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Each year, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) awards education scholarships to qualified applicants attending: College, Community College, Vocational/Technical School or University. 




Some scholarships may have their own set of requirements. Below is a list of general requirements for all scholarships.



  • Students who identify as Jewish, with the exception of The Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship which will be awarded to three Christian and three Jewish students.
  • Students seeking enrollment in an undergraduate program at a university, college, community college, vocational school or technical program.
  • Students whose families have resided in Sarasota or Manatee county full time for at least two years.
  • Expected family contribution (EFC) from FAFSA at, or below, $25,000.*


  • The primary consideration for these scholarships is financial need. However, a good academic record, involvement in Jewish activities and community service will be evaluated.


For the list of the available JFSM scholarships, CLICK HERE.


*If EFC is greater than $25,000 but you believe you have extenuating circumstances, contact Lisa Feinman before applying.

Scholarships applications are reviewed by the Federation’s Scholarship Committee, co-chaired by Marsha Eisenberg and Laura Briefman.






Applications for interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are available to Jewish students in your area for the 2020-2021 school year from JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund).  

From March 1 – April 30 (and from September 1 – September 30), the loan application is available on JELF’s website at  


JELF loans are need-based and offer “last-dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. 

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • Enrolled full time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited U.S. institution
  • A U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status
  • Able to demonstrate financial need (2019 FAFSA application required).


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Up to 15 Jewish teens from across the United States will receive an award of $36,000 to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education. Applicants need to have demonstrated impressive leadership and are actively engaged in community service projects that embody the value of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. Teen's projects can help either the Jewish community or the general community, so long as teens have not been compensated for their services. 


The award is open to Jewish teens who are residents of the US and are between the ages of 13-19 at the time of applying. 

Nominations deadline December 18, 2020

Applications due January 8, 2021


Teens do not have to be nominated in order to apply, however those who have been nominated must also apply. 

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For more information, go to or email


You will be redirected to our offsite application portal. New applicants will need to register as a new user to the site; returning applicants can use their user name and password to login. Once you are logged-in, proceed to the following:

  1. Select the "Scholarship Applicant" button on the navigation bar
  2. Select "Find Scholarships" 
  3. Select "2020 Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Need Based Education Scholarship Application"


JANUARY 1 thru APRIL 6, 2021: The Application Window for the 2021-2022 School Year

For information on this program,
please contact:

Lisa Feinman



One scholarship of up to $5,000 is available for a student involved in sports or dance.

Three $4,000 scholarships are awarded and are renewable for a second year.

Six $2,000 scholarships are awarded: 3 to Jewish students, 3 to Christian students.

Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The number and amount of scholarships varies from year-to-year. Available to students with documented intellectual or physical disabilities, or students majoring in a field to assist individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Three $500 scholarships are available.

The number and amount of scholarships for this program varies from year-to-year.

A number of scholarships in various amounts are available through the following donor trusts:

  • Anne and David Anchin Scholarship Fund 
  • Neil and Sandra Angel Malamud Family Scholarship Fund in Memory of Herbert and Sylvia Angel  
  • Belle and Herman B. Behrenfeld Scholarship Fund 
  • Selma and Sydney Flanzbaum Scholarship Fund
  • Ruth and David Gorton Scholarship Fund
  • Grace and Sam Gorlitz Scholarship Fund 
  • Jerome and Ruth Kapner Scholarship Fund
  • Edith Becker Lilienfeld Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Nelson and Marjorie Newmark Scholarship Fund  
  • Meyer Sarkin Scholarship Fund
  • Schoenbaum Family Scholarship Fund
  • Marjorie and Earl Sharff Scholarship Fund
  • Helen A. and Newtown H. Sobin Scholarship Fund​

CLICK HERE for other educational funding opportunities and scholarships.