William & Mary turned 324 years old over Charter Day Weekend and there was a great deal of excitement as alumni, students, parents, faculty and friends converged on campus to celebrate this annual tradition. On Saturday afternoon, thunderous cheers echoed all around Kaplan Arena after the men’s basketball team triumphed over Charleston.
Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of officially unveiling Affording Opportunity as the name of our $350 million scholarships effort in our campaign. Through this newly named effort, we aim to inspire the entire William & Mary community to invest in scholarships so that extraordinary students can afford the opportunity to attend our prestigious and revered institution. Affording Opportunity has already started making an appearance in signage around campus and will be in our campaign materials, on the For the Bold website and highlighted in almost every event we hold so that we can reinforce our No. 1 priority in everything we do.
Since the start of the campaign, more than $212 million has been raised for scholarships — through gifts of all sizes — helping thousands of high-caliber students pursue their passions without burden and allowing the university to build a vibrant community of diverse perspectives. This year alone, nearly 1,500 students have received scholarships to attend W&M thanks to the generosity of donors who believe in the transformational impact of scholarships.
As campaign chair, I know firsthand that in order to inspire the community to give to this area, we must make a strong and compelling case for support. To help do this, we will continue to share impactful stories of current students and alumni who benefited from scholarships. And you can bet that there is no shortage of stories about the many ways scholarships gifts can change lives.
Here are just a few examples:
There is so much more news to report, including the fact that we have four alumni who have so graciously volunteered to lead For the Bold in the Washington, D.C., metro area:
• Lynn Melzer Dillon ’75
• Teri Dale Dungan ’88
• Thomas Dungan III ’88
• Jeffrey Trammell ’73
Check out the story about what inspired them to lead efforts where nearly 51,000 alumni, parents and friends currently reside.
Here are a few stories featured in this edition of the campaign e-newsletter:
I hope you enjoy reading about all the great recent William & Mary news. As always, please let me know if you ever have any questions.
Sue Hanna Gerdelman ’76
Campaign Chair, For the Bold