The Alan and Ruth Stein Educational Assistance Program

The Alan and Ruth Stein Educational Assistance Program provides BRIDGE residents with a critical resource for pursuing their career goals and building greater economic security for themselves and their families.

Since 2001, BRIDGE has been pleased to award Stein Program grants to hundreds of outstanding women and men whose career aspirations are as diverse as their ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The program supports BRIDGE residents such as college-bound high-school seniors, people who are transitioning into the workforce, and working adults who are acquiring skills to advance or change careers. These grants are making a critical difference, providing residents with the resources to pursue a financially secure career.


To apply, residents write essays describing their career goals and personal life stories, and provide letters of recommendation. A special committee then selects the recipients. Awards are available up to $6,000 per scholarship.

The program’s applicant pool consists of high-school seniors planning to go to college, longtime workers hoping to acquire skills to advance in a firm or change careers, parents returning to or continuing college while working, and people making the difficult transition from welfare to work. The institutions they hope to attend include public and private colleges, vocational schools, and certification and job skills programs.

Stein Scholarship applications are now being accepted.

You may download an application by clicking the link below. Applications are due no later than Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 11:59PM to be considered for the current round of funding. To request a translated application, please contact the Scholarship Administrator at or 415.321.4077.

To learn more about the 2020 Alan and Ruth Stein Scholarship Program, you can watch a recording of the June 25th Scholarships Webinar below. The Webinar covers topics including: an introduction to the each of BRIDGE’s Scholarship Programs, an overview of who is eligible to apply, a run-through of 2020 application requirements, the timeline for submittal and award announcements, and a question and answer period.

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