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After graduating from SUNY Brockport, Romanda Gibson-Stevenson spent years working and caring for her family. To get ahead, she needed more schooling, but resources were tight.

Aid from the Women's Week Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation helped Romanda earn her master's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2004.

Now she's a youth advocate for the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, serving as a mentor/coach for students at East High School. Romanda has also started her own business, Samaritan Women, Inc., which helps women who have been incarcerated reunite successfully with their children. "Without the support from the Women's Week Scholarship, it would have been much more difficult to go back to school and get my degree," she says.

About Scholarships at the Foundation

In today’s economy, most young adults need additional education to be marketable. At the same time, they face a growing gap between the cost of higher education and the aid available to afford it.

To help bridge that divide, our 100 scholarship funds provide more than half a million dollars a year to more than 400 young people. The Women's Week Scholarship Fund awards up to $2,500 each to eligible women in Monroe and Genesee counties.

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