College Support

College Guidance

Providing high school students with grade-specific, individualized support and valuable information to apply to four-year colleges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Providing  scholarships to help eligible students achieve their higher educational goals, whether at a four-year university or trade school.

Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador

Building a strong sense of community among Scholars and creating a supportive network of like-minded peers.

MAIN Coach

MAIN Coach Program

Matches highly motivated high school and college students with a MAIN Coach who serves as a mentor and advocate

College Guidance

Providing high school students with grade-specific, individualized support and valuable information to apply to four-year colleges.

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Scholarships

Providing scholarships to help eligible students achieve their higher educational goals, whether at a four-year university or trade school.

Learn more

Student Ambassador

Building a strong sense of community among Scholars and creating a supportive network of that fosters continued learning.

Learn more

MAIN Coach

Matching highly motivated high school and college students with a MAIN Coach who serves as a mentor and advocate.

Learn more

College Guidance Program

Students participating in our College Guidance Program receive college counseling and support tailored to their needs.

ABOUT

JBBBSLA’s Erwin Rautenberg College Guidance Program was launched in 2015 to address the acute needs for college counseling and support among students participating in our mentorship and camp programs, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

The program provides high school students who do not have regular access to a college counselor at their school with grade-specific, individualized support to apply to four-year colleges.

HOW PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS BENEFIT

By participating in the program, students:

  • Receive free one-on-one college guidance from an experienced admissions counselor through video calls and phone sessions.
  • Gain exclusive access to college and career workshops, SAT prep classes, college campus visits, college fairs, and educational excursions.
  • Have direct support from the College Guidance team.
  • Receive e-newsletters with relevant college and financial aid updates.
  • Receive an opportunity to become part of the Student Ambassador Program and/or be considered for the JBBBSLA Scholarships for college.
  • Have an opportunity to be matched with a MAIN Coach who serves as a mentor and advocate for students as they pursue their academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • Become part of a strong community of like-minded peers.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must submit the following:

  • General Application Info
  • Current Unofficial Transcripts
  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (if available)
  • 1 Reflective Essay

Qualified applicants will also to go through a phone interview with College Guidance staff.

The application is now CLOSED. Please check back in January 2021. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

In order to be considered for the program, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Participated in at least one of the following JBBBSLA programs:
    • Camp Bob Waldorf for 3 summer sessions.
    • Mentorship Program (Little Brother or Sister) for a minimum of 2 years, and after their 13th birthday.
    • Teen Talk advisor (must complete training hours and a minimum 6 months of active commitment).
  • Currently a 10th or 11th grade high school student.
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5.
  • Intend to apply to a 4-year college or university after high school.
  • Highly motivated to receive individualized college guidance and support.
  • Committed to attend college and career seminars, SAT test prep workshops, college visits and college fairs during the spring and summer.

For more information, please contact Niña Abonal, College Guidance Program Manager at (323) 456-1169 or nabonal@jbbbsla.org.

Scholarship Programs

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles provides three unique scholarships to high school graduates who have participated in one of our programs. Since 1999, we have provided more than $2 million in scholarships.

We provide these scholarships to help eligible students achieve their higher educational goals, whether at a four-year university or trade school. Anyone who participated in one of our programs may be eligible (criteria are below).

Scholarship funds can be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, school supplies, rent, transportation, and/or program fees.

JBBBSLA SCHOLARSHIP

The JBBBSLA Scholarship provides college scholarships to eligible Littles who have been matched for a minimum of two years (current matches) OR whose match lasted at least two years and ended after the Little’s 14th birthday (closed matches).

RISING LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Rising Leaders Scholarship provides college scholarships to eligible campers who served as a CIT for two years or a CIT for one year and a Teen Camper for one summer session at Camp Bob Waldorf.

ARNOLD S. NELSON SCHOLARSHIP

The Arnold S. Nelson Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to campers who have completed at least one Witherbee Wilderness Backpacking trip.

Applying for a Scholarship

Students applying for a scholarship must complete an application and interview with the appropriate Scholarship Committee. Our scholarships prioritize financial need, academic performance and community service.

For more information on these scholarships or to begin the application process, please contact Carina Garcia, Director of Scholarship and Alumni Programs at (323) 456-1164 or cgarcia@jbbbsla.org.

Student Ambassador Program

ABOUT

JBBBSLA’s Student Ambassador Program was established in 2017 to connect current Scholars across JBBBSLA’s three scholarship offerings (Rising Leaders, JBBBSLA, and Nelson Scholarship), to create a supportive network that fosters continued learning, and to build a strong sense of community among Scholars.

Across college campuses nationwide, select Scholars are appointed as Lead Student Ambassadors who help facilitate Scholar Community events, workshops, and hangouts and serve as representative for JBBBSLA.

HOW LEAD STUDENT AMBASSADORS BENEFIT

  • Serve as a positive role model and peer support for other Scholars.
  • Apply your leadership and communication skills by engaging with like-minded students.
  • Boost your professional resume and receive a small stipend to go towards your college expenses.
  • Obtain a certificate of completion and letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program.

HOW TO APPLY

If you’re interested in becoming a Lead Student Ambassador, please complete our online Lead Student Ambassador Application.

Applications are due on Monday, August 24, 2020 by 11:59PM (PST).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

  • Be a current scholarship recipient of the Rising Leaders, JBBBSLA, or Arnold S. Nelson Scholarship.
  • Have a strong willingness to organize and facilitate in-person and virtual Scholar Community events, workshops, and hangouts to connect with other Scholars.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.

For more information, please contact Niña Abonal, College Guidance Program Manager at (323) 456-1169 or nabonal@jbbbsla.org.

MAIN Coach Program

ABOUT

JBBBSLA’s MAIN Coach Program matches highly motivated high school and college students with a MAIN Coach who serves as a mentor and advocate for them as they pursue their academic, professional, and personal goals.

HOW MAIN COACHES MAKE AN IMPACT NOW

  • Share your time, knowledge, and experience about your educational and professional journey.
  • Nurture a student’s educational, professional, and personal goals by providing a supportive and safe forum for shared conversation and collaboration.
  • Challenge students to create direction for their goals and find purpose for their talents and aspirations that will help benefit their communities and the broader world.

HOW MAIN COACHES BENEFIT

  • Interact with and support highly motivated students to succeed.
  • Provide guidance and perspective on applying to and attending college, pursuing a specific field of study, or embarking on a career path.
  • Join a community of professionals who value and believe in the positive impact of youth mentorship.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit our MAIN Coach Interest Form to be considered.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

  • Be interested in working with high school or college students.
  • Commit to working with your assigned student for at least one year.
  • Engage with your student at least once a month virtually or through in-person meetings.
  • Be willing to actively participate and commit to fulfilling our MAIN Coach expectations.

For more information, please contact Niña Abonal, College Guidance Program Manager at (323) 456-1169 or nabonal@jbbbsla.org.