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Akiva Merit Scholarship

Each year, Schechter Westchester awards one full four-year High School tuition scholarship to an incoming 9th grade student demonstrating high academic achievement and with no prior Jewish day school background. This award enables the school to continue to fulfill its mission of providing a superb secular and Jewish college preparatory education to as many students as possible.

Each Schechter Westchester Merit Scholar participates in the unique Akiva program in Hebrew language and Judaic studies, with the goal of becoming mainstreamed in these subjects within two years. In addition, Akiva scholars enjoy the rigorous general studies program, competitive athletics, extensive arts, and a wide range of extracurricular activities. Merit Scholar applicants are also eligible to join the Engineering and Entrepreneurship* program which combines science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics (STEAM) in a three-year, team-based robotics and pre-engineering curriculum.

The dual curriculum at Schechter Westchester requires commitment, discipline and love of learning. The eight-hour school day is jam-packed with rigorous college-preparatory classes and intensive Jewish studies—and is then extended by extracurricular, leadership, and community service activities. During two months of dormitory living in Israel and Poland in their senior year, students gain additional maturity and independence that prepares them for the challenges of college academics. They prove to be campus leaders with self-sufficient living skills not often found in first-year college students.

Schechter Westchester’s academically demanding standards are evidenced by the success of our students. Last year, Schechter Westchester students scored significantly higher than the national average on the SAT college entrance exams. Paralleling that of the best private schools, our college admissions record is impressive with our graduates attending the country’s premier colleges and universities.

The application process for the Schechter Westchester Akiva Merit Scholar Program will involve completion of the application form; a personal essay about why the individual is interested in attending Schechter Westchester and why they consider themselves qualified; recommendations from two teachers; a personal recommendation from an adult other than a parent; and an interview with the selection panel. 

*  Engineering and Entrepreneurship program at Schechter Westchester is generously supported by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education.

Learn More

For more information about the Akiva Merit Scholar Program or to start a conversation about your child’s place in our Akiva program, please contact Jackie Grosser at 914-948-8333, ext. 8001.

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