The Straus Scholars Program Overview

The Straus Scholars Program seeks to identify and attract exceptionally gifted undergraduate men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership potential, and commitment to studying the great works of the Jewish and Western tradition

Straus Scholars will undertake a course of study that includes specially designed, unique interdisciplinary courses. Additionally, Straus Scholars will fully participate in supplementary programs and activities offered by the Straus Center, and have the opportunity for small group sessions with visiting dignitaries and intellectuals.

Straus Scholars will undertake a course of study that includes specially designed, unique interdisciplinary courses bridging Torah, and the great works of art, literature, philosophy, and political science. Additionally, Straus Scholars will fully participate in supplementary programs and activities offered by the Straus Center, and have the opportunity for small group sessions with visiting dignitaries and intellectuals. Scholars will receive tuition support in the form of an annual scholarship up to $25,000, renewable for up to three years on campus in New York. Acceptance of this scholarship will replace any previous academic offers from Yeshiva University.

Straus Scholars will be chosen on a competitive basis. The Straus Center will consider high school and post-high school Israel records, letters of recommendation and proof of deep intellectual engagement with Western and Jewish thought. Select applicants will be notified and invited for individual interviews. Completed applications should be submitted by January 31st, 2020. Late applications will not be considered

Who Should Apply

Applicants who:

  • Have excelled in general and Jewish Studies while in high school
  • Have already applied to Yeshiva College or Stern College
  • Are engaged in post-high school study in Israel
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Yeshiva University’s philosophy of Torah Umadda and a deep interest in both Jewish and Western thought
  • Exhibit leadership potential through extracurricular activities and community involvement
  • Will be on the New York campus in academic year 2020–2021

How to Apply

  • Applicants should complete the Straus Scholars Program application
  • The application requires an essay and two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts on file with the admissions office will also be reviewed
  • Applications should be emailed to strauscenter@yu.edu by January 31st, 2020