About Dr. Patricia Cunningham II Scholarship Fund
Dr. Patricia Cunningham, fondly called Dr. Patty, was a key member of the ROX team as a program facilitator, a trainer and a relentless advocate for girls. She launched the ROX program at Columbus City Preparatory School for girls in Columbus, Ohio and through her work empowered hundreds of girls throughout her program facilitation. Dr. Patty was intensely committed to providing underrepresented students with opportunities and access in order to build greater aspirations.
Growing up homeless in southeastern Ohio, Dr. Patty used education as her opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and put herself through college and graduate school, earning her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Her life’s work revolved around serving others and her ongoing mantra “Service is the rent we pay for living” was congruent with her actions. Patty was a student, educator, advocate, researcher, motivator and role model. She impacted the lives of thousands of students through her “tough love”, through challenging the status quo and through providing educational opportunities for those with limited resources. Through her dedication and determination, Patty changed the trajectory of countless young lives and will forever be remembered as a champion for women and girls.
Those who worked with her described her as passionate, relentless, inspiring, strong, selfless, funny, smart, proud to be herself, confident, determined, fearless, positive, wonderful, lovely, fierce, vibrant, dedicated, warm, tireless, brilliant, impactful an advocate, a fighter and an agent for change.
We lost our brave and courageous friend in February 2017 and here at ROX, we are not willing to let Dr. Patty’s passion subside, nor her impact be limited. We are committed to carrying on her legacy of social justice, gender equity and access to education for all and have established the Dr. Patty Cunningham ROX Scholarship Fund that will support ROX programming in schools where Dr. Patty was most active and committed.
What will the fund support?
The fund will provide direct support for ROX programming in schools with a designated poverty level of 75% or above. This includes opportunities for ROX Facilitator licensure training as well as school-program costs. We believe that all girls can benefit from ROX and that all girls should have the opportunity to access the important information and skills - especially girls with limited access to programming such as ROX.
Dr. Patty created legacies of kindness, hope, fervor, passion, confrontation, determination, and justice through her work and now we are her continued legacy. Join us to continue this important work and to ensure generations of girls are continually motivated and inspired by our amazing friend and colleague Dr. Patty Cunningham.