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Illini Hillel is proud to offer three scholarship opportunities for students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


This scholarship is aimed at enhancing Jewish learning and ritual at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through practice and learning.

heerey family

now open for fall 2024

karson family

The Karson family scholarship fosters Jewish student leadership at the University of Illinois.
The award goes to an incoming freshman at the beginning of each fall semester.

The fund was established in memory of the beloved Brett, Bill and Thelma, University of Illinois alumni and loving parents and grandparents.


open on a rolling basis

Joe Pedott Student Assistance Fund

The Joe Pedott Student Assistance Fund supports Jewish students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with financial needs who need immediate financial support to alleviate a short-term hardship such as: food insecurity, housing and utilities support, medical bills, educational materials (tuition not included).

Grants are limited and may not always be available. Applicants for this grant must therefore first determine if their needs can be met through an Emergency Loan, available from the University Of Illinois Office Of Student Financial Aid. Hillel’s staff may offer additional solutions and referrals.

This fund is geared towards Jewish students who are currently enrolled with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and can provide proof and documentation for on-going financial need and/or an immediate financial need that cannot be covered by the student and their support network. 

If you are in need of assistance or want to apply email one of the following staff members:

Erez Cohen:
Carly Froomkin:
Heather Paul:


Hillel International Scholarships

In support of Hillel's mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, Hillel International is pleased to offer four different scholarship opportunities to Jewish students for the 2023-2024 academic year

Jules and Gwen Knapp campus leadership award

Hillel graduate student award


Handeli first-year student scholarship

Jules and Gwen Knapp first-generation student award

open for the 2023-2024 academic year

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