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Huffington Post, Aug 2013

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Scholarships for Women Help to Level the Playing Field

By Jill W. Smith

In 1996, a young woman named Myriam arrived in New York City from Uruguay. She came from an underprivileged family, and she did what many immigrants do: she found a job. For 15 years she worked as a housekeeper while dreaming of more challenging work that would also support a future family. Myriam was eligible for government and school-based aid, but she still could not afford the full-time tuition, fees, books and other costs of rising tuition even at a public college.

Fortunately, she applied to a competitive program at the City University of New York and earned a scholarship to study Radiologic Technology. If you've heard any of President Obama's speeches during his education bus tour through the Northeast this month, you know that Myriam is an exception -- distinguished from countless Americans shut out of higher education because they cannot pay for it. Many of them will be young women, a demographic that is still playing catch-up in education around the globe.

Read the rest of Scholarships for Women Help to Level the Playing Field by JFEW President Jill W. Smith on Huffington Post.