Application and Selection Process

  • For Completing the Financial Aid Supplement on Paper
    To apply to GELF, simply complete the Financial Aid Supplement at the back of the application for your international program. 
    The 2018-19 GELF financial aid supplement can also be downloaded here.

    The application consists of three parts:

    1. A personal contact information form (to be completed by the student
    2. A statement of financial need (to be completed by the parents and accompanied by federal income tax return documentation)
    3. A personal statement (to be completed by the student)

    For Completing the Financial Aid Supplement Online

    Note:  If your program is using an online application, then the GELF Financial Aid Supplement will also be online.  You can access the online Financial Aid Supplement links here:

    Part I:  Please carefully read the cover letter and instructions for the GELF Financial Aid Supplement.

    Part II:  Students should complete the personal contact information form.

    Part III:  A parent or guardian should complete the parental statement of financial need.

    Part IV: All parent/guardians (including non-custodial parents) are requested to make a copy of their most recent 1040 tax returns and turn them in to Samantha Mandel's mailbox at the main office of their child's school.

    Part V: The student should write a personal statement essay following these instructions and share it with Samantha Mandel on Google docs.


    Awards Process

    The GELF committee will review all applications. Applicants will be evaluated primarily on the basis of demonstrated need; however, a number of other factors, including academic record, recommendations, personal statement, and interview results will also be considered. Students may only receive one GELF scholarship during their tenure in the Newton Public Schools. The size and number of awards in any given year may vary.

    All recipients of GELF scholarships will be required to submit a reflective project about their international experience. In addition, they may be asked to speak about their experience fr GELF fund raising activities.

    For further information about the Fund, please contact Samantha Mandel at