The next step toward a better life became a little easier this year for Undergraduate Evening Studies student Julia Gordievsky as she became the first-ever Furman University recipient of the United Way Women’s Leadership Jobs to Careers Scholarship. Gordievsky 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 awarded over $267,000 to nearly 40 women.
The scholarship helps to alleviate some of the expenses associated with pursuing a degree such as tuition, books, child care and transportation. Women’s Leadership members each contribute $1,000 or more annually in support of United Way of Greenville County and 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 relocate to another country to experience other cultures.