*** APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 16, 2021 ***
Steven Rubin established the Ilana and Steven Rubin Educational Endowment Fund as part of a promise to his wife, Ilana. Rubin says the scholarship was created for those wishing to go to university or other institute of higher learning, but who may not have the “A+” threshold and required financial help to fulfill their academic aspirations.
Ilana Rubin, a second generation Holocaust survivor, was a Hebrew teacher at several Ottawa Jewish schools between 1978 and 1990. After the Rubins moved to Florida, she continued teaching until 2004, even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2001. When she could no longer teach, she refused to give up, serving as a teacher’s aide until 2006. Ilana was loved by her students as well as fellow faculty members.
Ilana Rubin treated her students like family and was known in both Ottawa and Florida for her kindness and generosity. She often helped students learn Hebrew and prepare for their bar and bat mitzvahs without charge.
Valued at $1,800, this scholarship aims to help students who plan to attend a Canadian or Israeli post-secondary institution. The scholarship is open to High School students graduating in 2021 and then going on to university, college, or higher institution of learning that provides programs of at least 2 years or more.
Students applying for the scholarship must be graduating from high school in 2021 with marks between 70 and 89 for grades 11 and 12 combined.
Evaluation of Applications
Applicants will be required to answer short essay questions and provide a copy of their current official transcript with their application, as well as proof of acceptance to a post-secondary institution for the 2021/2022 academic year. Applicants must answer all the questions in an appropriate manner, follow directions, and submit all required documents by the deadline. Failure to follow the preceding instructions will result in your application not being considered.
The evaluators are looking for applicants who clearly demonstrate how they meet the following criteria:
- Community involvement at the grassroots level, working directly with those who need it
- Future academic goals that align with the betterment of society