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The Gildenhorn Family Scholarship in Israel Studies

The Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies (GIIS) is grateful to Michael and Catherine Gildenhorn and Carol and Michael Winer for their generosity in creating an annual scholarship for an outstanding UMD student pursuing a minor in Israel studies.

Scholarship Information


All applicants must be registered as UMD undergraduates and Israel studies (ISRL) minors at the time they apply.

All applicants must have taken at least two ISRL courses at the time of application, and completed at least one. Any courses not taken at UMD must have been accepted for UMD credit.

All courses cross-listed with ISRL may be included, even if the student was registered through another department, since they fulfill the requirements for completing the ISRL Minor.


The scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Israel Studies Minor program.
The award is a $1,000 scholarship that can only be used at UMD for the winter, spring or summer semester immediately following the award. No cash award can be given.
Award will be based on academic excellence and will be determined by members of the GIIS faculty and their designees, who may be affiliated with the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies.
A student who has won the scholarship may not be selected again.

Winning students agree that their name will be published on the GIIS website, social media pages and also attend a presentation ceremony.

Winning students agree that they will complete their minor in ISRL.

Other Scholarships

The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies and the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies have several scholarship funds for students at the University of Maryland.

Most of these funds are earmarked for students who study at an Israeli university or participate in a University of Maryland study-abroad program. Contact Avis Koeiman at for more information.

The deadline for the spring round of applications is April 1.

In addition to their application, students must provide a transcript and an essay explaining how their chosen study program will benefit their undergraduate studies.

Priority is given to Jewish studies majors but other students are eligible as well. All UMD undergrad students are eligible. Graduate students in fields relating to Jewish or Israel studies may also apply for funds to support their academic program.

Contact the Meyerhoff Center at or the Gildenhorn Institute at

Awards & Achievements


Mia Kaufman

Mia Kaufman
Special Education Major
Winner of the $1,000 Gildenhorn Family Scholarship in Israel Studies


Jean Maloney

Jean Maloney
English Major
Winner of the $1,000 Gildenhorn Family Scholarship in Israel Studies


Sean Rao

Sean Rao
Government & Politics Major
Winner of the Gildenhorn Study trip to Israel


Noam Weinblatt
Accounting and Economics Major, December 2012
Winner of the Essay Contest
Israel’s Startup Nation


Becca Gomby
Government and Politics Major, May 2012
Winner of the Essay Contest
The Moral Dilemmas of Asymmetric Warfare: A Case Study of Israel and Implications for the Western World


Lila Rosenbloom
Global Sustainable Development & Jewish Studies Double Major
Winner of the Essay Contest
Jewish Remembrance: Yom Hashoah, the Zionists, and the Shofar