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Professional Development Scholarships

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JCC Association’s Professional Development Scholarship Program is designed to help current, full-time JCC professionals deepen and enhance their professional knowledge to advance their career at a Jewish Community Center or Jewish Community Camp (JCC). Applications for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 are now being accepted.

Scholarships are available for:

1. Postgraduate degrees
2. Certification in a specific area
3. Continuing education (e.g., one class on a specific subject)

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To qualify for a JCC Association Professional Development Scholarship, you must meet both of these criteria:

    • Have completed at least one year of full-time employment in your current role at your JCC
    • Pursue a degree on a full- or part-time basis

Available Funding

Professional Scholarship recipients may receive up to $5,000 per pay period (up to a total of $20,000)

    • Scholarships will be awarded according to an academic calendar (e.g., Fall Semester/Spring Semester).
    • Scholarships for certificates and continuing education will be awarded based on the cost of the program and depending upon available funds.
    • All scholarship funds will be paid upon completion of a traditional academic semester (e.g., at the end of December or May). Payment will only be processed after scholarship recipients provide JCC Association with proof of completion of the semester and confirmation of continued employment.


The application deadline for all JCC Association Professional Development Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year (both fall and spring semesters) is May 28, 2021.

Application Process

  1. Submit a Complete Application: (See chart below and gather application materials)
  2. Interview(s): All degree-seeking applicants will be required to interview with a member of JCC Association’s staff. In addition, JCC Association’s Professional Development Team may also request an interview with applicants.
  3. Notification: Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2021 about their status as a JCC Association Professional Development Scholar.

A complete application includes these materials, and failure to provide all required documents will disqualify applicants from consideration.


Recipients who are awarded a multi-year scholarship must re-certify their scholarship eligibility annually by providing proof of employment, proof of registration, and their previous semester grades (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required) to continue to receive scholarship funding. Additional information about re-certification will be provided pending receipt of a scholarship award.

Work Requirement

Depending upon the total amount of scholarship funding awarded, recipients may be required to continue to work for a JCC for a specific amount of time following completion of the education funded by JCC Association (see chart below). This requirement can be fulfilled at any affiliated JCC.

Scholarship funds of individuals who fail to complete the required employment will be considered an interest-free loan, and recipients will be required to repay JCC Association the full amount of the award.

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.

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Yael Warach

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

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