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.

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 in her senior year of high school in 2020-2021.

  • 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 Day School or other setting).

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


Recipients will receive:

  • $2500 scholarship to be used for college tuition or Jewish gap year program.

  • Ongoing mentorship from a Maharat scholar.

  • Special opportunities to connect with other people who are committed to Torah and leadership.

  • Public recognition in promotional materials.

  • Travel to (awardee and a guest) and recognition at the Maharat Semikha Ceremony on June 15, 2021.


  • Candidates may not nominate themselves.  They must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or supervisor. Click here to preview nomination form questions.

  • After being nominated, candidate will receive application form. Click here to preview application form questions.

2021 recipients:


2020 recipients:

2019 recipients:

Emerging Scholars Awardees Announcement.
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