About JCYS Tuition Scholarships

JCYS is proud to offer need-based tuition scholarships to families enrolled in our programs.

You can find the 2020-2021 scholarship application here.

  • If you are applying for a summer program (e.g., Big City Day Camp, Sunflower Day Camp), please submit your application by Friday, March 6.
  • If you are applying for both summer and school-year programs, please submit your application by Friday, March 6.
  • If you are applying ONLY for a school-year program, please submit your application by Friday, May 1.

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 contact Elizabeth Foster at scholarships@jcys.org or (312) 726-8891.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 6 deadline, you will be notified of your award in April; for those who submit their applications by the May 1 deadline, you will be notified of your award in June. Unfortunately, we can’t comment on individual awards before notifications are sent out.

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

If you don’t have your 2019 tax documents, the online application system will accept your 2018 forms until April 15, 2020. If you received an extension from the IRS on your 2019 taxes, or for any other document questions, please call Elizabeth Foster at (312) 726-8891 x 115 or 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.

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 2020-2021.

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.