fbpx

About JCYS Tuition Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year, including 2021 summer programs, are now open. Click here to access the application.

  • If you are applying for a summer program (e.g., Sunflower Day Camp), the deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 5. 
  • If you are applying for both summer and school-year programs, the deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 5. ​
  • If you are applying ONLY for a school-year program, the deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 7. 

Please note that your child must be enrolled in a JCYS program to receive a scholarship. If you have any questions or need help, please email scholarships@jcys.org.

JUF Right Start Scholarships

Looking for information about JUF Right Start scholarships (signature voucher for the first child to attend a Jewish early childhood education program or a sibling voucher for additional children)? All JCYS Family Centers are JUF Right Start-affiliated and children enrolled in JCYS early childhood education programs are eligible for these scholarships. However, please note that JCYS does not administer JUF Right Start scholarships. If you would like to learn more about this program or apply, please see the JUF website here.

JCYS Scholarship FAQs

Is there a separate application for summer and school-year programs?

No. One application covers both; just note in the application whether you’re applying for summer programs, school-year programs, or both.

I don’t have all my documents; can I still apply?

If you don’t have your 2020 tax documents, the online application system will accept your 2019 forms until April 15th. If you received an extension from the IRS on your 2020 taxes, or for any other document questions, please email scholarships@jcys.org to discuss your specific situation.

Do I need to pay the fee every year? Why do I need to pay a fee?

Yes, applicants do need to pay the fee every year. The $35 fee is an application processing fee that must be paid each time an application is submitted.

Have you decided on my award yet? When will I be notified about my award?

The committee meets regularly during the scholarship process and parents will be notified by email once their award is finalized. For those who submit their applications by the March 5 deadline, you will be notified of your award in April; for those who submit their applications by the May 7 deadline, you will be notified of your award in June. Unfortunately, we can’t comment on individual awards before notifications are sent out.

If I have two students, do I need to pay the fee twice ($70 total)?

No. The $35 fee covers an entire family’s application for one year. No matter how many students you are applying for, you only need to pay the fee once.

Do I need to pay one fee for summer scholarships and another for school-year scholarships?

No. One fee per family covers both summer and school-year programs for 2021-2022.

Can I get a scholarship for Park District camps or other programs through JCYS?

No. JCYS only awards scholarships to children enrolled in JCYS programs, and the scholarships only go towards JCYS tuition. We are unable to help families with tuition assistance for non-JCYS programs.