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TEENS : IsraelScholarships

Funding for St. Louis Area Teens

Israel Scholarship Need-Based Application - Printable Form
Israel Scholarship Need-Based Application - Typable Form
Pessin Scholarship Application - Printable Form
Pessin Scholarship Application - Typable Form   

The Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Federation offers merit and need-based scholarships for high school students participating in Israel experience program.

Israel Experience Center Need-Based Grants

The objective of the Israel Experience Center is to encourage and enable every St. Louis Jewish teen to participate in a quality educational Israel experience. It is our intention to maximize the number of teens going to Israel by making the Israel experience available, accessible and affordable.

The Israel Experience Center provides need-based scholarship assistance to help make those trips affordable. Generous funding is made available from the St. Louis Jewish Federation's Sam, Charles and Mamie Rich Education Fund.

To be eligible to receive financial aid, the applicant must:

  • Demonstrate family financial need
  • Be a resident of the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area
  • Be a high school student
  • Complete the application in full and provide all the requested documentations

All applications are held in strict confidence and the committee review process is anonymous.

2015 Israel Scholarship Application (Fill in by Hand)

2015 Israel Scholarship Applicaton (Form Fill Applicaton)

2015 Pessin Scholarship Application (Fill in by Hand)

2015 Pessin Scholarship Application (Form Fill Application)

For any questions regarding the application, contact Karen Rader at (314) 442-3756.

2014 Pessin Award Winners

The Central Agency for Jewish Education is pleased to announce that Sarah Casteel and Jonathan Samuels have been awarded the 2014 Stuart I. Pessin Israel Teen Merit Scholarship. The awardees were chosen on the basis of their activities in the Jewish community, commitment to continued Jewish education and high school achievement.

The two awards, which are allocated from the Stuart I. Pessin Scholarship Fund, compliment the existing Israel grant program administered by CAJE and funded by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The merit-based award provides a means for select high school students to receive community funds by demonstrating their commitment to Judaism and the St. Louis Jewish community.

Sarah Casteel


Sarah is a recent graduate at Clayton High School and a member of Young Israel.  She is President of Clayton HS JSU and Gay Straight Alliance.  She is also involved in NCSY, JCRC Student-to-Student and BBYO.  Sarah has received several awards and volunteers throughout the community.  In the fall Sarah will be attending Tomer Devorah Seminary for a year.



Jonathan is recently completed his junior year at Parkway Central and a member of B’nai Amoona.  He is on his school’s student council and involved in numerous extracurricular activities including debate, marching band and baseball.  Jonathan also participates in the JCRC Student-to-Student program, is active in BBYO and has received several awards and honors.  He will be going to Israel this summer with Ramah Israel.


Jonathan Samuels

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