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Each year, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) awards education scholarships to qualified applicants attending: College, Community College, Vocational/Technical School or University. 




Some scholarships may have their own set of requirements. Below is a list of general requirements for all scholarships.



  • Students who identify as Jewish, with the exception of The Robert Michelson Interfaith Scholarship and the Sandy and Marilyn College Scholarship, which provide awards to students of other faiths.
  • Students seeking enrollment in an undergraduate program at a university, college, community college, vocational school or technical program.
  • Students whose families have resided in Sarasota or Manatee county full time for at least two years.
  • Expected family contribution (EFC) from FAFSA at, or below, $25,000.*


  • The primary consideration for these scholarships is financial need. However, a good academic record, involvement in Jewish activities and community service will be evaluated.


For the list of the available JFSM scholarships, CLICK HERE.


*If EFC is greater than $25,000 but you believe you have extenuating circumstances, contact Jessi Sheslow before applying.

Scholarships applications are reviewed by the Federation’s Scholarship Committee, co-chaired by Marsha Eisenberg and Laura Briefman.






Applications for interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are available to Jewish students in your area for the 2020-2021 school year from JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund).  

From March 1 – April 30 (and from September 1 – September 30), the loan application is available on JELF’s website at  


JELF loans are need-based and offer “last-dollar” financing, meaning that JELF provides the final dollars that bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school. 

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • Enrolled full time in a program leading to a degree or certificate at an accredited U.S. institution
  • A U.S. citizen or have lawful immigration status
  • Able to demonstrate financial need (2019 FAFSA application required).


For more information, please contact or visit


You will be redirected to our offsite application portal. 


JANUARY 1 thru APRIL 10, 2022: The Application Window for the 2022-2023 School Year







For more information, please contact

Kathy Bublick



One scholarship of up to $5,000 is available for a student involved in sports or dance.

Three $4,000 scholarships are awarded and are renewable for a second year.

Six $2,000 scholarships are awarded: 3 to Jewish students, 3 to Christian students.

Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The number and amount of scholarships varies from year-to-year. Available to students with documented intellectual or physical disabilities, or students majoring in a field to assist individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Three $500 scholarships are available.

The number and amount of scholarships for this program varies from year-to-year.

A number of scholarships in various amounts are available through the following donor trusts:

  • Anne and David Anchin Scholarship Fund 
  • Neil and Sandra Angel Malamud Family Scholarship Fund in Memory of Herbert and Sylvia Angel  
  • Belle and Herman B. Behrenfeld Scholarship Fund 
  • Selma and Sydney Flanzbaum Scholarship Fund
  • Ruth and David Gorton Scholarship Fund
  • Grace and Sam Gorlitz Scholarship Fund 
  • Jerome and Ruth Kapner Scholarship Fund
  • Edith Becker Lilienfeld Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Nelson and Marjorie Newmark Scholarship Fund  
  • Meyer Sarkin Scholarship Fund
  • Schoenbaum Family Scholarship Fund
  • Marjorie and Earl Sharff Scholarship Fund
  • Helen A. and Newtown H. Sobin Scholarship Fund​
  • Maryilyn and Sandy College Scholarship

CLICK HERE for other educational funding opportunities and scholarships.