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Our Students

Each year, some 150 women receive crucial housing funding from the LCU Fund for Women's Education, distributed through our grant-making partners. Women selected for funding reflect the diversity of New York City itself—not only in their chosen profession, but in their age, cultural background, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, language, sexual identity, and physical ability. Students may be undergraduate or graduate students, enrolled in full-time or part-time programs. Please note that the LCU Fund does not grant funds to individuals; funds are disbursed through our grant-making partners, which in turn grant stipends according to the LCU Fund's eligibility criteria. If you are interested in applying for a housing grant from the LCU Fund, please contact your institution for application instructions.

Our students often tell us that their LCU Fund support was instrumental in achieving their degrees. Read some of the inspirational stories below.


Ensuring That All Have a Place at the Table

A Rabbinical School student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, this student began to plant the seeds for her rabbinic career through volunteerism in the Washington, D.C., area. Having served on the leadership teams for two independent non-affiliated prayer communities, she sees her rabbinate being highly focused on communal service. She is particularly interested in teaching, pastoral counseling and bringing the Jewish tradition’s wisdom to bear on social issues. She is, to the very best of her knowledge, the first blind woman to ever attend a rabbinical school.

In Her Mother's Honor

Born in Fujian, China, this student at the City College of New York’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is the first generation in her family to attend college. As a young child, she frequently accompanied her mother to the hospital to translate for her. Sadly, she lost her mother when she was 14, and since then it was her goal to become a doctor so that she could help those like her mother. "My classes are difficult and fast-paced; this grant will help me tremendously in succeeding in medical school. . . . Thank you so much for helping me reach my goals!"

Committed to a Healthy Community

An experience volunteering at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn inspired this student beneficiary at Columbia University School of Nursing to pursue a career as a nurse midwife. The first in her family to attend college, she earned a BA in English and theater from Bowdoin College. As a nurse midwife, she plans to work in high-need areas such as her neighborhood in Brooklyn and serve as a clinician, advocate, and resource for young unwed mothers.

Living an Honorable Life

An LCU Fund grant enabled this Hunter College nursing student to pay for a dorm room, which meant she could live on campus close to the hospitals where her practicum classes were held. Without the grant, she would not have been able to complete the many hours of studying, practicum, and classes required to earn her diploma in May 2013 cum laude. Currently working as an RN at Lenox Hill Hospital, she is also an executive board member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

Becoming a More Disciplined and Focused Student

For her first two years in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College, this student commuted four hours a day from Queens. The resultant fatigue left her unable to concentrate in class and during group study sessions. The LCU housing grant helped her to afford getting a one-bedroom apartment with a friend near the City College Campus. She truly believes the opportunity to live near campus allowed her to be more focused, with opportunities to participate in school clubs and leadership programs.

The Gift of Time to Excel Academically

Another student from the competitive and rigorous Sophie Davis biomedical education program at City College, this student struggled to afford living near campus to avoid a 4-hour commute from her family’s home in Jamaica, Queens. She, along with some other Haitian students at Sophie Davis, was very involved in extra-curricular fundraising activities on campus after the earthquake in Haiti. While she had been working more than 20 hours per week at a Harlem school, she realized that this job affected her ability to produce high-quality work in the Sophie Davis program. The LCU Grant helped her live near campus and devote the necessary time to excel academically.

Music for Community Change

Also the first member of her family to attend college, this student in City College’s Vocal Jazz Program has pursued her passion with dedication, believing that music can be a powerful means of bringing people together. She currently serves as assistant choral director of the non-profit Artistic Dreams International, a program that offers low-income youth immersion in the arts through choral music and visual arts. 

Relieving the Financial Strain

Born to immigrant parents from Egypt, this student beneficiary cannot remember a time when financial instability did not haunt her. She witnessed her parents struggle, jumping from one job to another because they had difficulty speaking the language. The financial support she has received from the LCU Fund that allows her to live near campus while relieving the financial strain on her family. As result of the grant, she has more time to devote to the demanding Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and co-curricular activities.

Building a Safe and Stable Life

An outstanding student at Lehmann College, this student beneficiary—identified as a Presidential Scholar in 2011, with a near-perfect GPA—is also a single mother raising her 11-year-old daughter. The LCU housing grant has helped her stabilize her housing situation and provided a secure place for her and her daughter to live as she completes her degree. 

An Unwavering Desire to Help

While volunteering to provide free medical screening to a community in Maclovio, Mexico, this student beneficiary at Columbia University School of Nursing — enrolled in the demanding Master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program — developed an interest in international medicine. Along the way she has worked at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology floor and served as a teaching assistant for incoming BS/MS Program students in the physical assessment lab.

A Devotion to Her Community

Born and raised in Harlem, this student beneficiary has long aspired to serve as an example within her community by becoming a successful physician. With the support of the LCU Fund, she studies biochemistry and physics at City College and plans on attending medical school. Her goals include practicing medicine in underserved areas, much like the area in which she grew up. 

Carrying the Load

It took seven years for this student beneficiary to earn a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and English. One of her greatest challenges was overcoming her chronic reality of financial insecurity. Still, she persevered, and today “I can honestly say that I would not have made it this far without the help of the LCU grant.” In her last semester, unable to take part-time jobs due to her daytime student teaching schedule and evening classes, the LCU Fund grant provided an essential bridge. “Thank you LCU for helping me pursue my career as a teacher.”

Driven by Compassion

Having majored in psychology and social welfare at University of California, Berkeley, this student beneficiary in the Combined BS/MS Program at Columbia’s School of Nursing is pursuing a grueling pediatric specialty with a subspecialty in oncology; she’s also applying for the subspecialty in pediatric palliative and end-of-life care. Given the intensive class and clinical demands of her studies, the LCU grant has been a source of significant financial relief.

Facing the Challenges of Life

A senior at Lehman College, this student beneficiary —a single parent raising a young daughter — struggles to balance work responsibilities, personal responsibilities, and coursework. Despite the challenges, she has been successful in doing so and has even found time to be active in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Careers in Teaching program. 

Art for Social Change

A graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts Program at City College, this student beneficiary’s focus is in film – writing and directing documentaries. Her goal is to educate and give a voice to today’s youth, and to “break barriers of ignorance through film.” She was referred for a LCU Housing Grant by a counseling center after leaving a home where she felt unsafe. She is thankful to the LCU Foundation for providing security and peace of mind as she pursues her graduate degree.