Steph and Ayesha Curry recently launched a girl in STEM scholarship via the Steph and Ayesha Curry Foundation. The program targets girls interested in science, technology, education, and math (STEM) careers.
The idea for the scholarship was inspired by 9-year-old Riley Morrison who questioned Curry about the shoes from his Under Armour sneaker collection not available in the girls’ section on the Under Armour website and unavailable in girls’ sizes. The Golden State Warriors guard collaborated with Morrison and designed the latest shoe in his sneaker line, the Curry 6 United We Win shoe. Profits will fund forthcoming scholarships.
The goal for the foundation is to annually award a $30,000 scholarship to a girl from the San Francisco, Bay Area. At the recent Denver Nuggets game vs. the Golden State Warriors, the first scholarship was awarded to Vivian Wu, a student with a 4.2 GPA, who has completed over 300 hours of community service. In effort an effort to promote STEM, the scholarship will be disbursed over a two-year period and requires the recipient to take two or more STEM-related classes and maintain a 3.0 GPA while in college.
“I was immediately impressed when I saw Riley’s letter; that a 9-year-old girl had the courage to use her voice to call attention to an issue and keep us accountable,” Curry said in a statement. “She was focused on the opportunity for all girls — not just herself. She’s been an amazing catalyst for change – not only with my product, but also with the entire Under Armour brand.”
“Just a reminder that one small gesture can lead to something truly special!” Curry also posted recently on Instagram. “From a handwritten note to a $30k scholarship for Vivian Wu to pursue higher education in STEM. Riley Morrison changed the game.”