Financial Aid

In the Brandeis tradition of offering academic access to all students, BIMA and Genesis seek each year to provide a limited number of scholarships to outstanding applicants who otherwise might not be able to afford this exceptional opportunity.  Please review our fundraising guide and contact us with questions about financial aid.

Campership Incentives for Jewish First-Time Campers

One Happy Camper

$1000 Campership IncentiveStudents who have not previously attended a Jewish summer camp may qualify for a $1,000 incentive grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp. This is a non-needs based incentive program, intended to encourage students to participate in a first-time, daily immersive summer Jewish experience. Unfortunately, students who attend a day school are not eligible for this program.  To apply for this grant, please visit One Happy Camper and complete the online form.

Please note, some Federations (example: Atlanta Federation) are also offering a second-year One Happy Camper grant of $500.

PJ Goes to Camp

OHC PJ LibraryFirst-time campers who are PJ Library recipients, siblings, or PJ Alumni, who were participants in PJ Library as of September 1, 2015. Other restrictions may apply.

Families may apply directly through the One Happy Camper website.

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston — Jim Joseph Foundation Emergency Education Grant Program

CJP LogoYou may be eligible for need-based tuition subsidies if you are a resident of the Boston area. Please contact us for more information.

Opportunities for Students from Russian-speaking Families

GPG LogoBIMA and Genesis offer scholarships for students from Russian-speaking families living in the United States, Canada, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Israel, Germany, and United Kingdom through the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group. Please contact us for more information.

Regional Funds

Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey - Department of Jewish Education Financial Aid

Funded by the DJE Annual Campaign allocation, this fund is for scholarship of demonstrably financially needy children of all ages to attend a Jewish overnight camp. Families apply directly through the Federation website.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

New York Teen Initiative Scholarship

New York Teen Initiative scholarshipsThe New York Teen Initiative scholarship fund aims to subsidize NY teen participants with demonstrated financial need and to engage more Jewish teens in Jewish summer programs with an emphasis on attracting teens who are not currently pursuing Jewish summer options.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • High school student

  • Permanent resident in UJA-Federation of New York's catchment area, which consists of the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Jewish Federation of Greater PhiladelphiaThe Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia awards need-based scholarships to campers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old. Campers must live in one of five counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia. Campers must identify as Jewish. Families apply directly through the JFGP website.

Deadline: TBD

Other Sources of Scholarship Money

Each year, the total amount of aid requested by families is greater than the total amount of scholarships BIMA and Genesis can award. We are committed to making it possible for applicants who we accept to attend our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to also explore scholarship possibilities in your own community such as synagogues, JCCs, and local Jewish Federations, and Hebrew Free Loan Society. We are happy to speak on the phone to make suggestions and will do our best to help you find the aid that you need to attend one of our programs.

Residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas could be eligible for a camp scholarship through the Jewish Regional Children's Service.