JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program

Do you think deeply about social issues? Join us to make a difference!

The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program is a two-year scholarship program that provides qualified candidates opportunity to explore careers in public policy and public service.

The deadline for applications for the 2019-2021 cohort has been EXTENDED to April 5, 2019. To apply, please submit the following documents as separate PDF attachments to Monica Parks, Public Policy Program and JFEW Scholarship Manager, at You must include “JFEW Application” in the subject line of your email.

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 3-4 paragraphs (approximately 250 words) on an important public policy issue of your choice: why the issue is important, who it impacts, and what needs to be done. Pick a topic that you are passionate about and convey why the topic bears attention.

Upon acceptance, scholars receive tuition assistance, mentorship, a paid summer internship in New York, a three day seminar in Washington, D.C., dedicated workshops, and invitations to special events at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.

This program and its unique offerings are made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women.

Whether Scholars are interested in applying to law school, graduate school, or a position in the public service and/or public policy field, the JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship Program is dedicated to preparing students for a range of post-graduate endeavors.

How to Become a JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar:

If you are a sophomore or sophomore-equivalent during the Spring 2018 semester and meet the following requirements , consider applying to the JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program.

To qualify for the JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program, applicants must:

  • Be a current Sophomore
  • Demonstrate financial need (must have a current FAFSA on file);
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for each semester during the Program;
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for each semester during the Program;
  • Demonstrate a strong connection to New York City;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.;
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to enhancing the status and role of women in the fields of public policy and public service.


Applicants to the Program cannot be enrolled in the CUNY Macaulay Honors Program.