On April 13, the George Washington University celebrated the power of education and the promise of tomorrow's leaders at its annual Power & Promise dinner.
More than 350 guests—donors, students, parents, university leaders, and friends—came together to recognize the impact of scholarships and fellowships. Many donors were able to meet and connect with the students who are the beneficiaries of their scholarships--a special and emotional experience for those on both the giving and receiving ends.
Five students representing six schools shared their personal stories, which collectively illustrated the arc and totality of the GW student experience. Their reflections highlighted the many areas in which philanthropy makes a difference in the lives of students.
Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Carbonell, Jr., B.S. ’85, who came to GW on a scholarship and has established an endowed scholarship in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, summed up the evening in his closing remarks, saying "I know that [students] sit here tonight thinking what a wonderful opportunity you’ve been given by the generous person you’re at the table with. But let me tell you, I’m sitting at the table with you, and I’m the one getting the gift.”
- Browse the video clips and photos below for highlights of this memorable celebration.
- Read the GW Today recap article, "Power and Promise Brings Students and Supporters Together."