Stephen and Ayesha Curry have launched a scholarship program specifically for girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The foundation will award a $30,000 scholarship annually to a young lady from the Bay area in California.
“Just a reminder that one small gesture can lead to something truly special. From a handwritten note to a $30k scholarship for Vivian Wu to pursue higher education in STEM. Riley Morrison changed the game,” Curry shared on his Instagram.
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Just a reminder that one small gesture can lead to something truly special ??! From a handwritten note ? to a $30k scholarship for Vivian Wu to pursue higher education in STEM. Riley Morrison changed the game. Happy for @ayeshacurry & I to be a part of this journey…#internationalwomensday
The first scholarship was awarded to Vivian Wu, a student with a 4.2 GPA, at the recent Denver Nuggets game vs. the Golden State Warriors. The scholarship was inspired by Riley Morrison, the 9-year-old who questioned Curry about the shoes from his Under Armour sneaker collection not being available in girls’ sizes and colorways. The Golden State Warriors guard collaborated with Morrison designing the latest shoe in his sneaker line, the Curry 6 United We Win shoe, profits will fund forthcoming scholarships.
AAUW.org says, there are countless opportunities for young girls to jump into STEM and explore potential future careers in addition to their significance to the progression of society. Pursuing an occupation in STEM or becoming engaged with STEM at a young age will open countless doors for a lifetime. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, those with a STEM degree earn on average 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.
Bravo to Steph and Ayesha, we believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.