JFS–David rubenstein
memorial Scholarship 2016-2017

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2014 Rubenstein Scholarship Recipients

The JFS-David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship is a private scholarship program established by Dr. Robert Rubenstein in memory of his son David. The program annually grants between 15-20 scholarships of up to $2,500. The JFS-David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship seeks to encourage young people to treasure their Jewish heritage, reflect on their Jewish values, and better understand their connection to the community. Please read these instructions carefully before completing the application.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or documented legal permanent U.S. resident (green card).

Applicant must be a San Diego county resident. Independent students must have lived in San Diego for a one-year period.

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior, or a college student planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education, technical or vocational school in the United States.

High School Applicants must have a solid academic standing, with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better.

College Applicants must have a solid academic standing, with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.

Applicant must have involvement in the Jewish community.

Applicant is expected to earn and contribute toward their education. This may be through summer and/or school year employment, unless the required course load makes it impossible to work and the student is attending summer school rather than working.

Applicant must demonstrate financial need.

New applicants are required to participate in a personal interview at Jewish Family Service San Diego.

Application Requirements:

Applications are complete and valid only when ALL documents have been submitted in one package. Please do not staple documents together. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Before you mail your application package, verify that you have enclosed the following information:

  • Application
  • Transcripts: Submit copy of official school transcripts.
  • Essay: Submit a 500-word, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced essay on one of the following topics:
  1. Considering your long-term goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals. 
  2. Describe your involvement with the Jewish community now and in the past, and how you see yourself giving back to the Jewish community in the future.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Submit two letters of recommendation from a non-family member. If you wish, you may use a copy of a recommendation you have submitted with your college applications. Note: Letters should be on official letterhead and must contain the writer’s full name, title, address, phone number and email address. Returning applicants should submit new letters of recommendation rather than previously submitted.
  • Income Tax Return (Form 1040): Submit a copy of last calendar year income tax return. A student’s status as dependent or independent will be based on the guidelines set forth by the College Scholarship Service. For a student age 22 or younger, to have “independent” status, the student’s parents cannot have claimed him or her as “dependent” on their Income Tax Returns for the two (2) years prior to the year of college attendance. If parents are divorced, income tax forms from both parents are required. Adjusted gross family income cannot exceed $100,000 for families with three or more children, $90,000 for families with two children, and $80,000 for families with one child.

  • Financial Aid/Student Loans: Submit a copy of the School Financial Aid Award Notice as well as copies of the College Scholarship Service’s Student Aid Report (SAR) and documentation of determinations regarding federal, state, and private aid, as soon as they become available.

Fillable PDF Instructions:

  • Before you begin, ensure that you have the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The most current version can be downloaded for free from the Adobe® Web site.
  • To download the file directly to your computer, right click on the link, then select "save link as" or "save target as" from the dropdown options. Make a note of the location on your drive and the name of the file being saved so you can locate it later.
  • There is no computation, validation or verification of the information you enter. Some information, such as signatures are required to be handwritten on the form.

 Questions? Contact Jennifer Turner at (858) 637-3037 or jennifert@jfssd.org.

Dr. Robert Rubenstein, a generous member of our community, has established a scholarship program in memory of his son David, to offer financial assistance to students from the San Diego Jewish community who plan to attend college or a vocational school. The program annually grants between 15-20 scholarships of up to $2,500.

Schools attended by JFS-David Rubenstein
Memorial Scholarship recipients include:

American Jewish University • Azusa Pacific • Berklee College of Music • Carnegie Mellon University • Chapman University • Claremont McKenna College • Golden State University Law School • Hebrew University College • National University • Pace University • Palomar City College • Paul Mitchell • Portland State University • San Diego City College • San Diego Flight Training International • San Diego State University • Santa Barbara City College • Stern Yeshiva University • Tuffs University • Tulane University • University of Arizona • University of California Berkley • University of California Davis • University of California Irvine • University of California San Diego • University of California Santa Barbara • University of California Santa Cruz • University of California, Los Angeles • University of Oregon
University of Redlands • University of San Diego
University of Southern California • University of Washington


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