Olexa Weber Scholarships
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation administers an application process for two annual scholarships for high school seniors attending public, private or charter high schools, or community college in Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks County. The scholarships provide funds for post-secondary education at an accredited institution to individuals who intend to major in the life sciences or who intend to major in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement, with a preference for first generation college students and/or students from low-income households. See further details of each scholarship below.
The application for scholarships that will be awarded to students for Fall 2023:
• Application Period is now open | Appy Now
• Application Period Closes Sunday, April 30, 2023
• Awards Announced: Spring 2023
Click here to access our online application system Foundant to apply.
Note: High school seniors or those who are currently enrolled in community college are able to apply. The total amount available for 2023 is $5,470 which is split between the 2 scholarships.
Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for Criminal Justice 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 will be awarded to a high school senior who will be majoring in the life sciences at an accredited institution for post-secondary education.
Criteria for Eligibility:
Students attending Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks Counties’ accredited high schools (public, private or charter), Bucks County Community College, Northampton Community College, or Lehigh Carbon Community College are eligible to apply.
Scholarship 1, known as The Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for Criminal Justice, will be awarded to a student(s) who will be majoring in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement at an accredited institution for post-secondary education.
Scholarship 2, known as The Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for Life Sciences, will be awarded to a student(s) who will be majoring in the life sciences at an accredited institution for post-secondary education.
Preference will be given to: 1) students who will be the first in their families to receive education beyond the high school level (“first generation college students”); and/or 2) students whose household income is less than two times the poverty rate (“low-income households”).
For instructions and guidance on applying using Foundant view: Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For more information, contact Holly Fitzpatrick via email: Holly@lvcfoundation.org(link sends e-mail)
About Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber
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, 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.
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