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The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program Indiana University announces scholarships of up $20,000 ($5,000/year for four years) for incoming freshmen 2013-2014 M. Mendel and Frances M. Piser Scholarship Selma Lee Mervis Young Scholarship (for students pursuing Jewish sacred music curriculum) Friends of the Borns Jewish Studies Program Scholarships Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Scholarships Irving M. Glazer Student Scholarships Application Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2013 The scholarships are available to students entering IU Bloomington directly from high school and beginning as freshmen (bringing no more than 12 credit hours). All scholarship recipients must be full-time students and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA as majors or certificate students in Jewish Studies at IU Bloomington through the funded year/s. Students receiving four-year scholarships may use them, after their freshman year, toward a semester/year of study at Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, or Tel Aviv University in Israel, at predominantly Jewish Studies academic programs abroad, for IU sponsored or co-sponsored overseas study programs, or for full-time, unpaid Jewish Studiesrelated internships away from IU. Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and have a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment. Students committing to pursuing the major in Jewish Studies will be given priority over students who plan to pursue the Jewish Studies certificate. Deadline: All high school seniors submitting application by Friday, January 25, 2013 will be considered for all appropriate Jewish Studies scholarships. (Note: Students submitting completed applications to IU before November 1, 2012 will also automatically be considered for additional university-wide academic scholarships.) Application Procedure: Please submit: 1) Cover letter providing name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, with a signed statement of commitment to pursue either the Jewish Studies major or certificate 2) Official high school transcript 3) A personal statement that addresses plans for academic work at IU and the specific way that a major or certificate in Jewish Studies will figure in the applicant’s undergraduate education and career plan 4) A resume detailing extracurricular activities, awards, and honors 5) Two letters of recommendation. (At least one of the two recommendations must come from a high school teacher well acquainted with the student’s academic strengths and should focus on the student’s academic abilities.) Students applying for an IU Selective Application Scholarship by the deadline need only mail the Borns Jewish Studies Program a personal statement (see 3 above) and a signed statement of commitment (see 1 above). Mail, E-mail or FAX applications to: Jewish Studies Freshmen Scholarship Competition Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program Indiana University Goodbody Hall 326 1011 E. Third Street Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005 Phone (812) 855-0453, FAX (812) 855-4314; e-mail: Submission of transcripts and recommendations may be mailed or e-mailed directly to the Jewish Studies Program. Announcement of Scholarship Prizes: First round recipients: March 2, 2013; 2


round recipients: May 2, 2013.

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University offers a rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and culture in an intimate learning environment nestled within a major research university. Our distinguished faculty, outstanding staff, accomplished alumni, and supportive community work together to ensure the best possible experience for our students.

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington One of the LARGEST (more Jewish Studies majors than any U.S. public university), OLDEST (40 years), and most VIBRANT programs of its kind, the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is committed to fostering academic achievement through rigorous interdisciplinary study of the Jewish people and civilization. Our distinguished faculty, talented students, outstanding staff, and accomplished alumni all work to ensure the best possible experience for our students. Nestled within a major research university, the program offers an intimate learning environment with the type of personal attention normally associated with a small liberal arts college. We offer extensive scholarships, prizes, and internships that help to make a Jewish Studies education affordable. Every year, more than 1,600 students enroll in 50 courses in all aspects of Jewish Studies taught by a distinguished faculty of 25 (enhanced by 6 endowed chairs) drawn from 11 departments. Students engage in a wide array of extracurricular activities sponsored by the program and the Jewish Studies Student Association. What may be the greatest benefit of all for our students is the opportunity to be part of a community with other bright and highly motivated students from around the U.S. To pursue Jewish Studies at IU is to be part of a comprehensive and unusually caring program of studies, carefully built over 4 decades. There are few places that offer the range of intellectual, cultural, social, and professional opportunities in Jewish Studies that IU can. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY CAN CHOOSE TO PURSUE: A Major in Jewish Studies: The major is individualized. Most Jewish Studies majors have time to complete an additional major within the College of Arts and Sciences as well as minors inside and outside the College (ex.: the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public & Environmental Affairs). Jewish Sacred Music Curriculum: Students interested in Jewish music or a career in the cantorate can prepare through a special sequence of courses as Jewish Studies majors or as Jacobs School of Music majors. Certificate in Jewish Studies: 8 courses in Jewish Studies. Considered by the university to be an addition to a degree. Allows students in any college of the university to gain a broadbased knowledge of Jewish Studies. Open to students in the Kelley School of Business; Jacobs School of Music; and Schools of Education; Journalism; Informatics; Public and Environmental Affairs; and Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Hebrew minor in Jewish Studies: biblical Hebrew language.

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Our more than 800 alumni are graduates of rabbinical and cantorial schools, outstanding Jewish education and Jewish communal service graduate programs, and hold important positions as lawyers, doctors, administrators, entrepreneurs, and educators

WHAT THE IU JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM OFFERS: A wide variety of popular Jewish Studies courses: Over 50 Jewish Studies courses are offered each year ranging from “History of the Holocaust,” “Examining Jewish Identity,” “Jewish Mysticism”, “Contemporary Israeli Culture,” “Jews of Eastern Europe,” “Music in Judaism,” “American Jewish History,” “Women in the Bible,” “The Sacred Books of the Jews,” and biblical Hebrew, modern Hebrew, and Yiddish. The Faculty: The JSP’s professors are considered by IU students to be among the best teachers on campus. They are recognized by colleagues as among the finest Judaica scholars in the world. Jewish Studies Scholarships and Awards: In addition to generous incoming freshmen scholarships (see front page), the IU Borns Jewish Studies Program annually supports outstanding students with scholarships and internships based on merit and financial need. Jewish Studies undergraduates were awarded more than $91,000 in scholarships for this current academic year. Jewish Studies Internship and Internship Course: Each year, the JSP awards an administrative internship. All students can also enroll in an internship course each year. Regular Student-Faculty Gatherings: Fall dessert, free one-on-one lunches with faculty, spring gala dinner, dinners at faculty members’ homes for majors - all free. Professional Development Grants: Funding up to $500 available to defray the costs associated with attending extracurricular professional development in Jewish Studies. Annual Senior Prize, Yiddish Prize, and Essay Prize Honors Program: This program is designed for outstanding majors. Personalized Advising: There is a strong emphasis on supportive, close advisor-student communication. Active Jewish Studies Student Association: Many events and activities– film showings, Jewish Studies career night, bowling night, special programs. Yiddish Club: Meets every few weeks. No need to speak or read Yiddish. Films, speakers, discussions related to Yiddish and Yiddish culture. Regular Visits by Distinguished Lecturers: In the past, the JSP has brought to the Bloomington campus such notable visitors as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie Wiesel, Deborah Lipstadt, Dennis Ross, Daniel Libeskind, Emil Fackenheim, Cynthia Ozick, Yigael Yadin, Natan Sharansky, and Primo Levi. We also welcome an artist/artists-in-residence each year. Career Support/Weekly E-mail Newsletter: We mentor our students for careers related to Jewish Studies with an alumni mentor program, an annual career night (run by Alumni Fellows), and weekly emails that include about job/internships, scholarships, summer opportunities, graduate programs, and programs in Israel. Study Abroad in Israel: Spend the year or semester during your junior year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem through IU Overseas Study, or transfer credit back from Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, or Haifa University. In Spring 2009, IU had more students studying in Israel than any other university. Scholarships are available!

“I came to IU specifically for the renowned Borns Jewish Studies Program and I have not regretted my decision for a single moment. The advisors, faculty, and staff of the Borns JSP have been nothing but helpful and supportive my entire college career. The class options are tremendous and interesting. My best friends from IU were Jewish Studies majors and I have formed great relationships with Jewish Studies alumni. I even got my first job from connecting with IU Jewish Studies alumni! My professors have taken the time to get to know students. I have been to many professors’ houses for dinner. The Borns JSP is really a family and they have fostered a supporting community in the heart of Indiana unlike anything I have ever seen on another campus.” Emily Berman, Midwest Deputy Political Director, AIPAC “I had three requirements for the perfect university: a top-notch music school, a top-notch JSP, and a vibrant Jewish community. Coming to IU is probably the best decision I ever made and my JS classes were the highlight of my day throughout my four years at IU.” Rabbi Philip Ohriner, Congregation Beth David, Saratoga, CA “The Borns Jewish Studies Program is rightly known as the best program of its kind. The faculty are all leaders in their field, the advisor is incredibly knowledgeable and supportive, and the program itself is flexible enough to sustain a variety of student interests.” Aren Wilson-Wright, Jacob K. Javits Fellow and doctoral student in Hebrew Studies at the University of Texas “Becoming a JS major was the best decision I ever made during my college career. It gave me the opportunity to form a connection with professors, advisors, and students in a much more personal atmosphere than any other major I could have chosen. It also helped me to realize that I enjoy learning about Judaism and that keeping Judaism a constant part of my life is a meaningful and necessary experience for me now and in the future. The experiences I've had, the friendships I've made, and the meaning of Judaism in my life have all been a direct result of the Borns JSP.” Rabbi Elizabeth Wood, B.A., 2004, Associate Rabbi, The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, NY

High school students planning to visit Indiana University are welcome to make an appointment with the Jewish Studies advisor by calling the Jewish Studies Program several weeks before their campus visit. For more information, please contact: Dr. Carolyn Lipson-Walker Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies Program Goodbody Hall 326 1011 East Third Street Bloomington, IN 47405-7005 (812) 855-0453 e-mail:

Students interested in graduate study at Indiana University are encouraged to inquire about the master’s degree program & graduate fellowships available for 2013-2014

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