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Financial aid available for area Jewish students – Deadline approachin​g!

In today’s tough economic times, we know that every dollar toward a higher education counts. That’s why we are committed to helping our community’s Jewish students pursue higher learning opportunities with less financial strain through Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service. CSLRS is a needs-based scholarship program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh administered by JF&CS, which coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies and scholarship endowment funds to provide scholarships to local Jewish students enrolled in accredited institutions of higher education.

Last year, CSLRS awarded approximately $400,000 in scholarships to more than 200 area Jewish students, and the deadline is quickly approaching for students wishing to apply to CSLRS for the 2014-2015 school year. Online applications are available at www.centralscholarship.org and are due by Tuesday, February 11. First-time applicants must be interviewed by CSLRS staff.

As many students and their families know all too well, funding for higher education can be difficult to come by. A scholarship, no matter the amount, can make all the difference for a young adult pursuing higher education.

CSLRS represents an outstanding example of how the Pittsburgh region’s Jewish community has come together to create opportunities for our children’s futures. Through CSLRS, students have access to numerous community scholarships, which provide the means to pursue and continue higher education.

Any Jewish high school senior or students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or technical school with demonstrated financial need and living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties can apply and are encouraged to visit the CSLRS website to learn more and access the online application before the February 11th deadline.

For questions or additional information about eligibility requirements, please visit www.centralscholarship.org or contact Alayne Lowenberger, JF&CS scholarship program director, at 412-422-7200.