Invest in your education: 2012-13 Central Scholarship application now open

Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service (CSLRS) has opened its scholarship application process for the 2012-2013 school year. Students can apply for numerous community scholarships with one online application at www.centralscholarship.org.

CSLRS, a 45 year-old program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh administered by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies and scholarship endowment funds which provide scholarships to local Jewish students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.

Last year CSLRS awarded $400,000 in scholarships to 220 very deserving Jewish students, helping to ease the strain of tuition and other expenses.

“As higher education costs rise, Central Scholarship continues its assistance to the community by providing supplemental funds that make the investment more affordable,” said Jonathan Rosenson, committee chair. “To meet our goal of providing assistance to as many students as possible with demonstrated financial need, we hope to increase the number of applications this year through various outreach initiatives.”

Any Jewish high school senior or those enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or technical school with financial need who lives in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties can apply. Applicants must be a resident of one of these counties for at least two years before applying, and financial need must be demonstrated.

All applications for the 2012-2013 school year are due by February 7, 2012 and first time applicants must be interviewed by CSLRS staff. Students whose applications are received by December 15, 2011 may be interviewed during winter vacation.

In these tough times, a scholarship can make all the difference for a young adult pursuing higher education. For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit www.centralscholarship.org or contact Alayne Lowenberger, JF&CS scholarship program director, at 412-422-7200.

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