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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.


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


There will be multiple deadlines for the Scholarship Program.

Degree students:
June 1st for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, October 1st for Spring 2020 semester only

Certificate and Continuing education:
June 1st or October 1st for 2019-2020 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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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.

Contact Yael