JCRS Announces Upcoming Camp and College Financial Aid Deadlines

JCRS Announces Upcoming Camp and College Financial Aid Deadlines

Southern Jewish families seeking financial assistance for Jewish overnight camp and undergraduate college education have a special friend in the Jewish Children’s Regional Service, the oldest and only regional Jewish children’s social service agency in the United States.

Primary qualifications for assistance are relatively simple. The family must live within the seven state service region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Applicants must provide requested financial information and documentation, as the primary factor in approving any amount of aid is financial need.

The overnight camp scholarship deadline for summer 2019 is Feb. 15, and the undergraduate college aid application for fall 2019 is May 31. Applications received after those dates will be considered, but will fall into a lower range of priority from those received by the published application deadlines.

JCRS typically receives 450 to 500 applications each year just for these two programs, and has provided annual funding to approximately 450 of the applicants. In all seven JCRS programs combined, more than 1,600 unduplicated Jewish youth receive annual funding, and more than 1,700 are served. Many youth served are from single-parent or grandparent-led families, or possess family members with serious health, mental health, unemployment or disability concerns.

The JCRS $1,600,000 annual budget is supported primarily through general donations and the annual income that results when dedicated scholarship funds are created by donors, past aid recipients and JCRS success stories. ■

For more information on JCRS programs and applications that can be completed electronically, visit www.jcrs.org. To contact JCRS by phone, call 1-800-729-5277 or 504-828-6334.

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