When Mount Vernon College transitioned into the George Washington University in 1999, Mount Vernon alumnae created a unique pin to honor the special legacy of the college. “Press on Regardless” was the pin’s message, and Mount Vernon alumnae have done just that since becoming a part of GW by continuing to keep the spirit of Mount Vernon College alive through philanthropic support.
Support from alumnae has strengthened academic and cultural programming on the Mount Vernon Campus and increased professional and leadership opportunities for students in the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program.
Since the launch of Making History: The Campaign for GW, a philanthropic effort to raise $1 billion for GW’s vision and priorities, Mount Vernon alumnae have donated $2 million to the Campaign. Leading the Campaign efforts for Mount Vernon are Kimberly Humphries, MVC BA ’91, and Cynthia Steele Vance, MVC BA ’79.
In addition to supporting the Mount Vernon Legacy, Mount Vernon women actively support GW’s Breast Care Center, GW Law School, the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, and Power & Promise Scholarship Fund.
“It makes me enormously proud to count myself as an alumna of Mount Vernon College,” said Ms. Steele Vance. “These are women that know and understand the importance of preserving our legacy. I know that all of our graduates will continue to give to Mount Vernon or to GW depending on their personal passions.”
The university is focused on preserving the Mount Vernon legacy with a $5 million goal to increase Women’s Leadership Program scholarships, strengthen the Women’s Leadership Speakers Series, bolster the Mount Vernon Legacy Fund and Faculty-in-Residence Program, and improve the Mount Vernon Archives.
“I am proud to represent Mount Vernon alumnae for the Making History Campaign,” said Ms. Humphries. “There are currently more than 6,700 Mount Vernon Seminary and Mount Vernon College alumnae from 1927 to 1999. If all our alumnae support the campaign, we could exceed our goal of $5 million. Let’s Make History!”
For more information on how Making History: The Campaign for GW can enhance opportunities at the Mount Vernon Campus, visit go.gwu.edu/mvmakinghistory or contact Liz Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-242-6606.