Apply online now: College scholarships available

With the program’s newly designed, applicant-friendly website, it is easier than ever for students to access the country’s largest Jewish scholarship program. If you are a student in need of financial assistance or know someone who is, it’s time to log on at www.centralscholarship.org. More $440,000 in scholarships were awarded last year. Don’t miss your chance for 2011-12!

By completing just one online application, students have access to numerous community scholarships through Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Sarah and Tena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS). Both programs are administered by JF&CS. 

Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year must be completed online. All information provided to CSLRS is treated confidentially and is used to process applications, distribute grants and to collect on previous loans. Individuals are known by number to ensure confidentiality. 

CSLRS is open to any Jewish high school senior, college or graduate student with demonstrated financial need currently residing in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington or Westmoreland County. In addition, students who are residents of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer or Venango County are eligible (only) to apply for the Sarah and Tena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship, a very competitive fund.
 
All funds require demonstrated financial need. Depending on the guidelines of each award, other factors such as academic achievement, community involvement and personal characteristics are also considered. Completed applications are due February 8, 2011.

All first-time applicants must be interviewed by CSLRS staff. Students who complete their applications by December 16, 2010 may be eligible for interviews over winter break; students who complete their applications by January 19, 2011 may be eligible for Sunday interviews or interviews over spring break (all preferred interview schedules based on availability).
 
Eligible students in need of financial aid are encouraged to visit the CSLRS website to learn more and access the online application. For additional information, please contact Alayne Lowenberger, JF&CS scholarship program director, at 412-422-7200.
 
CSLRS represents an outstanding example of how the Pittsburgh region’s Jewish community has come together to create opportunities for our children’s futures.

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