More than 350 trustees, donors, students, staff, and friends attended the George Washington University’s annual Power & Promise dinner, celebrating the power of education and the promise of tomorrow’s leaders, on April 5 in Washington, DC. GW’s Colonial Brass Band kicked off the evening with their rendition of the GW Fight Song, setting the tone for a spirited evening that emphasized how scholarships, made possible by philanthropic support, enable students to take full advantage of a GW education and its many accompanying opportunities.
“All of this is a testament of the commitment of the GW community to increasing access to higher education,” Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning Forrest Maltzman said. “No single investment in GW has as great a return as a scholarship.”
Marwan Sulaiman, a 2014 graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs and recipient of the Dirk S. Brady Endowed Scholarship, and Teresa Moran Schwartz, JD ’71, the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor Emeritus of Public Interest Law, spoke on how their lives were changed by scholarships. More than 60 percent of GW students receive financial support, which reduces loan burdens on graduates and helps make higher education accessible to those who might otherwise struggle to afford tuition.
Established by President Steven Knapp, Power & Promise has raised nearly $100 million in scholarships and fellowships since 2009. GW has established 14 new endowed scholarships and fellowships in Fiscal Year 2014.