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Scheck Hillel Merit Scholarship

Scheck Hillel Community School is the place for students with a passion for academic excellence...a commitment to core values...a love of the arts...a desire to grow and nurture their Jewish identity. It’s where dreams are ignited and achievement is valued.

Through multi-year merit scholarships of up to 100% full tuition in three categories of academics, character and arts, Scheck Hillel celebrates outstanding academic achievement, exemplary character traits and remarkable artistic talent. 

Scholarships are available to begin Fall 2021. At the highest level, a rising Grade 9 student can be recognized with a full scholarship throughout all four years of high school. For 2021-2022, such grants are available for rising Grade 9 and Grade 10 students who achieve at the highest level, based on the following criteria. 

To learn more, please contact Betty Salinas, Director of Admissions. Applications close January 31, 2021.

Scholarship Criteria for All Three Categories
  • Apply to or enroll in Grade 9 or Grade 10 at Scheck Hillel Community School for 2020-2021. (For your convenience, you may take the scholarship tests prior to formally applying for admission to Scheck Hillel.)
  • Live by the school’s core values and embody the traits of Scheck Hillel’s Portrait of the Graduate.
  • Demonstrate aptitude and commitment.
  • Take the SSAT and self-reflective surveys measuring growth mindset, character and perseverance. (Current Scheck Hillel students do not need to take if taken in the last 12 months, but are welcome to take on one of the Merit Scholarship testing dates.)*
  • Participate in an interview with Scheck Hillel Review Committee.

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  • Academic Scholarship Criteria

    • Submit a transcript that demonstrates high academic achievement at your current school. (Not necessary for current Scheck Hillel students.)
    • Take reading and math standardized, adaptive tests.* 
  • Character Scholarship Criteria

    • Submit a transcript that demonstrates a commitment to academics at your current school. (Not necessary for current Scheck Hillel students.)
    • Submit a resume that demonstrates strong character.
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from a mentor or advisor from any community work in which you may be involved.
    • Write a short essay (250-750 words). Please reflect on the scenario below and describe what you would choose to do. We are most interested in your thought process and why you chose your answer.
    Congratulations! You were elected by your grade to be the treasurer for this school year. One of your primary responsibilities is to decide where the $2,500 that was collected for tzedakah this year should be given. The student body and administration have given you only two directions:
    1. All of the money must be sent to one of the three nonprofits below, identified by student election.
    2. All the money must go to the same place.
    Charity 1: A local animal shelter that rehabilitates abused pets and helps people adopt them. Several classmates have pets adopted from here and the animals are very cute.

    Charity 2: A charity in Israel that provides small loans to poor people enabling them to get back on their feet. Last year’s class donated here and received an award when they visited during their Israel trip.

    Charity 3: A national blood bank that sends busses to schools and businesses asking them to donate blood. The head of the company recently lost an election to be mayor and they give great gifts!

    Question: Which charity do you choose and why? What values draw you to that charity and how would you explain to a classmate who did not vote for that option why you chose it?
  • Arts Scholarship Criteria

    • Submit a transcript that demonstrates high achievement in the arts at your current school or program. (Not necessary for current Scheck Hillel students.)
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from an advisor involved in your arts courses or arts experience beyond school.
    • Visual Arts: Submit a portfolio of selected works: 10 high-resolution digital images representative of original works. At the interview, present a varied portfolio of 10-15 physical works, which may include reproductions. (Please submit digital images to admissions@ehillel.org.)
    • Performing Arts (Orchestra, Band, Theatre): Submit a recorded audition demonstrating your current level of artistry (2-3 minute video via Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive or YouTube) and perform the same or new material at your interview. (Note: Rules of Kol Isha apply, which do not permit for live female vocal solos.)(Please submit to admissions@ehillel.org.)
    • Portfolios and auditions will be evaluated with a rubric in areas of technique, self-direction, problem-solving and critical response.
  • Applicant Testing Dates

    Sunday, November 15, 2020, 8:30 AM, at Scheck Hillel Community School
    Sunday, December 13, 2020, 8:30 AM, at Scheck Hillel Community School
    Sunday, January 10, 2021, 8:30 AM, at Scheck Hillel Community School
  • Maintaining a Merit Scholarship**:

    Merit Scholarships require students to maintain the following qualifications**:
    • Good standing citizenship and discipline records
    • Participation in school and community events when asked to serve as a representative
    Academic: Weighted overall GPA of 4.0 in all courses and 15 hours of community service on campus per school year (in addition to service hours required for graduation)

    Weighted overall GPA of 3.0 and 15 hours of community service on campus per school year (in addition to service hours required for graduation)

    Weighted GPA of 4.0 in all arts courses, a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all other studies and 15 hours of community service for the school’s arts department per school year (in addition to service hours required for graduation)
    Merit scholarship applicants may also apply for tuition assistance

    We invite and encourage you to apply for a Scheck Hillel Merit Scholarship. B’hatzlecha!

    *Administered by Scheck Hillel Community School 
    **Scholarship recipients are determined by Scheck Hillel’s Merit Scholarship Committee. Qualifications to maintain scholarships are considered by Ben Lipson Upper School administration upon the start of every fall and spring semester.

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Scheck Hillel By The Numbers

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  • AP Scholar Awards in 2020

  • College dual enrollment

  • Percentile in U.S. on SAT

  • Student: teacher ratio

From Early Childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and service learning. Our 14 acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional academic expansion plans. Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We are more than your child’s school; we are your family’s community.