LCU Fund for Women's EducationLCU Fund for Women's Education

Opening Doors Since 1858

2018 Presidents Award Winner and friends

2018 Leadership Award winner Ithamar Turenne (center) and friends more about the award

2016 Student Beneficiaries

2016 Student Beneficiaries more about student beneficiaries

2016 Presidents Award Winner and friends

2016 President's Award winner Breanna Joiner (center) and friends more about the award

2016 Spring Student Mixer

2016 Spring Student Mixer

LCU Student Beneficiary Alicia Brown

Alicia Brown, LCU Student Beneficiary more about student beneficiaries

LCU Board Members & Friends at 2014 LCU Gala

LCU Board Members and friends at the 2014 Student Showcase & Donor Gala more photos

Spring Student Mixer 2015

2015 Spring Student Mixer more photos

2014 LCU Student Showcase & Donor Gala

2014 Student Showcase & Donor Gala more photos

Opening Doors Since 1858

For over 150 years, the LCU Fund for Women’s Education has offered a helping hand to newcomers and career-seekers striving to make their mark in the great metropolis of New York, where dreams all too often dangle just out of reach. Starting in 1858, the LCU began helping women secure safe, affordable housing in New York City; more recently, through its innovative grant program launched in 2001, the LCU Fund has awarded over $10.5M to 35 educational institutions to alleviate housing costs for female students of limited financial means.  While the LCU Fund has evolved from providing housing to being a private grant-making foundation, its mission has never changed: to address the alarming imbalance between New York City’s extraordinary educational opportunities and the shortage of low-cost housing.

LCU Fund is NYC’s only student grant program that specifically covers housing, thereby closing what is often an insurmountable gap between academic scholarship money and the reality of living in New York. With these grants, some 2,000 promising women have been freed to focus on their studies and stay on track to complete their degrees. Upon graduation, LCU Fund scholars embark upon meaningful careers in a range of fields with one thing in common — they are dedicated to giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of others.

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About Us

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education is a private, secular, non-profit organization with more than 150 years of providing housing support for women pursuing their education.

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Recent News & Events

  • LCU Fund releases RFP for Funder Researcher. more.
  • LCU Fund releases RFP for Technical Writer Consultant. more.
  • LCU Fund announces newly elected Treasurer. more.