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The Rose Project provides subsidies and scholarships to individuals and grants for projects that further its mission to enhance Jewish student life on Orange County college campuses, empower Jewish student leaders and engage the broader Orange County community.

Scholarships for Incoming UC Irvine Freshmen

The Hillel Jewish Student Leadership Scholarships and Rabbi Allen Krause Memorial Scholarship are competitive scholarship programs available to incoming Jewish UCI freshmen. Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded each year to students with leadership experience in their Jewish and secular communities. Scholarships are renewable following demonstration of leadership in UCI's Jewish community. Each scholarship is contingent on the student being admitted to, and attending, UCI starting in the fall 2014 quarter.

The scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Rose Project and Hillel Foundation of Orange County.

To apply for one these scholarships, please submit the following:

  • A resumé outlining your Jewish and secular leadership experience. Please include your name, address, phone number, email and current high school.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals with whom you have worked in a leadership capacity.
  • A one-page essay describing (a) a situation in which you acted as a leader in your Jewish or secular community. What challenge did you need to overcome and how did you do so? What impact did your action have on the community? (b) Your ideas for involvement in the UCI Jewish and/or secular communities; and (c) Any Israel experience you may have had.

Complete applications must be received electronically by 5:00 pm Friday, February 1, 2014. Submit applications to Please address questions to Lisa Armony at 949-435-3484 or All decisions related to the scholarship program rest with the Rose Project and Hillel, and not with UCI.


Successful grants will fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Israel advocacy training and leadership development opportunities
  • Creative approaches to positively impacting public opinion about Israel
  • Bridge-building outreach opportunities between the Jewish community and groups of other faiths and cultural backgrounds
  • New and innovative programs that emphasize strategic outreach to large audiences
  • Engagement programming targeted toward Taglit-Birthright Israel participants for pre- and post-trip outreach


Rose Project grants are provided to university students, campus professionals and community members who create, implement and evaluate value-added, outcomes-based programs in the areas of Israel advocacy, leadership development, or bridge-building. These programs should make a significant impact on campus and/or in the community and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Programs must reach and influence the thinking and/or behavior of a significant number of participants.
  • Programs must create interaction, bringing together participants for active engagement in accumulating knowledge or skills, sharing thoughts, feelings and memories or building relationships.
  • Programs must contain specific desired outcomes and provide a strategy and specific mechanisms for measuring outcomes.
  • Proposals must include a detailed plan and specific mechanisms for tracking and following-up with participants, maintaining the momentum of the project and measuring the success of the project in future years.
  • Expenses contained in proposed budgets must be researched prior to submission of a grant application. The Project will not consider applications whose budgets are based on best guesses or estimates.


Grants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the program's start date. Applicants may be contacted by Rose Project staff shortly after submitting a grant application to discuss the proposal in more detail. Applicants will be notified of funding determinations via e-mail 2-4 weeks after the grant application is submitted.

No Funding Will Be Awarded For

  • Alcohol
  • Fundraisers
  • Food that is not served kosher style
  • Regularly offered programs
  • Retroactive requests
  • Programs that do not advance a specific, measurable outcome


Unless otherwise specified, all advertisements, flyers, newspaper articles, Facebook pages and ads, brochures and other publicity materials must visibly state that the project was funded by the Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County.

Funding Schedule

Successful grant applicants will receive payments in three installments. The first installment will be disbursed within 3 weeks of grant application approval. In order for the second installment to be disbursed by commencement of the program, please submit copies of publicity materials 2 weeks before the program begins. The third installment will be disbursed upon receipt of a final evaluation report.

In order to maximize Rose Project resources, if the total of awarded funding, including additional grants from Jewish Federation & Family Services, for this request is greater than the total cost of the program (including tuition, fees and transportation), the Rose Project grant will be reduced so that the total payment package will be equal to, or less than, the final cost of the selected program.

Expectations of Grantees

  • Update Rose Project staff about their program's progress on a weekly basis.
  • Submit copies of all publicity materials and media stories to Rose Project staff in a timely manner.
  • Be available to attend at least one Rose Council meeting to report on the success of the program.
  • Complete all evaluations and respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Employ strategies for tracking and following up with participants once the program has ended.

For more information, contact Lisa Armony at 949-435-3484 or


Scholarships are offered to University students in Orange County for advocacy training and leadership development opportunities.

For more information, contact Lisa Armony at 949-435-3484 or

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