertus Institute

Spertus Institute will match scholarship funds for an MA program and provide up to $500 in matching funds for a certification program.

Requirements:

Scholarships will only be provided to full-time JCC (affiliated) employees.

  • They must be working in their current JCC for at least one year.
  • They must continue to work full-time while pursuing their academic endeavor.
  • Scholarships will only be provided to those who can show that the relevant degree, certification, or class has the potential to enhance and grow their career in the JCC field.

How to Apply:

Degree applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Application
  • Recommendation from Executive Director
  • Second recommendation from current or previous supervisor
  • Essay
  • Potential interview if applicant makes it to second round

Certificate applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Application
  • Recommendation from Executive Director
  • Essay
  • Some certificate applicants may be asked to do an interview

Continuing education applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Application
  • Recommendation from Executive Director

Deadlines:

There will be multiple deadlines for the Scholarship Program.

Degree students:
June 1st for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, October 1st for Spring 2019 semester only

Certificate and Continuing education:
June 1st or October 1st for 2018-2019 academic year.

Work Requirement:

All degree students will have a work requirement as a condition of their scholarship. This will be based on the dollar amount they receive and will be outlined in their contract. For example, if after graduation a scholarship recipient has received a total of $20,000 from JCC Association, they will be required to work in the JCC field at an affiliated JCC for two years. If they have received $10,000, they will be required to work in the JCC field for one year after graduation. They can work at their current JCC or any other affiliated JCC or camp.

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Contact

Ellen Gettinger

Coordinates and manages various areas of the Professional Leadership program including Talent Management cohorts and Graduate Scholars. Manages professional leadership webinars and plays a key role in planning and coordinating regional and national conferences.

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