Apply for a JELF Interest-Free Loan for Higher Education Beginning March 1, 2018

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

Need Money for School for the 2018-19 Academic Year?

Open Date:  March 1
Submission Deadline: April 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). 

Note: The JELF has closed for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. Check back between September 1-30 to find information about the spring/summer 2019 terms only.

For more information, contact Betsy Gamburg.


Jewish Family Services Provides Scholarships to those in need. 

The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund


The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Endowment Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro offered one scholarship in the amount of $2500 for the academic year 2018-2019. The scholarship award recipient has been selected and the scholarship application is now closed. Please check back for more information.

Eligible candidates are young adults who are residents of either North or South Carolina and are pursuing full-time post-secondary education in an accredited program. The selected recipient must be demonstrate a commitment to advancing women in leadership roles as well as in a field of their choice and be involved in Jewish life. Please download both application and guidelines.

The Fund is celebrating its tenth year and has assisted eight recipients in their pursuit of college and post-college work. 

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 to applicants residing in North or South Carolina attending accredited post-secondary schools as full-time students. The selected recipient must demonstrate a commitment to advancing women in leadership roles and show commitment and involvement in their chosen field. Involvement in the Jewish community must be demonstrated.




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


Note: The Pliner Scholarship recipients have been chosen for the academic year 2018-2019. Please return to this site in January of 2019 to see if the scholarship opens again for additional applicants in the academic year 2019-2020.


For additional information, please contact Betsy Gamburg at Jewish Family Services in Greensboro, North Carolina, 336-852-4829, ext. 225 or