Stein College Scholarship deadline is approaching

by | Mar 6, 2017 | Other News

Deadline: Friday, March 31

Applications are still being accepted for the Stein Family College Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The annual grant for Jewish students in Tidewater provides a scholarship of up to $10,000 a year for college tuition.

Established in 2009, the Stein Family College Scholarship is dedicated in loving memory of Arlene Shea Stein, wife of Gerald Stein, of blessed memory, and mother of Steve Stein, Lisa Stein Delevie, Craig Stein, and Debbie Stein Levy.

In 2013, the Stein family announced their generous intention to permanently endow the Stein Family College Scholarship with a $1 million gift to the Tidewater Jewish Foundation.

Debbie Stein Levy and Steve Stein explain, “Mom and Dad believed in education for all scholars. Not just those who could afford it. Endowing this scholarship will help young adults receive the education they deserve for generations to come.”

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation supports the Stein Family College Scholarship application process and works closely with the Stein children and grandchildren in administering this scholarship to a deserving Tidewater teen each year.

Arlene Shea Stein had a deep love of learning and a strong belief that higher education should be accessible to all. Stein Delevie says about her mother’s legacy, “My mother felt that helping others get the education she couldn’t was very important, and that this Stein Family Scholarship would mean that students will be able to go to college and enjoy this wonderful time in their lives.”

The Stein children and grandchildren established this scholarship as a testament to Arlene and to honor the values she held dear. Craig Stein says, “The reason we’re doing this is really about the 10 Commandments. We strive to fulfill the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother.” The idea for this scholarship originally came from our mother, Arlene. Both she and my father went to fine colleges and both had to drop out after one year for financial reasons. We honor their memory and their commitment to education through this endeavor.”

Scholarship applicants must be Jewish and current residents of Tidewater (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, and the Peninsula). Students must demonstrate academic ability, as well as concern for school and both the Jewish and general communities through extracurricular activities and volunteer service. Application deadline is March 31, 2017; interested students can learn more at or by contacting Ann Swindell at or 965-6106.