Women's Philanthropy Circle (WPC)
Female students face challenges far different from their male colleagues. From commitments to family and home to a lack of financial and emotional support, female students have an entirely different set of issues to deal with when it comes to furthering their education. When a woman overcomes such challenges, she becomes a model for her entire family from her parents and siblings to her spouse and - perhaps most significantly - her children.
"My son is nine years old now, but his entire life he has seen me studying...Education has just been part of his daily routine and he sees higher education and studying as part of the norm. That's a great thing to model for your children."
The rigors of school are intense and sometimes leave students feeling overextended. As one woman explained, they coped with those stresses together by forming study groups where they also cried, complained and persevered together.
"It was a sisterhood that we shared throughout the educational experience."
Zoraida Aniceto, R.N.
Barrow's Neurological Institute
Bilingual Nursing Program