Jewish Community Fellowship

Deadlines to apply for admission for Fall 2018 semester:

November 1, 2017 – Early Decision
November 15, 2017 – Early Action
December 1, 2017 – Deadline to apply for scholarships

Scholarship description and requirements

Rhodes College is pleased to make available five $10,000 merit scholarships to students who participate in Jewish life in their communities across the United States. Eligible students must be first-year student applicants, apply for admission to Rhodes by Early Action November 15th for the Fall 2018 semester, be offered admission and choose to enroll at Rhodes. Fellowship applications will be reviewed by Jewish Community Partners (JCP) of Memphis and JCP will recommend applicants to Rhodes based on their participation in Jewish life and service and based on the responses to an essay prompt. A cover letter, a resume, and a 500-word essay will be required for the JCP recommendation. The essay prompt can be found below.

Recommended students will be considered for admission and scholarship to Rhodes on a competitive basis. Students winning scholarship recognition will receive a Jewish Community Fellowship from Rhodes of $10,000 renewable for up to three years.

Competitive students may receive academic scholarship in a larger amount; however, the scholarships may not be combined and the larger scholarship will be awarded with a letter of recognition for the recommendation from Jewish Community Partners.

Fellowship awardees are expected to become active in Jewish life at Rhodes and to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Assume a leadership role at Hillel of Rhodes
  • Write an article about Jewish life at Rhodes for print and electronic distribution
  • Make a presentation about Jewish life at Rhodes at a Jewish Community Partners board meeting

Essay prompt

We live in an increasingly complicated world. How does your involvement in Jewish life influence the way you foresee accomplishing Rhodes’ vision of “graduating students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world?”

Jewish Community Fellowship application

Background on Memphis Jewish Community

The Memphis Jewish community is a full-service, vibrant community with seven synagogues, Hillels on both the Rhodes and University of Memphis campuses, a beautiful and first-rate Jewish Community Center, engaging programming for youth and young adults, outstanding Jewish preschools, day schools and religious schools, an active Jewish Federation, kosher food options, award-winning residential nursing home and rehabilitation facility and more.

Questions/Additional information

At Rhodes College, please contact Ali Hamilton, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 901-843-3706/

At Jewish Community Partners, please contact Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein, Director of Community Impact: 901-767-7100/