JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program

Washington D.C., 2015

The Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program is a 2-year scholarship program that offers students at Hunter College the opportunity to explore careers in public policy and public service throughout their junior and senior years. Competitively-selected Scholars receive tuition assistance, a paid summer internship in New York, a 3-day Washington DC seminar, dedicated workshops, and invitations to special events at Roosevelt House.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars program is made possible by a generous grant from JFEW, the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women.

How to Become a JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar:

If you’re a sophomore or sophomore equivalent during the Spring 2016 semester and meet the requirements below, consider applying to the JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars Program. Those selected as JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars will receive generous tuition assistance scholarships, a paid internship placement in the summer of 2017, a free trip to Washington and access to special events and dedicated workshops at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute as part of the two-year program; participation in the program is open to both men and women.

Program Participants will be selected during their sophomore year on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership in academic and community activities, financial need, and the articulation of the applicants’ interest in pursuing careers related to public policy and public service and their commitment to enhancing the status of women in public policy and public service.

JFEW Scholars Workshop

JFEW Scholars Workshop

In order to be considered for the Program, an applicant must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for each semester during the Program;
  • Demonstrate financial need (must have a current FAFSA on file);
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 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.; and
  • 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.

To apply, please send a resume that includes all relevant activities, including volunteer work, an unofficial transcript, and 3-4 paragraphs about what you consider an important public policy issue to Laura Holbrook at with “JFEW Application” in the subject line.

For more information or to start the application process contact Laura Holbrook at


Washington, D.C., 2014