HUC-JIR Atara Merit Scholarship - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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We are thrilled to be able to offer our new Atara Scholarship to incoming HUC-JIR students in our Rabbinical, Cantorial and Education programs who exhibit academic excellence. In order to be eligible for a the new Atara Scholarship you must complete the online application by uploading your essay responses (prompts below) no later than February 15, 2019

Atara עטרה in Hebrew means a royal crown, that which symbolizes a high state of achievement and respect. The College-Institute is honored to have committed supporters who want to 'crown' a small group of incoming students with these special scholarships in order to support stellar future leaders throughout your HUC-JIR program (pending renewal application and academic standing).

Should you be selected by the HUC-JIR National Office of Recruitment and Admissions Office and the Office of Financial Aid to receive a special Atara Merit Scholarship, you will also be eligible for need-based Scholarships. We expect to announce all of these awards in Spring 2019. The Atara Scholarships can be renewed by the College-Institute each year of your full-time enrollment assuming you remain in good academic standing and pending approval. If you have any questions about the application or the Atara Scholarship please contact

Atara Scholarship Essay Prompts

Please answer the following questions in a short essay (not more than 1-2 double-spaced pages):

1. What is a significant change or transformation you would want to help lead in the Jewish community and how do you hope to lead it?

2. What of your unique skill-set, experiences and capacities make you especially well-suited for long-term Jewish leadership success?

The deadline for 2019-2020 has now passed.