The Straus Scholars Program Overview

The Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought of Yeshiva University helps develop Jewish thinkers and wisdom-seeking Jews by deepening their education in the best of the Jewish tradition, exposing them to the richness of human knowledge and insight from across the ages, and confronting them with the great moral, philosophical and theological questions of our age. The Straus Center is dedicated to bridging an immersion in Torah study with formative academic experience, and hosts numerous academic and communal programs throughout the year.

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 traditions. 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. 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.

Who Should Apply

Applicants who:

  • have excelled in general and Jewish Studies while in high school
  • have already applied to Yeshiva College, Stern College
  • are engaged in post-high school study in Israel
  • have exhibited excellence in talmud Torah and Jewish studies
  • demonstrate a commitment to Yeshiva University’s philosophy of Torah Umadda
  • exhibit leadership potential through extracurricular activities and community involvement
  • will be on the New York campus in academic year 2019–2020

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 by January 31st, 2020