Camp Scholarships

The Foundation for Jewish Camp

The Foundation for Jewish Camp unifies and galvanizes the field of Jewish overnight camp and significantly increases the number of children participating in transformative summers at Jewish camp, assuring a vibrant North American Jewish community. We believe that every child deserves an opportunity to go to camp but recognize that some families might require a little help. To find out more click here

Campership Program of Chicago

  • 1st-year camper grants: Up to $1,000.

Eligibility: Jewish youth in Illinois attending a session of at least 19 days who have not previously attended camp for this long or who have done so only once before. Scholarships are NOT need-based and are independent of any other grants received. All ages are eligible.

Visit enrollment info.

Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation

  • 1st-time camper grants: $350 overnight camp, $50 day camp.
  • Need-based grants: $100-$2,000 for overnight camp, up to $250 for day camp.  Criteria include family income, size, and special circumstances, such as illness or unemployment.
  • Bernice Wax Scholarship goes to a child showing special concern for needs of others.

Eligibility: All Jewish children in the greater CU area attending an accredited resident Jewish summer camp or a local Jewish day camp.

CU Jewish Endowment Foundation

  • Michael & Elizabeth Shapiro Camp Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: CU-area children attending Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute.

Sinai Temple

  • Lewis Family Fund: Supports full or partial scholarships to Jewish camps.
  • Charles R. & Helen Loeb Fund: Supports scholarships to Jewish camps.
  • Sinai Temple Sisterhood Camp Scholarship Fund: Supports partial tuition scholarships to URJ camps.
  • Birnbaum & Tepper Merit Award: Supports full 2-week scholarships to Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute for children who are actively engaged in their Judaism.

Eligibility: Children of Sinai Temple members in good standing.

Camp Scholarship Application Forms

To apply for CU Jewish Federation, CU Jewish Endowment Foundation, and Sinai Temple camp scholarships you need only fill out one consolidated application.

Click here to download application form
Or contact the CU Jewish Federation office (, 367-9872)

Campership Program of Chicago guidelines and application forms for the Campership Incentive Program and the Midwest Interfaith Incentive Program may be downloaded at

Individual Camp Scholarships

Scholarships are often available from individual camps. Camps want to help ensure all Jewish youth seeking a Jewish camp experience are able to attend. Be sure to talk to your camp about scholarships.

Midwest Jewish Summer Camps & Local Scholarships
Downloadable pdf with imformation on Midwest Jewish Summer Camps & Local Scholarships. Includes information about youth travel to Israel Summer 2012