JFEW Binghamton Scholars Program

The JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Scholars Program is a comprehensive four-year educational and experiential learning program for Jewish female undergraduates that will enhance their educational experience, facilitate internship exploration and provide financial support to Scholars with demonstrated financial need. Our goal in offering this program is to reduce the cost of an undergraduate education, support the graduation of scholars and provide a foundation for post-graduate career opportunities.

Scholars in the program who financially and academically qualify will receive scholarships of up to $5,500 per academic year toward tuition or other educational expenses. In the summer of the junior year, those scholars who financially and academically qualify will receive a stipend of up to $4,455 toward an unpaid internship at an approved site in any career interest area that the scholar has identified.

The learning outcomes for JFEW/Binghamton Scholars include:

  • Use of resources obtained through academic courses, advising and mentoring program to develop and shape career goals
  • Engagement in a variety of activities and experiences to build knowledge about self, academic majors and careers
  • Creation of connections with other JFEW Scholars on campus and with the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women
  • Build relationships with faculty, staff, mentors and employers who can help facilitate Scholars’ academic, professional and personal development

Program Details:

  • Program Activities

    First Year: “Who am I?”

    Scholars participate in cohort-based workshops related to self-awareness, student success and leadership. Scholars engage in a 2-credit Career Exploration Course where they are exposed to Career Development Theory, assignments and discussion posts to reflect on their own skills, strengths and interests and how they apply to the world of work.  

    Sophomore Year: Developing purpose and connecting passions and interests with career exploration.

    Cohort-based workshops and one-on-one career consulting appointments are focused on exploring careers and supporting Scholars in articulating their interests, skills and passions to industry professionals. Informational Interview assignments and reflection provide valuable insight into various career fields and prepare them to participate in networking events such as NYC CONNECT Networking Night and Employer Treks with organizations such as Google, PwC, Protiviti and J. Crew. 

    Junior Year: Skills testing, evaluation and the summer internship search.

    Scholars receive support with networking strategies, identifying summer internships and learning how to tailor application materials to positions. The summer internship and the 4-credit Academic Internship Course are funded opportunities. Scholars also create a road map for post-graduate planning, while considering options such as grad school, gap year, or launching their careers.

    Senior year: Reflection and preparation of post-graduate plans

    Scholars complete a Senior Capstone Project to consolidate learning from the internship and overall JFEW experience to inform post-grad plans and next steps. Workshops are focused on skills and competencies such as professionalism in the workplace, salary negotiation, and financial wellness to prepare them for life after graduation. 

    View the Capstone Projects from the 2017-21 cohort

  • Program Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    To participate in this program, female students are invited to apply after being offered admission to Binghamton University. Candidates must have strong high school academic records; be U.S. citizens, be eligible for citizenship or have employment authorization under Deferred Action Status; and identify as practicing the Jewish faith, whose permanent residence is in New York State. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate financial need on the FAFSA. If you are interested in joining the JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Scholars Programs, please contact a Binghamton University Admissions Counselor.

    For questions regarding what takes place in the JFEW Binghamton Program for those selected, please contact the Fleishman Center at careers@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2400.

    For questions regarding financial aid awards, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@binghamton.edu or 607-777-2428

    For questions regarding your status of admission or acceptance into the JFEW Binghamton Program, please contact the Admissions Office at admit@binghamton.edu
    or 607-777-2428

    Please Note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean’s office of their intended academic program.

Each semester, Scholars will need to maintain a full course load and a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program and receive funding. The next JFEW Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Program Class begins in the Fall 2021 semester and will graduate in 2025.

This program is supported through a gift from the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women


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