PSU Judaic Studies nets its largest ever student scholarship

Portland State University recently received a $250,000 needs-based endowed scholarship for undergraduates majoring or minoring in Judaic Studies. The scholarship donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is thrilled to have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of students enrolled in the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU.

This is Judaic Studies’ single largest scholarship gift and will support student tuition and fees. It will be awarded for the first time during the 2013-14 academic year. Scholarship applications will be available by fall 2013. Preference will be given to in-state students, though out-of-state students also will be considered for eligibility.

While PSU is a public institution educating nearly 30,000 students, the state funds only a small portion of the University’s budget. Twenty years ago, state funding accounted for 48 percent of its budget; today, it’s less than 12 percent. To help cover costs, just last year 56 percent of PSU students receive financial aid (in the form of loans, grants, fee remissions, scholarships and/or work study). Resident undergraduates now pay 78 percent more in tuition and fees than they did just 10 years ago.  In-state undergraduates now pay approximately $23,000 a year in total costs (tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies).

"This is just the kind of support for students that we are now prioritizing in Judaic Studies,” said Prof. Michael Weingrad, chair, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at PSU. He continued, “While the recently completed Lokey Travel Fund supports students' travel to Israel, this incredibly generous new donation will enable us to ease the burden of tuition for our majors and minors and even attract new students to PSU."
 
For more information about Judaic Studies at PSU and how you can support the program, please contact  Jenn Director Knudsen, associate development director, at knud@pdx.edu, or (503) 725-2305.

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