College Scholarships from Hillel International

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Jules and Gwen Knapp First-Generation Student Award

FROM HILLEL INTERNATIONAL 

In support of Hillel’s mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, Hillel International is pleased to offer four different scholarship opportunities to Jewish students for the 2023-24 academic year.
 
Jules and Gwen Knapp believed deeply in the power of higher education to transform the lives of individuals and families. Top applicants will have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a demonstrated impact of leadership, entrepreneurship, and/or volunteerism in their local or campus community. To qualify as a first-generation student, the applicant’s parents/guardians must not have completed a four-year college or university degree.
 
Award Amount: $3,000 per year

Renewable for up to three additional school years, in addition to the first year. Not renewable after the fourth school year/payment, or the student’s completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.
 
Eligible: current high school seniors, gap-year students, undergraduate first-years, sophomores, and juniors.

See the full eligibility requirements for each scholarship.
















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Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (unweighted, out of 4.0) or 3.5 (weighted, out of 5.0) at the time the application is submitted in order to be eligible.



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Please provide the names and at least one form of contact information of two references who can speak to your leadership, hard work, and dedication both in the classroom and the community. 

Examples of references can include teachers, professors, advisors, coaches, volunteer leaders, internship supervisors, or other mentors. Please do not include friends, parents, or other relatives.

Please note: references do not need to submit a letter of recommendation. References will only be contacted if the applicant is selected as a finalist.














Jules and Gwen Knapp First-Generation Student Award: Jules and Gwen Knapp believed deeply in the power of higher education to transform the lives of individuals and families. Top applicants will have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a demonstrated impact of leadership, entrepreneurship, and/or volunteerism in their local or campus community. Applicants are eligible as incoming first-year students, or current college students. To qualify as a first-generation student, the applicant’s parents/guardians must not have completed a four-year college or university degree. Applicants must self-identify as Jewish and commit to attending at least one Hillel event in the upcoming school year. Previous experience with Hillel or prior attendance at Hillel events is NOT a requirement for this scholarship.