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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 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.

  • M.S.C.A.L. –  Master of Science in Camp Administration and Leadership
    This program provides practical and applied instruction on best camp practices through highly engaging courses on camp management, business operations and logistics, law and ethics, program development, and human resources. Courses are all online and the practicum is done on site in the student’s own camp environment.
  • M.S.N.P.M. – Master of Science in Nonprofit Management 
    Practitioner-oriented program emphasizing managerial development and leadership skills taught by experts using case studies from real organizations. Courses on: Marketing, Fundraising, Nonprofit Law, Financial Management, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Project and Program Management, etc.
  • M.S.N.P.M. – Jewish Educational Administration Concentration
    A combination of Nonprofit Management and Jewish Education courses designed for directors of education programs and schools. Courses include: Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Financial Management, Instructional Design, Assessment, Supervision, Legal and Ethical Issues in the 21st Century Classroom, etc.
  • M.A.J.C.S. – Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service
    Focused on the American Jewish community with a strong foundation in Jewish Studies and electives in Nonprofit Management and Israel Studies. Courses include: New Directions in the American Jewish Community and The Jewish Family: Institution in Transition.
    M.A.J.C.S. – Nonprofit Management Track  requires 3 additional Nonprofit Management courses
  • M.A.Ed. – Master of Arts in Education Concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Jewish Instructional Education, Creativity & Technology, Dimensions in Identity, and others.  Ideal for those working in preschools, Jewish supplementary education, afterschool and enrichment settings.
  • Ed.D. – Doctorate in Education 
    Concentrations in Jewish Education, PreK-12, and Higher Ed. Designed for leaders and aspiring leaders in the field of Education. Emphasizes leadership skills and best practices for practical application in the education work place.
  • M.A.J.S. – Master of Arts in Jewish Studies
    Classic approach to Jewish Studies for students who want to deepen their understanding of the Jewish religion, Jewish heritage, Jewish history and Jewish thought.
  • M.A.J.P.S. – Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies
    Individualized curriculum developed by the student, with advisement, to provide a self-directed path of study across a broad range of topics drawn from the many disciplines offered at the college.
  • M.A.I.L. – Master of Arts in Interfaith Leadership
    Focuses on practical and professional skills needed to be an effective and educated leader in interfaith relations.
  • M.A.H.G.S. – Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Ph.D.
    In-depth study on the Holocaust and other 20th century genocides for educators, museum staff, community professionals and religious and lay leaders.

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.


To qualify for one of JCC Association’s Professional Development Scholarships, you must be:

  • Working full-time at a JCC while in school AND
  • Pursuing your degree on a full- or part-time basis
  • Working in your current JCC at least one year (full-time)
  • Able to demonstrate that the relevant degree, certification, or class has the potential to enhance and grow your career in the JCC field

How to Apply:

Degree applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Completed application
  • Recommendation from Executive Director
  • Second recommendation from current or previous supervisor
  • Essay
  • Brochure/Outline of Degree and Program Requirements
  • Outline of Program Costs/Funding Requested
  • Potential interview if applicant makes it to second round

Certificate applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Completed application
  • Recommendation from Executive Director
  • Essay
  • Brochure/Outline of Degree and Program Requirements
  • Outline of Program Costs/Funding Requested
  • Some certificate applicants may be asked to do an interview

Continuing education applicants will be required to provide the following:

  • Completed application
  • Recommendation from Executive Director
  • Outline of Program Costs/Funding Requested


JCC Association offers 2 deadlines for becoming a JCC Association Professional Development Scholar (regardless of whether you are a degree-seeking, certificate seeking or continuing-education-seeking applicant).

  • Those who wish to be considered for both the Fall and Spring semesters must apply by May 1st
  • Those who wish to be considered for ONLY the Spring semester must apply by October 1st

Additional Funding:

JCC professionals may receive up to $5,000/check (with a cap of $20,000 total) during their time as a JCC Association Professional Scholarship recipient

  • Scholarships will be awarded on a school-year based academic calendar, two semesters at a time.
  • Scholarships for certificates and continuing education will be based on the cost of the program, as well as available funds.

Work Requirement:

Applicants should be aware that there may be a work requirement after graduation, based on the total amount of scholarship funding received from JCC Association. Failure to complete this requirement will turn the scholarship into an interest-free loan, and the recipient will be required to pay back this amount in full to JCC Association. One does not have to complete the work requirement from the JCC they currently work in, they can complete this at any affiliated JCC or camp. See below for a detailed breakdown of this requirement.

$15,001 – $20,000: 2 year work requirement
$10,001 – $15,000: 1.5 year work requirement
$5,001 – $10,000: 1 year work requirement
$500 – $5,000: 6 month work requirement

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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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Yael Warach

This position provides logistic and programmatic management for the Professional Development department.

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