Jewish Community Fellowship

Deadline to apply for Fellowship

  • For Early Decision and Early Action applicants: December 1, 2021
  • For Regular Decision Applicants: February 1, 2022

Fellowship description and requirements

Rhodes College is pleased to make available five $10,000 merit fellowships to first-year entering students who participate in Jewish life in their communities across the United States.  Eligible students must apply for admission to Rhodes for the Fall 2022 semester, be offered admission, and choose to enroll at Rhodes. Fellowship applications will be reviewed by Jewish Community Partners (JCP) of Memphis and JCP will recommend applicants to Rhodes based on their participation in Jewish life and service and based on the responses to an essay prompt. A resume and a 500-word essay will be required for the JCP recommendation. The essay prompt can be found below.

Recommended students will be considered for admission and fellowship to Rhodes on a competitive basis. Students winning fellowship recognition will receive a Jewish Community Fellowship from Rhodes of $10,000 renewable for up to three years.

Competitive students may receive an academic scholarship in a larger amount. In that case, the scholarship and fellowship may not be combined and the larger of the two will be awarded. However, students will still receive the other benefits of being named a Rhodes Jewish Community Fellow.

Fellowship awardees are expected to become active in Jewish life at Rhodes and to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Participate in Jewish life at Rhodes by
    • Attending at least 10 Rhodes Hillel events/programs
    • Planning one event/program a year
  • Attend monthly leadership meetings with other Fellows and Rhodes Hillel Director
  • Write a yearly article about Jewish life at Rhodes for print and electronic distribution
  • Make a presentation about Jewish life at Rhodes at a Jewish Community Partners board meeting
  • Complete an annual Fellowship Recertification Form

Essay prompt

We live in an increasingly complicated world. How does your involvement in Jewish life influence the way you foresee accomplishing Rhodes’ vision of “graduating students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world?”

Please click here to apply.

Background on Hillels of Memphis

Hillels of Memphis serves Jewish students throughout the Memphis community, from all Memphis campuses. The Rhodes College chapter was launched in 2017, building on the previous work of the Jewish Student Union. Rhodes Hillel is operated by a student board in cooperation with Hillels of Memphis Director Sophie Bloch and a lay-led Advisory Council. Rhodes Hillel focuses on cultural, religious, educational, and social programming and is open to all students regardless of background. Rhodes Hillel is operated by Memphis Jewish Federation and endowed through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Background on Memphis Jewish Community

The Memphis Jewish community is a full-service, vibrant community with seven synagogues, a beautiful and first-rate Jewish Community Center, engaging programming for youth and young adults, outstanding Jewish preschools, day schools and religious schools, an active Jewish Federation, kosher food options, award-winning residential nursing home and rehabilitation facility and more.  For more information about Jewish life in Memphis, please go to

Questions/Additional information

At Rhodes College, please contact Ali Hamilton, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions: 901-843-3706/

At Rhodes Hillel, please contact Sophie Bloch at