Thanks to a full-tuition state scholarship, Thomas LeBlanc became a first-generation college student. Decades later, as president of the George Washington University, he is at the helm of an institutional-wide effort to build a new future for GW and aspire to preeminence as a comprehensive global research institution.
“I'm forever grateful that I was able to go to college on the good graces of other people who created and supported scholarships,” said Dr. LeBlanc. “In many cases, I didn’t even know who those people were—but they invested in me—and I really can't think of anything more powerful than that.”
As a scholarship recipient, Dr. LeBlanc owes his education and career to people who gave back to their alma mater. It is among the reasons he is so passionate about creating opportunities for all students, and thankful for the generosity of friends and alumni like you.
Many students at GW have supporters like you to thank for the world-class education and experiences they’re receiving. That includes scholarship recipient Sacred Huff, GW Law '19, who shared her powerful GW story during the 2018 Power & Promise Dinner. Athletics Director and alumna Tanya Vogel explains why supporting student-athletes is worth the investment. You will also learn why Steve LaForte, BA '86, JD '93, gives back to his alma mater.
As Dr. LeBlanc likes to say, “There is no greater force for social mobility in our society than education.” Thank you for enabling the next generation of leaders, innovators, and change-makers to get their start at GW.