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The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship for 2019/2020

The Financial Aid team would like to announce an upcoming scholarship opportunity through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Academic Scholarship Program. This scholarship is aimed to help Jewish college and graduate students with their education costs, and assistance is available for those with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000, and are renewable.

The deadline to apply for the 2019/2020 academic year is February 1, 2019. The full eligibility requirements are listed on their website below, which includes availability for an in-person interview between March 1 and April 20, 2019. If you qualify and would like to apply this scholarship, we encourage you to add the deadline to your calendar as soon as possible.

Find the full scholarship details and eligibility requirements on their website at

As always, please check SIPA’s External Funding Database for other opportunities.

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

The Financial Aid team — along with wishing you the merriest of holidays — would like to announce these upcoming scholarship opportunities.

As always, please check SIPA’s External Funding Database for other opportunities. If you qualify and would like to apply for any of the following scholarships, we encourage you to add the deadline to your calendar as soon as possible.

  • Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
    Deadline: January 9, 2019
    Eligibility: Women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard or children of a woman who has served honorably in the Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Pride Foundation Scholarships
    Deadline: January 11, 2019
    Eligibility: Northwest residency (may study elsewhere) – currently live in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and have lived there for at least 3 months prior to applying OR have lived within one of those states for at least 1 year at any time within 5 years prior to application deadline.
    These scholarships support students who leadership within the LGBTQ community, lack a broader LGBTQ support system, face additional barriers to educational access, and demonstrate financial need.
  • Point Foundation Scholarships
    January 28, 2019
    Eligibility: Full-time students with financial need who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Margaret McNamara Education Grants
    Deadline: January 15, 2019
    Eligibility: At least 25 years old; Nationals of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility ListNot hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status.
  • Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships
    Deadline: January 18, 2019
    Eligibility: Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada; Plan to pursue career in state/provincial or local government finance.
    Multiple awards are available — please see the website for specific details on each.

Scholarship Opportunities of Interest

SIPA’s Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of scholarships and provides links to other free scholarship search sites here. We encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled.

Here are upcoming opportunities that may be of interest to some students:

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Application deadline: November 15, 2018

The AAUW awards international fellowships for full-time graduate study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Note AAUW also offers other scholarship opportunities to American and international women. More information about this is available here.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

Application deadline: December 15, 2018

P.E.O., founded in 1869, has awarded International Peace Scholarships to women from other countries to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. and Canada since 1949.  The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500 and award decisions are based on demonstrated need.


  • International female students pursuing full-time graduate studies at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
  • In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not eligible, however students with residency for tax purposes only are eligible.

Straus Historical Society and American-Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Enrolling at SIPA – and living in New York City – represents a serious financial obligation. SIPA has made a firm commitment in recent years to devoting more resources to scholarship and fellowship programs, and fundraising efforts continue so that we can make a SIPA education more affordable.

External resources available as well, from all over the world, and SIPA students annually find millions of dollars in such scholarships each year. Our Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of such scholarships, along with providing links to other free scholarship search sites, and we encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled.

We have recently come across two awards that may be of interest to some applicants, but please check our website and keep updated with this very Admissions Blog for many more opportunities: 

Straus Historical Society

The goal the Straus Historical Society scholarship program is to help support the continuing education of a student or students whose professional goal is in the field of public service.  The Society defines public service as employment in government, the uniform services, public interest in non-governmental research and/or educational and nonprofit organizations, such as those whose primary purposes or to help needy or disadvantage persons or to protect the environment.  Columbia University is one of only three schools selected for applications for the 2019/2020 school year. The application can be found on the Straus Historical Society website.

Application deadline: November 1, 2018.

The  American-Scandinavian Foundation

The Foundation offers over $500,000 in funding to students from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway to undertake graduate level study and research in the United States. Awards are made in all fields. See this website for more information.

The application will open in November, with a deadline of April 1, 2019.

Here’s what SIPA means by ‘early action’

The early action or early decision deadline means different things depending on the institution and level of study. Some programs require a binding commitment to the program of admission (and withdrawal of applications at other institutions upon admission), while others just give you an admission decision sooner without a binding commitment. At SIPA, we use the terms interchangeably, and I’m pleased to share we’re part of the flexible camp. So if you’re admitted to SIPA as an early-action candidate, then it means your decision is non-binding. (Yay for you!)

When is the early-action deadline? Well, it’s coming up pretty soon: November 2, 2016 11:59 p.m. EST. To be eligible for this deadline, all of your application materials must be submitted on time. There are a couple of advantages to meeting this deadline:

  1. You apply early, so you get a decision early: typically by the first week of January. (Type A personalities unite!)
  2. If you’ve applied for an outside fellowship, like the PPIA or another program, you typically need to tell the granting organization that you’ve been admitted to graduate school earlier in the year than when most admissions applicants are due. Thus, that’s where Advantage No. 1 comes into play.
  3. You’re still eligible for SIPA’s merit-based scholarships/fellowships. In rare circumstances you’ll hear about your fellowship decision at the time of admission, but most students have to wait until after the final Fall application deadline. So most of you will hear about your fellowship consideration in early March when the remainder of admissions decisions are released.

There you have it; in a nutshell that is what we mean by “early action.” If you have any questions about this process, as always give us a call at 212-854-62126 or email at For specific questions regarding fellowships and/or financial aid, email our financial aid department at

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