Federation's Summer Scholars Program


YOUR Jewish summer, YOUR way!

For more information, email sbloch@jcpmemphis.org.

Missed the July 1 Zoom Orientation Session?


Get up to speed and start your summer experience with a video of the recording. 

Jewish summer camps, Israel trips, and other immersive experiences are an integral part of Jewish adolescence. While this summer will surely look different than any other summer in history, we want to make it easy for you to engage Jewishly this summer! Memphis Jewish Federation has convened resources for middle and high school students who are looking for Jewish summer engagement opportunities, and will incentivize students who participate.

WHAT: A monetary incentive for Memphis Jewish middle school and high school students who participate in 30 (high school) or 25 (middle School) hours of substantive Jewish engagement this summer - see example programs we have compiled or propose your own!


WHO: Memphis Jewish middle school and high school students



  • 30 hours of Jewish engagement for high school students and 25 for middle school students between June 1 - August 6th
  • Community-wide presentation ceremony on Thursday, August 6th at 6 pm


WHY: To make this summer count, AND earn some money! ($150 for middle school students, $250 for high school students)



  1. Students must apply to participate in this program by filling out the following application, which will ask them to map out exactly how they plan to spend their 30 or 25 hours of summer Jewish engagement. We have compiled a list of sample programs to consider (see below), and encourage students to propose alternative program options or self-guided/independent Jewish study on their application if something else interests them.
  2. Each week, students will log their hours through their initial SurveyMonkey application form. Hours spent in qualified programming after June 1 can be retroactively counted toward the student's goal. 
  3. By August 6th, students will do a one-page write up about what they gained from their experiences (questions will be provided) and must present a brief reflection on their experience as well as how they plan to apply what they learned moving forward during a community-wide end-of-summer celebration which will be held online on Thursday, August 6th at 6 pm.
  4. Middle school students who fulfill all of the above requirements will earn $150, and high school students who fulfill all of the above requirements will earn $250.

Sample Programs