Four years ago we created the Stay Strong Scholarship to support undocumented women who couldn't afford to go to college. We had no idea that immigration would become one of the most contested political topics in the news. We just wanted to support Dreamers and undocumented young women who had come to the U.S. as children and they weren't eligible for financial aid to pursue their dreams and go to college.
Over the past four years Iron Maidens competitors have raised over $90,000 to send women to college. We have graduated four students with Associate Degrees and our first student to complete a Bachelor's degree graduated this May from Lehman College!
We are currently supporting six students making their way through college. Three are at Hostos Community College, Bronx Community College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College and three have moved on to bachelor's degree programs at Lehman and John Jay Colleges.
Your efforts have made these degrees possible! By participating in fundraising for the Stay Strong Scholarship you are contributing to positive change in the lives of women. I hope that as you're training this year for the Iron Maidens Raw Open you will put aside some time to fundraise for the Stay Strong Scholarship.