emerging scholars award

The Emerging Scholars Award, funded by Maharat, celebrates women who are high school seniors and have demonstrated a personal commitment to leadership, spirituality and Torah learning.  The award seeks to acknowledge these young women for their accomplishments and dedication, while supporting their continued growth.​

Teachers, administrators, and community members, 


a candidate for the 2022 Emerging Scholars Award.


Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

criteria and qualifications:

Recipients will be chosen based on

  • Proven impact through leadership in school or in the larger community.

  • Demonstrated commitment to meaningful Torah learning and spiritual development.

The nominated candidate must

  • Identify as female and Orthodox.

  • Be a senior in high school in 2021-2022.

  • Reside in the United States or Canada.

  • Serve in a leadership role in the school or community.

  • Be involved in an ongoing Torah learning experience (in a Jewish day school or other setting).

  • Be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or community leader.


Recipients will receive

  • $2,500 scholarship to be used for college tuition or Jewish gap year program.          

  • Public recognition in promotional materials.     

  • Travel to (awardee and a guest) and recognition at the Maharat Semikha Ceremony on June 16, 2022.

  • Automatic inclusion in Maharat’s Emerging Scholars in Israel Fellowship which provides extracurricular programming on the theme of leadership for young women learning at a seminary in Israel for a gap year.

  • Inclusion in four, one-week in-person learning experiences in the Maharat beit midrash following the end of each year of college (i.e. beginning the year after an Israel year).


  • Candidates must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or supervisor. Candidates are not allowed to nominate themselves. Click here to preview nomination form questions. Nominations are due Tuesday, January 18, 2022. 

  • After being nominated, candidates will receive an application form. Click here to preview application form questions. Applications are due Tuesday, March 11, 2022.


Please contact Dr. Katie Light Soloway, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, with any questions or concerns.


2021 recipients:


2020 recipients:

2019 recipients:

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