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The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women is a private, nonsectarian foundation that enables women with financial need to meet their educational and career goals through scholarships and supportive services. We invest in women who aspire to achieve through learning and initiative and who value giving back to their communities. JFEW strives to achieve its goals with purpose and commitment, and to celebrate the same values in our partners and scholarship recipients.

Working with nonprofit and academic partners who administer scholarships, JFEW creates JFEW Scholarship Programs for groups of students. These typically provide: 

  • Scholarship support to help JFEW Scholars focus on schoolwork and stay on track to graduate;
  • Summer internship stipends so that JFEW Scholars can afford to take unpaid internships, develop workplace skills and improve employment prospects after graduation;
  • Peer support provided by other JFEW Scholars;
  • Mentorship by faculty and program coordinators who organize skills-building workshops, monitor academic progress and encourage JFEW Scholars to seek opportunities to develop their capabilities.  

JFEW accepts proposals in two areas. Its Heritage Program allocates funds on a sectarian basis for Jewish women and its College Program allocates funds on a non-sectarian basis.

If you are an individual seeking a scholarship, see JFEW in Your School to determine if we have a program at the school you are attending, or plan to attend.

If you represent a school or non-profit interested in creating a JFEW program, please review the instructions on Schools & Nonprofits.

JFEW invites all alumnae and current recipients to join our online community to learn about career, mentoring and volunteer opportunities through JFEWConnect.

For over 130 years, JFEW has supported and encouraged the education of women. You can click here to learn more about our distinguished history, make a donation to support our ongoing work, or join the mailing list to receive our newsletter.

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