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LVCF Scholarship Applications

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation administers an application process for  two annual scholarships for high schoool seniors attending public, private or charter high schools in Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks County.

The Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for Criminal Justice

This scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who will be majoring in criminal justice or law enforcement at an accredited institution for post-secondary education.

The Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for the Life Sciences

This scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who will be majoring in the life sciences at an accredited institution for post-secondary education.

Multiple one-year scholarships will be available, totaling $4,220. Students from any public, private or charter school in Lehigh, Northampton or Bucks County are eligible to apply for the scholarships. 

  • To apply, students should go to the online grant portal on the Community Foundation’s website and apply

 Application period is currently closed.

  • For instructions and guidance on applying using Foundant view

  Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Awards will be announced in early June 2017.

For more information, contact Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, at 610 351-5353, ext. 11 or email:

About Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber

Stephanie Olexa, Ph.D.Stephanie Olexa, Ph.D., was born and raised on the South Side of Bethlehem.  She was the first member of her family to attend college.  Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia; her Ph.D. degree in BioChemistry from Temple University and her Master’s in Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) from Lehigh University.

After completing her Ph.D., Stephanie worked at Temple University Medical School, Rohm and Haas and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., before starting her own business, Benchmark Analytics, an environmental testing laboratory, which she operated for 20 years.  Stephanie is now a Certified Leadership Coach and an Adjunct Professor and workshop leader at the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at Lehigh University.

Seth Weber, EsquireSeth Weber, Esquire, was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, where he lived in a housing project.  In his senior year of high school in Teaneck, NJ, Seth had the opportunity to intern with his local police department where he enjoyed all of the good work that many police officers perform on a daily basis to protect and serve the public.  Seth attended Rutgers University where he helped to create a four year Criminal Justice degree.  He received the very first Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice awarded by the University and went on to receive his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Temple University Law School in Philadelphia.

Seth worked almost his entire career as a lawyer in the criminal justice system.  He was an Assistant Public Defender and later an Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County. Eventually he became a federal prosecutor, Assistant United States Attorney, in Philadelphia and Allentown.  Currently, Seth is an Adjunct Professor in the Undergraduate Criminal Justice Department and in the Master’s in Criminal Justice Program at De Sales University.  He also volunteers at the Bucks County Legal Aid Office as an attorney handling Protection From Abuse cases in court for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Stephanie and Seth are married and live on a farm in Bucks County.