Stein Family Scholarship

An annual grant for students in the Hampton Roads area that provides a scholarship of up to $20,000 a year for college tuition

About the Stein Family Scholarship


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 for making 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.



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 the Federal 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).


This is a need-based scholarship, with the maximum award amount of $20,000 per year for award winners beginning in 2022. Scholarships are renewable up to four years (maximum $80,000). Award checks are paid directly to the educational institution each semester. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good standing with their university, with no disciplinary actions pending. A renewal application and transcripts are required each subsequent year.


To determine need, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 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 serve basis.

Click here to understand more about the FAFSA.

Current & Past Recipients






Stein Family Scholarship 2022 Recipient
Leia Morrissey is the latest student to receive the very generous Stein Family College Scholarship. Leia, a graduate of Granby High School, is attending the University of Virginia with plans to study architecture. An active member of the community, Leia has held various leadership positions with her temple's youth group, as well as being a lead assistant at the temple's Hebrew school.  The Stein Family and the Scholarship Committee look forward to seeing the wonderful things Leia will accomplish in the future!

Past Recipients

  • Leia Morrissey, 2022 Recipient

  • Danial Watts, 2021 Recipient

  • Emily Myers, 2020 Recipient

  • Faith White, 2019 Recipient

  • Lucie Waldman, 2018 Recipient

  • Sydney Levine, 2017 Recipient

  • Brett Pomerantz, 2016 Recipient

  • Dana Cohen, 2015 Recipient

  • Amanda Gladstone, 2014 Recipient

  • Dinar Yusufov, 2013 Recipient

  • Avi Malkin, 2012

  • Marissa Aragar, 2011 Recipient

  • Eric Smith, 2010 Recipient

  • Morgan Conley, 2009 Recipient

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