Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship

Get $10,000 toward a gap year program in Israel! 

  • Experience personal growth and independence
  • Gain a clearer vision for your future
  • Earn college credits
  • Boost your resume
  • Expand your worldview
  • Make lifelong friends and valuable connections
  • Excel in your future college experience
  • Take a break from traditional academics

All while you explore the desert, volunteer on a kibbutz, visit high-tech startups, engage in meaningful social action, and connect with thousands of years of Jewish life in Israel!

Did you know you don’t have to start college immediately after completing high school?

It’s true! The increasingly popular year-long break between high school and college is known as a gap year. Gap years may involve travel, volunteer work, an internship, or participation in a formal gap year program.

Studies have found that an exploratory year between high school and college often contributes to a boost in performance when students enter college. Additionally, students who participate in gap year programs are often more mature, self-reliant, independent, and employable than non-gap year students. 

With so many benefits to the gap year path, JumpSpark, in partnership with The Zalik Foundation, wants to make it easier for students to pursue this option in Israel! So we’re awarding 30 lucky students with a $10,000 – $15,000 scholarship to do just that.

At a time when the college experience could be a virtual one, a gap year in Israel guarantees an international communal living and growth experience that simply can’t be beat.


The Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship is open to current (2020-2021) Atlanta high school seniors who identify as Jewish, regardles of financial need.


Up to 30 selected Atlanta high school seniors will receive a $10,000 – $15,000 stipend toward a gap year experience in Israel for the 2021-2022 school year.

JumpSpark will award a limited number of additional $5,000 stipends for gap year scholarship recipients who commit to volunteering or working 50 or more hours in the Jewish community during the summer following their gap year (May-August 2022). Volunteer work may take place in Israel or the U.S. and may include work at a summer camp, an internship at a Jewish organization, working on a Kibbutz, and more.

Students and their families are responsible for covering program costs in excess of the $10,000 scholarship. The additional cost ranges from $10,000-$15,000 depending on the program selected.  


The Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship applies to the 2021-2022 school year and the following summer of 2022 (optional).

Key application dates are as follows:

  • February 8, 2021: Application period opens
  • March 31, 2021: Application period closes
  • April 15, 2021: JumpSpark announces winners and awards scholarships
  • April 15-30, 2021: Selected teens commit to programs 

Please note: This scholarship applies to the 2021-2022 school year only. There is no guarantee the scholarship will be available in future years. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!


Israel! Students who are awarded stipends will choose from one of several pre-approved Israel gap year experiences. Students who receive the additional $5,000 stipend may volunteer with Jewish organizations in Israel or the U.S. following the gap year program.

Find the Israel gap year program that’s right for you!

The diverse participating gap year programs span a range of focus areas, cities, and religious affiliations. There’s an Israel gap year experience for everyone and we will help you identify the one that’s right for you.

To help in this process, JumpSpark is hosting a Gap Year Information Session Series. During February and March, there will be opportunities to learn about each program, meet the staff, and hear from current and past teen and parent participants. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about which program might be a good fit.

Jumpspark’s Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship counselor, Michal Ilai, is also available to answer your questions and recommend the program(s) that meet your unique needs. Additionally, each of the gap year programs will host online information sessions throughout February and March to tell you more about the experience and answer your questions. 

Want to explore on your own? Access program websites using the links below.

Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship

Atlanta Israel Gap Year Scholarship

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The Atlanta Gap Year Scholarship is made possible through the generous support of The Zalik Foundation.