CCNY’s CWE student Lucero Saavedra Huerta is a Women’s Forum Education Fund Scholar

Lucero Saavedra Huerta, a City College of New York student in the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, is a recipient of the Women’s Forum Education Fund Award. The Women’s Forum of New York created the award in 1987 to recognize and support women over the age of 35 who have overcome extreme adversity to resume their education.

The unrestricted $10,000 grant helps Huerta pay for her classes, expenses and course books, which helped relieve her stress and focus on classes. She’s an early childhood education major and will graduate in the fall of 2024.

She came to New York as a teenager from Mexico and continued to pursue her studies while raising her two children. She graduated high school and several years later obtained her associate’s degree.

While at CCNY CWE she also obtained a Dreamers Scholarship and is currently working as a paraprofessional in New York City’s Department of Education. Her goal is to become a special education teacher.

“I love working with children, and for me it is very important and rewarding to give back to my community […] to make the world a better place,” she said.


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Ashley Arocho


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