CRANFORD – The Union College Foundation recently launched a new student success initiative, the Women 100 Project which helps to raise funds to support Union’s female students. The mission of the project is to empower the next generation of women leaders – a critical endeavor for the success of our community and nation. Through the generous support of Women 100 Project donors, the Foundation was able to develop a new Single Mothers Scholarship to assist eight single mothers who are working toward their degrees at Union College, with $500 each.
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “Just eight percent of single mother undergraduates in the United States earn an associate degree within six years of enrolling in college, compared with nearly half (49 percent) of women in college who are not mothers.” This is why the Women 100 Single Mothers Scholarship is so vital. As shared from one of the recipients, “I am currently unemployed due to COVID. I also have an eight-year-old son and trying to take care of him while on unemployment is really difficult. This scholarship will help me better myself in life,” stated Alexsandra, a Single Mothers Scholarship recipient. This scholarship will aim to ensure that single mothers at Union receive the assistance they need to achieve their dream of a college education.
“This is just the start of the Women 100 Project,” stated Union College Foundation Executive Director Doug Rouse. “We look forward to raising more funds and helping to support many female students through programming and scholarships at Union College.”
To support the project, a donation of $100 can be made from an individual, corporate, or community leaders. For more information on the Women 100 Project and how you can support this initiative, please visit www.ucc.edu/women100.