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Harris and Zelma Freedman Scholarship - Jewish Studies Essay Contest

Who is eligible to apply for the Jewish Studies Essay Contest?

Any full-time student who wrote a paper on a Jewish Studies topic during the past academic year (Fall 2020 - Spring 2021). Students of any class standing are eligible to apply.

You need not be a Jewish Studies student, nor does the paper have to have been written for a Jewish Studies class. The important factor is the topic. As long as you wrote a paper in the field of Jewish Studies, you can submit it for this contest. 

If you have questions about whether or not your paper fits our eligibility requirements, please contact Professor Eliyana Adler at .

How do I apply?

To apply, please  submit your paper with a 1 page cover sheet  to jstd@psu.edu by 15 April. Essays must be submitted in the form of a Word Document with only a title. The accompanying cover sheet should include the title of your paper, your name, and the course and professor it was submitted for. Also please note whether you are pursuing a Jewish Studies major, minor, or certificate.

Email your Jewish Studies essay and cover sheet  to jstd@psu.edu. In the subject line of your email, please include your first and last name along with the name of the scholarship (example: JSP Essay Contest - FirstName LastName).

Applications are due April 15th, 2021.

If you receive a Jewish Studies Essay Award, we will ask you to submit a short bio about yourself to be featured on our website. In addition, you will write a brief blogpost about your paper and research to publish on the JSP website and social media.

How many awards are given?

Students are competing for one of three top places. First place receives an award of $500, second place receives an award of $300, and third place receives an award of $200.

When will I be notified if I have won the Jewish Studies Essay Contest?

We plan to hold an awards ceremony at the end of April. All applicants will be notified of our decisions by the end of the semester.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Interim Director of Jewish Studies, Professor Eliyana Adler at .



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