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LCU Fund set to host fall benefit to be held October 19, 2017.

Save the date for the LCU Fund's fall celebration of outstanding student leaders October 19, 2017 to be held at  the Manhattan Club from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Stay tuned for details!

LCU Fund for Women's Education announces 2017 grantees

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following 2017 grantees:

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The New School - Mannes School of Music, New York Studio School, City College of New York, Lehman College, New York University Silver School of Social Work, Bank Street College of Education, The New York Academy of Art, Columbia University School of Nursing, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, Juilliard, The Jewish Theological Seminary and Metropolitan College of New York.

LCU announces 2016 recipient of President's Award for Excellence in Leadership

Breanna JoinerThe LCU Fund for Women's Education congratulates Breanna Joiner, the 2016 recipient of the LCU Fund President's Award for Excellence in Leadership. Named in honor of past LCU President Carol Farris, this award is designed to recognize a current student beneficiary who demonstrates outstanding leadership in her home and / or school community. Breanna will graduate from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the CIty College of New York this spring and will matriculate to the Albany Medical School in the fall. Read more about Breanna.

LCU elects new executive officers

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following newly elected Executive Officers of the Fund's Board of Directors:

* Leslie Ehrlich - Assistant Treasurer

* Margaret Dietsche - Secretary


LCU Fund for Women's Education Announces Event Committee

The LCU Fund for Women's Education wishes to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to helping promising women students pursue a career in a profession that serves the community by signing on as members of the Fund's Fall Reception and Celebration Event Committee.

Many thanks to: Jana Bergdall, Garry Buff, Ligia Cravo, Christine Evangelides Donovan, Margaret Dietsche, Ronny Diamond, Peter Drake, Leslie Ehrlich, Gilbert Espinosa, HOlly Hughes, Mill Jonakait, Mary Keegan, Richard Kessler, Chelsea LeMar, Joseph Magdaleno, Mary Jo Mullan, Robin Pollock, Holly Roberts, Martha Sermier, Carol Ann Starmack, Jeanette C. Takamura, Lynn Videka and Linda J. Wright.

For details on the event, click here.

LCU Fund for Women's Education Fall Fundraising Reception Save-the-Date!

Save-the-Date! The LCU Fund will host a fall fundraising reception and celebration on Thursday October 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Riverpark - a Tom Colicchio restaraunt in Manhattan's Kip's Bay neighborhood. Tickets on sale at July 31st.


LCU Fund for Women's Education Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the appointments of Chelsea LeMar and Holly Roberts to the Board of Directors.

Chelsea LeMar is an Account Executive at Spector & Associates, a public relations firm. Chelsea started her career in politics and government, and then pursued her Master's Degree in Public Administration from London School of Economics. Chelsea is a public servant at heart, and has made a commitment to being involved in her community and promoting the advancement of women. In her spare time, Chelsea plays on a competitive women's soccer team and practices yoga. She enjoys trying new things and pursing her interests in creative ways.

Holly Roberts, MD is a Board certified Psychiatrist and has worked for many years as a clinician in both inpatient and out patient settings and private practice. Currently, she is a Medical Director at Acorda Therapeutics where she is responsible for the medical oversight of Acorda’s Post Stroke program. She has worked at both Pfizer Inc where she was involved in Medical Affairs for several medications in the Psychiatry and Neurology. She also served as a Medical Director for Forest Labs where she was responsible for large multi national trials in Depression, Schizophrenia  and Bipolar Disorder.

LCU Fund for Women's Education Board of Directors Welcomes New Member

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the appointment of  Valeta Prendergast to the Board of Directors.

Valeta L. Prendergast was born on the sunny island of Jamaica and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was three years old. Growing up in the Northeast Bronx with her close-knit family and extended families, Valeta learned the value of hard work, dedication and compassion. It’s these life lessons that continue to drive her each day. She received a BA with a double major in English and World History from Hunter College. In 2004 she won the highly competitive Clark Fellowship Award through NYU Wagner while simultaneously obtaining a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Planning and working full-time for American Jewish World Service. Her focal point has been nonprofit management which directly correlates with her vast experience wearing many “hats” at start-up nonprofit organizations. In 2013 Valeta was promoted to a senior level position in which her portfolio entails contract management, implementing a travel management system for the entire organization, insurance review and compliance as well as records retention. On her downtime Valeta enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family, volunteering for her favorite charities, traveling, reading mystery novels, watching horror movies and writing poetry.

LCU Fund Partner Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Receives National Recognition

Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing (PBISN) - a grantee partner of the LCU Fund, is delighted to announce that it has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing (NLN) for the years 2014 to 2018. PBISN was one of six schools of nursing in 2014 to earn this prestigious distinction. The school received the designation in the “Student Learning and Professional Development” category. Recognition by the NLN as COE in Nursing Education distinguishes those schools that demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, student learning, professional development and continuous quality improvement. Since the program’s inauguration in 2004, only 35 nursing schools nationwide have attained Center of Excellence designation. Throughout the four years that the school carries the COE designation, faculty and administration will serve as advisors and sounding boards to others that seek COE status. Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the NLN noted that “We [the NLN] consider these institutions to be standard bearers of excellence—role models whose faculty, deans, and researchers are available to share knowledge and experience that lifts the entire nursing community.”

LCU Fund for Women's Education Invites Submissions for Upcoming Art Show and Sale

The LCU Fund's Student Showcase and Donor Gala on October 2, 2014 the John Jay College of Criminal Justice will feature a curated exhibit of original artworks by current or former LCU Fund-supported artists. We are currently seeking submissions for consideration (deadline August 25th). For details, e-mail Sara Espinosa at

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