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Scholarship Opportunities

Sara Glasgow Cogan Internship

The Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to full-time Portland State University undergraduates who undertake credit-bearing internships in local Jewish communal and cultural organizations. This scholarship will cover the cost of internship for six credits of tuition (three credits each in Winter and Spring) for two or three students. The scholarship is open to students of all backgrounds who are pursuing a Major or Minor degree in Judaic Studies. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic performance in general and within the Judaic Studies program in particular, recommendations from faculty, and a statement of interest.

In 2015, the internships will be chosen from the following sites, depending on student interest and organizational need: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; Jewish Theatre Collaborative; B’nai B’rith Camp. Applications were due December 12th, 2014 for the 2015 Winter and Spring terms. 


Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship

The Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship is for Judaic Studies majors and minors only. It awards $1,000 annually to two full-time Portland State University undergraduates who are pursuing a degree in Judaic Studies, and demonstrate financial need to cover tuition. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Application process includes written personal statement and faculty recommendations. Application deadline is February 1, 2015.


Lorry I. Lokey Endowed Fund for Israel Scholarship

The Lorry Lokey Endowed Fund for Israel Scholarship provides $2,000 annually for a student to travel to and conduct research or study abroad in Israel. Explore study abroad opportunities through the International Affairs: Education Abroad office. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are due March 31, 2015.


Shleifer Scholarship

The Lois Berlin, John May, Ida & Sam Shleifer Endowed Scholarship will provide $5,000 tuition and fee support for two undergraduate students pursuing the major or minor in Judaic Studies (preference given to majors)Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are due March 31, 2015. 

Aspen Mitzvah Fund Scholarship

The Department of World Languages & Literatures offers renewable scholarships of up to $1000 to students enrolling in and completing second- and third-year modern Hebrew sequences. The award will be used to meet tuition costs and related educational expenses at Portland State University. Preference will be given to students in the more advanced (300-level) sequence, and to students undertaking the Major or Minor Degrees in Judaic Studies. Full-time PSU students and high school students may apply online


How to Apply

Please fill out the appropriate application form: Scholarship Application 2015.pdf
Students who wish to apply should send two faculty letters of recommendation (faculty member may e-mail recommendation directly to us) and a 1 to 2 page statement of interest explaining how the scholarship or internship will further their academic and personal goals. Additionally, the Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship is a need-based award, so applicants for the Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship are required to include a statement that explains their current financial need. 

Materials should be sent to Judaic Studies at Email Professor Natan Meir at with questions.

Application checklist:

  • Two faculty letters of recommendation
  • 1 to 2 page statement of interest
  • Statement of financial need (Jacobs-Kaufman scholarship only)

Eligibility requirements may apply for scholarships, including 12 credit hours in Judaic Studies, JST faculty-instructed, or Hebrew language courses; and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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