Merit Scholarships

 

Brandeis Achievement Award (for rising juniors only) - Deadline February 28, 2014

Applicants for this award must be currently enrolled sophomores who will achieve junior status in the 2014-2015 academic year and who have distinguished themselves academically. 

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 (Dean’s List).   

Students currently receiving the Annenberg, Bernstein, Brandeis Genesis, Dean’s, Gilbert, Hiatt Challenger Memorial, Honor Grant, JFEW, Justice Brandeis, Malkin, Martin Luther King, Penikoff, Posse, Presidential, Rabb, Seeds of Peace, Slifka, Traquina, Trustee Merit, Waltham, or Wien Scholarships are not eligible to apply for this award. 

Applicants must submit a current résumé, two recommendations from Brandeis faculty, and a one-page personal statement detailing their academic experience at Brandeis. A maximum of five awards in the amount of $5,000 per semester will be conferred by the selection committee for the junior and senior years. 

For more information, please review the Brandeis Achievement Award guidelines.

 

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute Undergraduate Fellowship

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) strives to prepare Russan-speaking students from around the world to become effective community leaders fortified by Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of Russian Jewry, and a commitment to the future of Jewish people. 

The BGI undergraduate fellowship program integrates academic study at Brandeis with BGI extracurricular programming designed to enhance connections to the Russian-speaking Jewish world.  Students participate in specially- designed programming that includes an overseas educational trip, community-based volunteer projects, a speaker series and cultural events, group retreats and leadership development seminars.  Students participate in a two-year undergraduate fellowship program during their sophomore and junior years  and receive a $5,000 merit scholarship for these two years.  (Students should contact Student Financial Services for more information on how this merit scholarship may affect their financial aid package.)

The fellowship program is intended for domestic and international undergraduate Brandeis students from Russian-speaking households who have the knowledge and motivation to be of service to the Jewish community.  Brandeis students interested in joining the fellowship should apply during their first year.  Specific instructions and application forms will be posted to the BGI website in November 2012.  Student are encouraged to contact BGI either before or after submitting their applications.  The BGI Fellowship is highly selective and all candidates go through a rigorous screening process.  Fellows are selected by the Admissions Committee, which is comprised of BGI staff, faculty and alumni. Selection criteria include academic achievements, extracurricular and community involvement, and leadership potential. 

For further information about the BGI, and about the current BGI undergraduate fellows, please go to www.brandeis.edu/bgi , or contact the office at http://www.brandeis.edu/bgi/learn_more.html or 781-736-8410.

 

Brandeis-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is available to entering first-year students who have attained National Merit Finalist status and have designated Brandeis as their first choice through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). 

Recipients of this scholarship are chosen by the NMSC. The amount of this scholarship ranges from $500 to $2,000, based on financial need.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to entering first-year students on the basis of academic performance and extracurricular participation in secondary school, outstanding community involvement and demonstrated financial need. 

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.  (Please note that the FAFSA and parent and student taxes will also be required upon payment of the deposit.)

The amount of this scholarship is equal to the student's calculated institutional financial need, based on the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, the FAFSA and student and parent tax returns, and is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis.

 

Fannie Penikoff Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to one outstanding entering first-year student from the Chicago area. This scholarship was created through a gift from the Fannie Penikoff Charitable Trust to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. 

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. 

The amount of this scholarship is equal to full tuition and is renewable for up to eight continuous semesters of study at Brandeis, beginning with the semester in which the recipient was initially offered admission.

Recipients of this scholarship will be required to provide information about their campus activities to the Office of Donor Relations at Brandeis at least once each year and will also be required to write a letter of thanks to Ms. Donna Kahan, who oversees the Fannie Penikoff Fund at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, twice each year that details the recipient’s campus involvement.   

 

Stroum Family Waltham Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to four top graduating seniors from Waltham High School in Massachusetts. 

There is no application for this scholarship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. 

The amount of this scholarship is equal to full tuition and is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis.