Read on below for special promotions, discounts and scholarship advice.
- BBYO Member Discount
BBYO members automatically receive a $50 discount off summer teen travel programs.
- Alumni Discount
Calling all BBYO Passport alumni! If you took part in a prior summer teen travel program or the March of the Living, you are automatically eligible for a $250 alumni discount off future participation in a summer teen travel program or the March of the Living.
Note: The $250 alumni discount can not be combined with any special discount.
BBYO National Scholarships
In keeping with BBYO Passport's mission to share the experience of Israel with as many Jewish teens as possible, BBYO has established a need-based, national scholarship funding for Israel travel.
• Average scholarship amount is roughly $1,000
• More than 75% of applicants receive funding
• Average household income is approximately $100,000 with a high range of $185,000
• The committee takes into account family circumstances, location, and cost of living
• Apply as soon as possible, as funding is based on availability
After registering risk-free, you will find a link to apply for a scholarship in your registration account.
- March of the Living National Scholarship
Need-based scholarship funding is available for March of the Living. After registering risk-free, you will find a link to apply for the National scholarship in your registration account. Funds are available up to $2,000/teen and according to need. Please apply as soon as possible as funding is limited.
Deadline to apply: December 4, 2014
- Milk & Honey National Summer Israel Scholarship
The Milk & Honey Scholarship is available for participation in summer Israel programs. Funds are available up to $2,000/teen and according to need. After registering, you will find the scholarship form in your registration account.
Deadline to apply: February 26, 2015
- Spitzer Fellowship for ILSI Participants
For those teens taking part in ILSI, financial assistance is being made available through the Charlotte and Jack J. Spitzer Fellowship. This fund was established to assist young people in attending ILSI where finances are a restricting factor. After registering, you will find the scholarship form in your registration account. Note: ILSI Participants are only eligible for Spitzer Fellowship funding and not Milk & Honey National Summer Israel Scholarship.
Deadline to apply: February 26, 2015
- BBYO Regional Scholarships
Teens involved in BBYO can contact their Regional/Council Staff for additional scholarships available on the regional level. Local chapters occasionally set aside scholarship money or can help raise money for members as well. In most cases, regional funds are available for summer Israel travel and for the March of the Living.
Most communities offer teen Israel travel scholarships through their local Jewish Federation or through other Jewish educational agencies. In most cases, these community funds are available only for the teens in the areas that hey serve. BBYO Passport programs in Israel meet the criteria to qualify for most of these scholarships. We have included a list of specific communities the offer such scholarships. If you do not find your hometown in the list below, check out the National Federation Directory.
Due to the nature of changes in funding and resources, we do not guarantee accuracy of the information provided nor guarantee eligibility as almost all sources are independently managed and have no connection to BBYO Passport.
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Other Funding Sources
Below is a list of various sources for potential scholarship funding that BBYO Passport participants have received in previous years. The goal of this resource is to provide prospective BBYO Passport participants information about organizations within their geographic region that have offered scholarships in the past. We do our best to provide accurate material and information from each source.
- Local Synagogue
Often, synagogues have set aside funds specifically designated for sending local teens to Israel. Call your synagogue's office to learn if they offer this type of scholarship. Departments that often have scholarship available include but are not limited to: General Scholarship Fund, Rabbi Discretionary Fund, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Israel Committee & Youth Department.
- Local Jewish Organizations
Some other local Jewish organizations may have scholarships available. Here are some potential sources in your community that are worth exploring.
- Plant your way (JNF)
- Local Holocaust Museum
- Jewish Community Center (JCC)
- Jewish Council for Your Services (JCYS)
- Jewish Family Services (JFS)
- Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE)
- Partnering Organizations
BBYO Passport is proud to partner with One Happy Camper to provide teens $1,000 off our U.S. Based Trips (Trek West USA, Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific Connect) for their first summer at a Jewish overnight camp.
This gift– made possible by your local Jewish Federation in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp– is for campers attending their first Jewish overnight summer camp experience in 2015.
Please view this list for qualifying communities, age requirements and contact information at the Eligibility Page.
- Search the Internet!
A quick internet search will reveal numerous Jewish organizations that offer money to Jewish teens traveling to Israel. Send them an e-mail and see if you qualify.
Do you know of a scholarship not listed or have updated information? Please let us know and we will post the information for others who are seeking funding for their BBYO Passport experience.