Arlene Shea Stein lived her life for everyone else.  She represented the true meaning of altruism, possessed unconditional love and had the fortitude to show forgiveness. Next to her children and grandchildren Arlene's compassion and deep sense of Tikkum Olam is her greatest legacy. Her children Steven, Lisa, Craig and Debbie and grandchildren Melanie, Ariel, Samantha, Lauren, Matthew, Madison, Seth and Shea had a special relationship and personal bond with their mother and grandmother. Arlene was their mentor, their friend and passed along her passion to make the world a better place. Every one of Arlene's children and grandchildren live each day honoring her memory of good deeds and a giant heart. In that spirit, the children and grandchildren of Arlene Shea Stein have set up a special fund in her honor.  Never completing college because of financial hardship always tugged at Arlene.  She possessed a deep love for learning.  The Arlene Shea Stein College Scholarship Fund has been set up to express Arlene's belief that higher education should be accessible to all.

The Stein Family College Scholarship is an annual grant for students in the Hampton Roads area that provides a scholarship of up to $10,000 a year for college tuition.

The application period is now closed.


- Scholarship applicants must be Jewish and be current residents of Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Hampton, Newport News, and the Peninsula).

- Applicants must be high school graduates entering a degree-granting institution within the United States for the first time as a full-time, degree-seeking student. The institution must participate in theFederal Student Aid Program (Title IV).

- Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

- Applicant must demonstrate academic ability, concern for school and both the Jewish and general communities through extracurricular activities and volunteer service, and note any unusual circumstances that make the applicant more worthy of consideration.

- Applicant must show substantiated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To determine need, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.com so that the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) may be determined. Students are encouraged to complete this application as soon as possible; federal funds are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to understand more about the FAFSA.

Click here to hear about one of the Stein Scholarship recipient's college experience. 

If you have any questions regarding the Stein Family College Scholarship, please contact Barb Gelb, Director of Philanthropy, at bgelb@ujft.org or 757.965.6105, or Ann Swindell, Donor Services Coordinator, at aswindell@ujft.org or 757.965.6106

Sydney Levine
2017 Recipient 
brettdanaAmanda Dinar
Brett Pomerantz
2016 Recipient 
Dana Cohen
2015 Recipient
Amanda Gladstone
2014 Recipient
Dinar Yusufov
2013 Recipient
AviMarissaEric Morgan
Avi Malkin
2012 Recipient
Marissa Arager
2011 Recipient
Eric Smith
2010 Recipient
Morgan Conley
2009 Recipient

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