The Right To Learn Scholarship

Are you a former or current New York ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva student passionate about pursuing a college degree?

We want to help.

Getting your degree may be challenging. Paying for it shouldn't be.

The goal of the Yaffed Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to those seeking to acquire higher education. Scholarship funds are to be used towards college tuition. 

While there is no cost to apply for the scholarship, recipients will be required to contribute to Yaffed’s mission in a way that is best suited to them. There are several options to fulfill this requirement, such as being featured on Yaffed’s UnEducated Podcast, writing an op-ed to be published in a news outlet, meeting with elected officials to discuss the state of yeshiva education, speaking at press conferences, and being featured in social media campaigns and videos.

Due to the sensitive nature of this issue, we understand that some applicants may not be comfortable being involved publicly in our mission. In that case, we are happy to discuss opportunities for individuals to contribute anonymously.

Please email scholarships@yaffed.org with any questions. 

Helping you achieve your goals

By the numbers:

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  • The applicant must be a current student or graduate of a New York-based ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva or school.
  • Scholarship funds can be used towards tuition at an accredited college or university.
  • Scholarship funds will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement.
  • Scholarship recipients will sign a contract agreeing to assist Yaffed in our mission.
  • The application consists of four sections: personal information, a reference letter, a video submission, and an essay section. All information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only to determine scholarship eligibility.
  • Deadline to apply is July 30th, 2022.


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      Tell us about yourself: write two brief paragraphs about your yeshiva education and how it has impacted your goals. If you are a prior recipient, add a few sentences about how college has changed you or about the progress you have made thus far in college.
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        Please upload a video explaining how your yeshiva education has impacted you thus far in your life, and what you would like to achieve through the education program in which you are participating.
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          “I never thought I was going to get into college. So when I was presented with the opportunity, I took it and hoped that I would receive the support I needed to be able to support myself through my academic career. Thanks to Yaffed, I’ve been able to continue my studies. I am grateful to Yaffed for fighting for fair access to education for all.”
          Avii Van Praagh
          John Jay College for Criminal Justice
          "It is my sincere honor to have been chosen to be a recipient of the Yaffed scholarship this past year. This scholarship helped me make a long, yearned-for, dream come true. It allowed me to access a world of opportunities that will take me far and shape my future. The journey I chose was, and still is, difficult, therefore feeling supported means so much. Wherever I go from here, whatever I accomplish in the future, I will always be grateful to those who enabled me to get this far!"
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