Councilor Lydia Edwards to Kick off Scholarship Fund Assisting Local Parents

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards plans to kick off her newly established non-profit, the Edwards Empowerment Fund, with a party on Cunard Tavern’s roof deck this Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds collected will go to the Maverick Street Mothers Scholarship, a scholarship aimed to benefit local parents who are active in the community and are currently seeking secondary degrees at Boston-area colleges.

“To honor the Maverick Street mothers, we celebrate the legacy of leaders whose shoulders we stand on and helped shape the history of East Boston,” said Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards. “Scholarship recipients will be shining examples of what it means to be involved and engaged members of the community. They are individuals who continue the important work of the original mothers by advocating for a better East Boston.”

The Maverick Street Mothers organized community protests in the 1960’s against the proposed airport expansion. The protest was widely publicized as both women and men from the community formed a blockade using baby carriages to stop construction and delivery trucks on Maverick Street.

Thursday evening’s event is an effort to raise money for the scholarship fund to disperse in the Fall semester. All applicants must have at least part-time custody of minor child / children, or guardianship of adult child / children, demonstrated hardship, demonstrated dedication to the community in the spirit Maverick Street mothers i.e attending PTA meetings, fundraisers, volunteering in the community, attending civic associations, etc. and attend any accredited institution, but committee will make case-by-case determination to prevent predatory institutions from benefiting from aid.

This is a ticketed event. If you plan on attending, kindly RSVP by visiting this link: or by contacting [email protected] or (617) 635-3200.

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