Financial Aid


There are a broad range of funding options to help you cover your Tikkun Olam tuition.  Many participants who choose to make a bit of extra effort are able to cover significant portions of their tuition through grants and scholarships.  Click here for the tuition breakdown, and see below to learn more about the many scholarships available.


There are lots of options for Tikkun Olam financial aid:


Feel free to contact us with any financial aid questions!


Tikkun Olam Paula Waters Scholarship Fund

Tikkun Olam now offers program scholarships to participants who have proven excellence in the fields of social action and/or active involvement within their Jewish community. Grant amounts range up to $850 per participant (for those who choose to join the program without housing accommodations, this can result in a full scholarship).


The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Paula, an alumna of the 2009-10 Tikkun Olam group whose love for Israel and passion for tikkun olam were an inspiration to all of those she touched.


In order to apply for the Paula Waters Scholarship you must:

  • Submit an additional written essay.
  • One of your two reference letters must be from a Jewish or social action organization in which you have been actively involved.
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to write a thank you note to the scholarship fund donors, as well as 3 blog posts throughout the program.


Start your application now by clicking here!


The Masa Israel Grant

Masa Israel provides a one-time grant to participants of Masa programs who qualify. Almost all of our participants qualify for the grant, which oftentimes offsets a significant portion of the program fees.


It is HIGHLY recommended that you apply for the Masa grant by filling out their online application.


The Masa Israel Needs-Based Scholarship

Applicants who can demonstrate a gross annual income of less than $22,500 (USD) are eligible for additional funding from Masa Israel.

Fill out their application to get started.


Personal Fundraising:

There are several options to collect donations from family and friends.  Several past participants have had success using this method.  Even small donations can add up quickly!


  • Plant Your Way To Israel - The Jewish National Fund's platform, where part of each donation goes towards planting trees in Israel.  The rest goes towards your Tikkun Olam tuition.
  • GoFundMe - A personal fundraising platform
  • Indiegogo - A personal fundraising platform
  • Rocket Hub - A personal fundraising platform



Additional Resources:

Masa Israel -- Masa Israel's website offers ideas for securing additional funding.


Your Community
It is strongly recommended to contact your local Jewish Federation to see what kinds of scholarships might be available in your area. If you belong to a synagogue, it is oftentimes helpful to speak with your Rabbi about financial aid possibilities. Rabbis often have additional funds set aside for young adult and/or Israel travel.


Find your local Jewish Federation

Extensive scholarship listings for overseas programs, including Israel programs.


The Amy Adina Schulman Scholarship Fund

This grant requires a commitment to educate others through lecture, program or other activities upon returning to your home or school community.  You must be willing and able to do this so others will have the opportunity to learn about and to be inspired to do similar work.

Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund

Reich scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of American students who choose to study at one of several designated Israeli universities or attend post-college long-term programs.


The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

The Israel Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies administers a limited amount of financial assistance for high school and college students to travel and study in Israel.  


The Wisam Khamees Scholarship for Arabs and Jews

The Wisam Khamees Scholarship Fund for Arabs and Jews is dedicated to supporting Israelis in their pursuit of higher education, and is committed to promoting academic advancement, equality and coexistence in Israel. 


Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Ambassadorial Scholarships look to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduates and graduate students and professionals pursuing vocational studies. 


Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to university students who are part of the progressive movement on campus or the community, actively working for peace and justice.


Haas/Koshland Memorial Award

Provides up to $20,000 to support a year of study and personal development in Israel. The award is open to college students, from sophomore year through graduate school, who are from, or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area.