Congratulations to our Jean Shuman Scholarship Winners!
2023 Scholarship Recipient: Lauren
Lauren will be studying biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University this fall. During her involvement with YEA!, she crafted the innovative Foodvie app, showcasing her entrepreneurial spirit. Lauren’s dedication and accomplishments promise a future filled with transformative contributions and accomplishments in the field of biomedical engineering.
“This scholarship will support my academic and career goals by allowing me to focus on my education and intellectual interests. I am beyond grateful to the Shuman family for their generous gift and to Female Strong and YEA! Chicago for their continued support and encouragement.” ~ Lauren
2022 Scholarship Recipient: Ayra
Ayra is a graduate of our 2019 YEA! Chicago cohort and will be studying Health Sciences at DePaul University this fall. She has been an active YEA! Student Ambassador since completing the program, interviewing prospective YEA! students and participating in Business Blast. Ayra hosts the Grow Wealthy podcast and has published the children’s novel Rags 2 Riches: Raise Successful Kids to build financial literacy in youth.
2021 Scholarship Recipient: Olayinka
Hi my name is Olayinka. I am a sophomore studying Computer Science and African and African American Studies at Stanford University.
My goal is to promote and inspire POC women to pursue STEM fields because only amazing things can come from diversity in STEM.
Jean Shuman Scholarship 2023
The Jean Shuman Memorial Scholarship was established by Edgar Shuman and his family as a tribute to his late wife.
Jean, a Pittsburgh, PA native, attended the Julliard School of Music. Following graduation, she appeared at Radio City Music Hall and in Broadway shows. Later, while raising her children, she continued to touch thousands of people with her deep love and understanding of classical and popular music, performing at festivals, supper clubs, and concerts throughout the United States and Canada.
Jean had a lifelong commitment to education – and even started saving for her future childrens’ college education on her honeymoon. She was recognized by all that knew her as a truly kind and compassionate person and was appreciated for her lifelong commitment to her family and art.
The YEA! Chicago recipient will embody YEA! values and the integrity, courage, and skills necessary to thrive in business and life. Priority will be given to participants with demonstrated financial need.
The scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded to a YEA! Chicago program graduate and entering college student. Applications will be reviewed by the Jean Shuman Scholarship selection committee.
This is a one-time $2,500 scholarship meant for a YEA! Chicago graduate. Girls may reapply to the scholarship every year that it is necessary.
This scholarship is open to all YEA! Chicago graduates who are enrolled in a 4 year university. This is not just a scholarship for soon to be freshman students, it is open to those that are currently in a 4 year college. Priority will be given to YEA! Chicago graduates who demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship.
Application opens: May 1, 2024
Application closes: July 15, 2024
Scholarship winner announced: August 1, 2024
All past YEA! Chicago girls who are interested in applying for the scholarship should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.