As a recipient of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Jobs to Careers Scholarship, Julia Gordievsky’s next step toward a better life became a little easier this year. Gordievsky, a Furman University Undergraduate Evening Studies student, and a cohort of honorees were on hand at a recent luncheon to show their appreciation for the dedicated women who make this support possible.
Women’s Leadership members developed the “Jobs to Careers—Women Helping Women” scholarship and mentoring program to address the need for greater financial stability for Greenville County women and their families, and to help remove some of the barriers that can prevent women from realizing their career goals. To date, the program has granted more than $267,000 to nearly 40 women, with the scholarship to Gordievsky marking the first time a Furman student has been awarded.
Recipients can receive assistance for expenses such as tuition, books, child care and transportation. Women’s Leadership members, who contribute $1,000 or more annually in support of United Way of Greenville County, also donate their time and expertise to provide invaluable mentoring and guidance to women in the program. Mentoring Gordievsky is Sandra Welch, Interim Communications Director for Greenville County Schools.
Gordievsky, a junior Business Administration major who works as a project manager for global firm Faiveley Transport, plans to advance in the ranks at the French rail company, and hopes to eventually be relocated to another country to experience other cultures.
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