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Financial Aid

Ramah Darom is committed to ensuring that every parent has the opportunity to give their child the enriching benefits of a Jewish summer camp experience.

Your first step is to complete your Camp application. Once completed, there are several sources that offer scholarships and financial assistance to families.

The majority of financial aid comes from local sources. Please see our Financial Aid 1, 2, 3 below for more information and for links to applications. We encourage you to speak to your Rabbi, contact your local federation and ask community leaders about funding opportunities in your area.

Your first-time camper may also be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant of up to $1000!

For those needing additional assistance beyond your local sources, Ramah Darom does provide scholarships – see #3 below. We also offer payment plans.

If the Ramah Darom application fee causes your family hardship, please contact Deanne Brown (dbrown@ramahdarom.org) to discuss options.

Financial Aid 1, 2, 3

1. Keep It Local

Contact your local federations and synagogues for information regarding camp scholarships and deadlines. Be sure to also speak with your Rabbi, local Sister/Brotherhoods and Jewish Family Services. We have provided some links below.

ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS or TENNESSEE RESIDENTS

https://jcrs.org/services/camp-scholarship-aid/

Priority Deadline: February 15, 2021 (Opens November 1, 2020)

Contact: Janice Zazulak at Janice@jcrs.org or (504) 828-6334

LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA and FLORIDA PANHANDLE RESIDENTS

Goldring Family Foundation – First-year camper up to $1500

https://jefno.org/youth-camping/goldring-summer-camp/

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Contact: Debbie Berins  debbie@jefno.org

GEORGIA

ATLANTA-AREA FAMILIES: Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) and Ramah Darom both use a single application, completed and submitted to JFGA. Financial aid awards for those completing the JFGA application will be made on a rolling basis according to a series of scheduled notification intervals. You are not required to complete Ramah Darom’s FACTS application.

Atlanta Jewish Federation

Jewish Camp Initiative

Scholarship Application

Contact: Rabba Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez at jewishcamp@jewishatlanta.org

FLORIDA

Boca, Delray and Highland Beach

https://ralesjfs.org/services/foodandfinancialservices/summer_camp_scholarship/

Contact: Shari Cohen at 561-852-3171 or shariw@ralesjfs.org

 

Broward County

Jewish Summer Camps

Contact: Rochelle Baltuch – camp@jewishbroward.org or at 954-660-2077

 

Gainesville, Ocala, and surrounding areas

Jewish Council of North Central Florida: Webpage, Form

Contact: Virginia Brissette Hirshik, office@jcncf.org   352- 371-3846

 

Miami DADE Federation

https://jewishmiami.org/socialize/events/overnight_camp_scholarship/2021/

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021

Contact: Inbar Cohen at 786.866.8431 or icohen@gmjf.org

 

Palm Beach (Boynton Beach north through Vero Beach)

https://hebrewfreeloan.wufoo.com/forms/q112drh602y79wt/

Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2021

Contact: Abigail Zohn at Abigail.zohn@jewishpalmbeach.org

 

Palm Beach County

National Council for Jewish Women – Valencia Shores Section

Requirements: Palm Beach County Resident, Camper must be 13 years of age or younger. This is a needs-based scholarship or for families with extenuating circumstances.

Contact: Sandy Platzman at 561-968-4415 or sandymae@gmail.com or download an application.

 

Pinellas and Pasco County 

https://www.jewishgulfcoast.org/grants/summer-scholarships

Contact: Diana Morin at dmorin@jewishpinellas.org or 727-530-3223

 

Sarasota

https://jfedsrq.org/camp

Deadline: Jan 31, 2021

Contact: Trudi Krames  941.706.0037  TKRAMES@JFEDSRQ.ORG

 

Tampa

https://www.jewishtampa.com/lilahtov

Deadline: November 13

Contact: Alissa Fischel at alissa.fischel@jewishtampa.com or (813) 769-4726

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Greensboro NC

https://www.shalomgreensboro.org/jewish-family-services/camp-grants-and-scholarships

Contact: Carly Dunno at  cdunno@shalomgreensboro.org or call (336) 852-5433 x243

 

Western North Carolina Residents 

http://onejewishasheville.org/wnc-federation-jewish-summer-camp-scholarships/

Contact: Bella Frishman administrator@JewishAsheville.org

SOUTH CAROLINA

Charleston

https://www.jewishcharleston.org/camp/financial-resources

Contact: Sara Chesley at saras@jewishcharleston.org or call 843-614-6491

TENNESSEE

Nashville and Middle Tennessee

https://www.jewishnashville.org/resources/youth-opportunities/need-based-camp-scholarships

Deadline: End of February 2020

Contact: Becky Gunn at the Jewish Federation office, 615-356-1624, or by email, becky@jewishnashville.org

 

Memphis

https://jcpmemphis.org/what-we-do/scholarships

Requirements: Must be affiliated with a Jewish organization and live in the Memphis area-Memphis, Germantown, Arlington, Collierville or Tennessee.

Contact: Carolyn Pruitt at cpruitt@jcpmemphis.org or 901-767-8517

 

TEXAS

Dallas

https://www.djcf.org/rosenbloom2019

Deadline: March 3, 2020.

Contact: rosenbloomscholarship@djcf.org

 

Houston

Camp & Israel Scholarships

2. Check Out These Additional Resources

Local Jewish Federation: jewishfederations.org/federation-finder

The link above will take you to a map.  Simply click on your state, and see a list of all Jewish Federation contacts in your area!

First Time Campers

One Happy Camper: jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper

PJ Goes to Camp: pjlibrary.org/beyond-books/pj-goes-to-camp

Military Families

In appreciation of their service to the United States, families with at least one parent in active American military service are eligible for a 40% tuition discount at all Ramah overnight camps.

Contact: The National Ramah office at (212) 678-8881 or email info@campramah.org

3. Apply for a Ramah Darom scholarship (Only after completing steps 1 and 2 above)

After applying to all available local sources for financial aid, families in need of additional assistance for Camp may apply for a Ramah Darom scholarship. Families must be able to demonstrate financial need by submitting a full application including all required documents. Available funds are limited.

Ramah Darom partners with FACTS to process Camp scholarship applications. FACTS is a highly secure system used by more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools and camps. They handle the collection of your application, supporting documents and validation of the information provided. FACTS charges a $30 fee per family.

If you have already applied to all available local funding sources, please click here to apply for a Ramah Darom scholarship:  https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4KRRHNote that even if you do not yet have all the required materials, you can begin the application process and upload additional materials at a later date. If the FACTS fee causes your family hardship, please contact Deanne Brown (dbrown@ramahdarom.org) to discuss options.

The deadline to submit a completed Ramah Darom scholarship application is February 5, 2021. Every scholarship application is reviewed in detail by the Scholarship Committee of Ramah Darom’s Board of Directors. All information is kept strictly confidential. We endeavor to notify families of the Committee’s decisions as early as possible, but we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as this is a very time-consuming process and our Committee consists of volunteers. All families will be notified by early May at the very latest.


ATLANTA-AREA FAMILIES: You do NOT need to complete a FACTS application. Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA) and Ramah Darom both use a single application, completed and submitted to JFGA. 


What if I miss the deadline?

First priority is given to applications received by the February 5, 2021 deadline.

After the Committee has completed reviewing all applications received by February 5, limited funds may still be available for families whose applications were received after the deadline. If you are applying after February 5, we encourage you to complete the FACTS application and contact Deanne in our finance department to better understand what resources might still be available.

 

Ramah Darom scholarships are made possible in part by generous support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Endowment.

If you have any questions regarding financial aid resources or need to work out a payment plan, we are happy to assist you. Please email Deanne Brown (dbrown@ramahdarom.org) or call 404.531.0801.