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TEENS : IsraelScholarships

Funding for St. Louis Area Teens

Israel Scholarship Coming in December
Israel Scholarship Coming in December
Pessin Scholarship Application - Printable Form Coming in December
Pessin Scholarship Application - Typable Form Coming in December  

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis 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.

2016 scholarship applications will be available in early December.

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

2015 Pessin Award Winners

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is pleased to announce that Kyla Gersten and Rachel Somorov have been awarded the 2015 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.

Kyla Gersten

Kyla Gersten is a senior at Parkway Central High School and a member of B’nai Amoona.  She is the President of B’nai Amoona USY and Co-editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Light Teen page.  She is also involved in JCRC Student-to-Student and is in the Senator Danforth Israel Scholars program.  Kyla has received several awards and volunteers her time in the community.  In the fall Kyla will be attending Nativ for a year.

Rachel Somorov is a senior at Block Yeshiva High School and a member of U. City Shul.  She is the President of Yachad and student council vice president.  Rachel is also involved JCRC Student-to-Student, writes for her school newspaper and is on the yearbook committee.  She will be going to Michlalah Jerusalem College in the fall.


Rachel Somorov

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