Richie Herskowitz Summer Programs Scholarship

Richie Herskowitz Summer Programs Scholarship


SWUSY Region is proud to offer scholarships from the Richie Herskowitz Scholarship Fund for SWUSYites attending USY summer programs. Established in 2012 in memory of Richie Herskowitz, past SWUSYite who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis in 2007 at the young age of 17, the Richie Herskowitz Scholarship Fund will be able to offer SWUSY participants financial assistance so that they may attend our life changing summer programs while honoring Richie’s memory and spirit. Even with everything Richie was going through, he was always known to have a smile on his face and a strong spirit.

For the 2014 year, there will be up to three (3) scholarships awarded in the amount of $500. Scholarships are primarily need based, but preference will be given to those who are active in their USY chapters and/or Jewish communities.


Applicants will need to complete a 500 word essay reflecting on Richie’s famous quote “You only live once. Why miss the opportunity?” In the essay applicants should discuss why they are interested in attending this program, the expectations for their experience, and how they think their experience will affect their Jewish identity.


Scholarship recipients will be expected to execute a mini project in Richie’s memory by June 16th. Please see a list of recommended projects in the scholarship application. Please also submit a short description of the project you will complete if selected. Projects will be approved as part of the application process. Recipients are encouraged to meet with local Jewish educators (i.e. Rabbis, Cantors, Education Directors) to learn about the Jewish view on organ donation before executing their project.

Scholarship applications and essays are due to the regional office by April 3, 2014. Late applications will not be considered.

To download the Scholarship Form, please click here.

For more information about Richie and Richie’s Spirit Foundation, please visit