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The LCU Fund for Women’s Education does not make grants to individual scholars. Rather, funds are awarded to partner schools who in turn disburse grants to selected scholars based on the LCU Fund’s eligibility criteria. 

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The LCU Fund for Women’s Education awards funds to selected institutions which in turn disburse funds per the foundation’s scholar eligibility criteria. Grantee institutions must disburse funds regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, immigration status, gender assignment at birth, age or disability.

Research shows that low to middle income undergraduate scholars are most likely to drop out of school in their final two years of school. As such, LCU Scholars are undergraduates in their Junior and Senior level or are enrolled in select professional or graduate programs.

To be eligible, one must:

Be enrolled in either a graduate or undergraduate (Junior or Senior level) program in the arts, education, social work, public administration, religious leadership, criminal justice or health care at a grantee institution at the time of application for an award;

Earn less than $30,000 a year and have no, or very limited, assistance from family or other outside sources;

Possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or provide a portfolio or other evidence of academic or programmatic success.

Scholar Profiles

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, assigned gender at birth, and physical ability. Scholars may be undergraduate or graduate scholars, 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 school for application instructions.

Our scholars often tell us that their LCU Fund support was instrumental in achieving their degrees. Meet some of our inspirational scholars below.

Maham, Former LCU Scholar at City College

This scholarship will not only be helpful to me financially, but it will be a reminder of my commitment to the underprivileged. It will help me recall the good in the world, and the good I hope to fight for. I will pay my debt forward and help others the way that those before me have helped me. I thank you.

Shemeka, Former LCU Scholar at Lehman College

The LCU grant provided me with the help I needed to pay my rent. More importantly, it gave me peace of mind and helped me focus on what was truly important, getting my degree and serving my community.
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