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Student Awards in Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

CSULB’s Jewish Studies Program announces the following scholarships and student award opportunities for 2016:

The Toni and Alex Horowitz Scholarship: two awards of $2000 (Award ID# 10445)

The Toni and Alex Horowitz Scholarship is awarded to a student in the College of Liberal Arts with a focus on Jewish Studies. To qualify, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better, and be an undergraduate in his or her junior or senior year. Applicants must submit a 1-3 page paper discussing why they wish to focus on Jewish Studies and what they plan to do upon graduation. The student should also be actively involved in community service within the Jewish community and address this service in his or her paper.

The George R. and Beverly August Student Award: one award of $1500 (Award ID# 10444)

Students wishing to apply for the George R. and Beverly August award must have an exemplary academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. To qualify, students must write an essay explaining why they deserve the award and how they intend to be of service to the wider community, provide a letter of recommendation from a professor, and submit a paper written for a course affiliated with Jewish Studies [for a complete list of eligible courses, see list below, or check the Jewish Studies website: ]

The Dr. and Mrs. Seymour L. and Reva S. Alban Current Year Scholarship in Jewish Studies: one award of $3500 (Award ID# 10460)

Students applying for this scholarship must demonstrate a great financial need in order to graduate. To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, must be an undergraduate in his or her junior or senior year, and must either be enrolled or have taken a course affiliated with Jewish Studies [for a complete list of eligible courses, please contact Dr. Blutinger]. Applicants should provide a written statement explaining their financial need, a list of their income and expenses for the semester, and a copy of their Financial Aid Award summary from MyCSULB.

The Jean & Robert Blakey Memorial Endowed Jewish Studies Student Award: two awards of $2000 (Award ID# 10600)

Must be a declared major or minor within the Jewish Studies program, must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better, and students with financial need will be given preference.

Jewish Studies Scholarships: 1-2 awards, $500 each (Award ID# K0179)

The student must fill out an application and submit a letter of recommendation and a one-page essay explaining why they deserve a Jewish Studies award. The student must also have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

General Instructions:

All applications and accompanying material should be submitted to Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger, History Department, FO2-210, by Friday, February 19th, 2016. Please indicate as part of your application the award for which you are applying. For questions concerning eligibility or requirements, please contact Dr. Blutinger as (562) 985-2196 or by e-mail at

Courses Affiliated with Jewish Studies

  • Hebrew 101A or 101B
  • CWL 342: The Bible as Literature
  • CWL 344: Literature of the Holocaust
  • GEOG 309I: Middle East and North Africa
  • HIST 141: Introduction to Jewish Civilization
  • HIST 304: History of the Holocaust
  • HIST 344: Jews of Eastern Europe
  • HIST 345: Comparative Genocide
  • HIST 393: Jews of the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 432: Middle East (Southwest Asia, 1700-Present)
  • HIST 434: Medieval Spain
  • POSC 367: Governments and Politics of the Middle East
  • RST 230: Hell and Heaven in Judaism
  • RST 311: Religion and Literature in the Old Testament
  • RST 314: Jewish Religion
  • RST 315: Modern Jewish Thought