The Ari’s Bears Collegiate Scholarship was established by Ari’s Bears, a 501(c)(3) organization, to carry on the legacy of its founder, Ariella Stein.
At nine years of age, Ariella Stein knew firsthand how hard a hospital stay could be. Although she herself was undergoing grueling treatments for Ewing’s Sarcoma, Ariella wanted to start a foundation, Ari’s Bears, to bring comfort and joy to other children in the hospital. Her idea was simple: she used her own money to purchase and make stuffed animals that she later delivered to pediatric patients.
When Ariella passed away at age 11 from complications from a bone marrow transplant, she had already delivered “Ari’s Bears” to seven local hospitals and respite houses. Her legacy is still being written; since its inception in 2018, Ari’s Bears has gifted more than 2,000 bears and other stuffed animals to children in hospitals.
Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Ari’s Bears will award one (1) $1000 scholarship to an undergraduate student with a current or former cancer diagnosis who has demonstrated exemplary community service in the area of childhood cancer. This scholarship will be available in the 2021-2022 academic year.
Must enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall 2021
Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 through the 2020 calendar year (high school seniors may submit high school transcripts; college students must submit college transcripts)
Must provide evidence of a cancer diagnosis
Must have demonstrated community service in the area of childhood cancer
Must provide the following documents:
An official transcript through 2020 (minimum 2.5 GPA required)
A signed statement from the applicant’s physician verifying the cancer diagnosis
Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives
Proof of enrollment in a college/university for Fall 2021
A high resolution photo of just yourself submitted electronically, for our website