Need Money for School for the 2017-18 Academic Year?
Apply for a JELF Interest-Free Loan for Higher Education Beginning September 1!

Applications for interest-free loans for higher education (college, graduate school and vocational programs) are available to Jewish students in your area for the spring 2018 and/or summer 2018 from JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund).  

Open Date:  September 1
Submission Deadline: September 30  

The loan application is available on JELF’s website at All applications are done online.

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

Applications for the full academic year 2018-2019 will open March 1 and close April 30, 2018.

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 (FAFSA application required). 

For more information, contact Betsy Gamburg.


The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner

Scholarship Fund


General Guidelines and Eligibility


Rosalyn Saltz did not attend college as her family could not afford to send her. While she was always an avid learner and continued to learn independently, her lack of university education was a lifelong regret. Her three daughters, Dr. Patricia Louise Pliner, Dr. Judith Ellen Pliner, and Janice Leslie Pliner, conceived of a fund to help others achieve what their mother dreamed of doing.


The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for post-secondary education to applicants residing in North or South Carolina.  Selected recipient(s) must demonstrate commitment and involvement in their chosen field as well as advancing Jewish women in leadership roles. For the academic year 2016-2017, one grant of $2500 will be awarded. Recipients must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate financial need.




  1. Student and family must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.


  1. Student and family must demonstrate financial need.


  1. Student and/or family must have a permanent residence in North or South Carolina established for at least one year. Preference will be given to North Carolina residents.


  1. Student must demonstrate commitment to the Jewish community through engagement in substantive volunteer activities or employment.


  1. Student must be well-rounded as demonstrated by participation in athletic endeavors, extracurricular activities, musical interests, and/or other outside interests/hobbies.


  1. Student must attend a recognized, accredited post-secondary institution and be enrolled in a full-time program leading to a degree or professional certificate.


  1. Grants can be used for full-time undergraduate study, graduate study, or special post-secondary training (for example, vocational courses).  Grants may also be used by those already in the workforce who are going to school full-time.


  1. Grants provided are “last-dollar financing” for students to help bridge the gap between a student’s total financial resources and the cost of attending school.


  1. Student must be in good academic standing and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to maintain eligibility.



To download the application for this scholarship, please click here.  For additional information, please contact Betsy Gamburg at Jewish Family Services in Greensboro, North Carolina, 336-852-4829, ext. 225 or