Tuition Assistance Resources: Austin

Here are some of the most common options our CYJ families have pursued to receive assistance with their camp tuition:

Your Local Congregation:

Many congregations are strong supporters of children attending Jewish summer camp.  Each congregation has its own scholarship process.  Contact your congregation, Rabbi, Brotherhood or Sisterhood President, or Youth Group Director to learn about deadlines and how to apply.  Many have a specific budget for scholarship, so ask early.  Keep in mind, you may be able to get scholarship dollars from more than one source in your Congregation as they may have separate budgets.

Congregation Agudas Achim - Contact Karen Kogutt at 760-889-7795 or https://theaustinsynagogue.org/aytz-chaim/

Temple Beth Israel - Contact Sarah Avner (savner@bethisrael.org) or http://www.bethisrael.org/index.php/youth/summer-youth-activities

JCRS (Jewish Children’s Regional Service):

JCRS is a foundation based in New Orleans that gives generously to CYJ campers.  Scholarships are available to campers entering 3rd to 12th grade as of August 31, 2021 in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. http://www.jcrs.org/ 

Hebrew Free Loan Association:

Many cities have a Hebrew Free Loan Association that offers interest free loans ranging from $500 to $1500 to help families fund experiences for Jewish youth.

PJ Goes to Camp:

If your camper is not in a One Happy Camper city, PJ Goes to Camp may be another grant option.  If your child is an alum/na of PJ Library or has a sibling who is a member, he/she may be eligible.  The Harold Grinspoon Foundation partners with Foundation for Jewish Camp to offer these grants to campers not in One Happy Camper cities.  The requirements for this grant are the same as the One Happy Camper.  In addition, PJ Goes to Camp also has a limited lottery for grants to kids currently enrolled in Jewish Day Schools.   Apply quickly – the grants will run out! https://pjlibrary.org/Beyond-Books/PJ-Goes-to-Camp 

Camp Young Judaea (CYJ) Tuition Assistance Fund:

Learn more, how to apply, and deadlines here.

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