Scholarship Program 2023

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. If you meet the stated criteria, we invite you to apply for a National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Colorado Section, 2023 Scholarship. The completed application due date is April 16, 2023 and late applications will not be accepted. A number of scholarships (typically $2,000 each) will be awarded and the recipients will be honored at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

The 2023 Scholarship Application is now open! Please click here to apply. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2023.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Identify as a Jewish woman
2. Must be at least 16 years old
3. Colorado resident
4. Has demonstrated financial need as evidenced in submitted FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) or CASFA, Financial Aid Award letter from post-secondary institution where the student will be attending in the 2023-24 academic year, and student responses to questions in this application. Exceptional circumstances detailed by the applicant will be taken into consideration.
5. Applied to a college, junior college, community college, vocational or technical school, and plans to attend that post-secondary institution in the 2023-24 academic year. Non-traditional and current college students are welcome to apply.
6. Acceptance letter to post-secondary institution must be provided no later than April 16, 2023.
7. Provide both FAFSA Student Aid Report and Financial Aid Award Letter.
8. Demonstrated academic performance within their class program (e.g., GED, college-prep or vocational program) [via high school or college transcript, or vocational/technical school transcript]
9. Demonstrated Jewish and/or other community involvement as well as personal growth potential [through two letters of recommendation and student essay]. One (1)  recommendation letter must be submitted by a teacher, school official, or professor plus one (1) recommendation letter letter submitted by a supervisor or mentor from within the student’s community (e.g., Jewish community or secular community)
10. Completed NCJW Scholarship Application, with all required supporting documentation, including essay and acceptance letter from higher learning institution, submitted online by April 16, 2023 deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information on our scholarship program, please contact Shelley Tuteur at

For decades we have been providing scholarships to young Jewish Colorado women in need who desiring to continue their education after high school. The scholarships are given in honor of the women who have shaped our organization and by current members for a variety of reasons. A scholarship can be perpetual or a one time event. If you would like to honor someone by providing a scholarship please contact us.

Watch a history of the NCJW, Colorado Section Scholarship Program

Watch a video about how the NCJW, Colorado Section Scholarship Program has evolved

Use the following links to read more about each scholarship and the past recipients:

Congratulations to our 2022 Scholarship recipients Adrien Kaplan and Liv Kuijper!

Adrien Kaplan

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My name is Adrien Kaplan (they/them), I’m from Boulder, CO, and I am a current student at Cornell College, double majoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Religion with a focus in Judaic Studies. I’m the current co-president of my campus Hillel, and I’m pretty easy to find running around encouraging others to come to Shabbos dinners with us (you’ll get to bake your own challah!). I’ve also spent this past summer working in research and writing a piece about LGBTQ+, disabled, Jewish individuals and the place we occupy in the world. You can usually spot me engaging in protests, hanging out with my fraternity brothers, hunched over a Yiddish textbook (Duolingo only gets you so far), playing D&D, going way too in depth on the lore of the Cars movies, or blasting the Beastie Boys out my car window.

Liv Kuijper

My name is Liv Kuijper and I was born in New York City. When I was nine years old, we moved to Denver where I attended The Denver Waldorf School from 4th grade until graduation this year. Being one of very few Jewish kids at the school was a very different experience from what I was used to in New York City and I was concerned that I would not have opportunities to express my Jewish identity. Luckily, I was able to find a bustling Jewish community at Temple Emanual Denver where I went to Hebrew School, celebrated the holidays, and went to Shwayder Camp every summer. I was also very fortunate to be able to go on the Israel Study in the summer of 2021 which was an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. In September 2022 I will be a freshman at The University of Denver, where I plan to join the Hillel House and continue to take part in Denver’s warm and welcoming Jewish community.

The 2022 Scholarship recipients were awarded scholarship funding from the following Scholarship Donors. To learn more about each scholarship, please click the link: