Steven Rubenstein Annual Scholarship Fund

Construct Announces 

The Steven Rubenstein Annual Scholarship Fund (Feb 2017)

Construct is accepting applications for Steven Rubenstein Scholarship now through April 30 2017.

The Steven Rubenstein Scholarship was created by Francine & Kenneth Rubenstein in memory of their son, Steven. Construct administers this award because priorities align with its namesake and because Kenneth is a former Construct Board President.

The scholarship is given to an individual living at 60% of median income or less whose studies will provide the opportunity to help people living in poverty and/or create a more just and peaceful world. Priority is given to individuals who follow in Steven’s areas of interest: and who have received Construct services.

Recipient will be notified by June 1st and the award is given at Construct’s Annual Meeting, June 21st, 2017.

Kenneth Rubenstein, a former member of the Board of Directors of Construct and past President, and his wife, Francine,  make this gift in memory of their son, Steven, with the hope that others are able to carry on the important work in women’s and Latin American studies that was his passion. Beginning in the 1980s, Rubenstein worked with the Shuar people of Ecuador, documenting and analyzing practices of healing, the circulation of shrunken heads, and the ways in which the Shuar reacted to colonization and increasing incorporation into Ecuadorian society. He frequently used life histories of individual Shuar people as a way to understand the political conditions facing the community. He was also known for his application of reflexive and even autoethnographic methods when writing about experiences of intimacy and vulnerability in ethnographic fieldwork.

“We are so excited about being able to offer deserving students this opportunity. Steven Rubenstein spent his life trying to make a difference in the world. This scholarship fund is a perfect way to remember him and honor his life’s work. What more, it opens up the world of higher education to someone who might never have dreamed of going to college,” said Jane Ralph, Executive Director of Construct.