A record number of School of Education students benefited from the generosity of donors in academic year 2015-2016.
A total of 66 scholarships and awards – four more than in any previous year − were celebrated and handed out this spring at the 2015 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, held in the University Student Commons and attended by students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff.
School of Education Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs Diane Simon congratulated the recipients of the awards, who were vetted by strict criteria outlined for each scholarship.
“We are thrilled to be able to give generously to our students during this 50th anniversary year [of the school],” Simon said. “It is a sign of our commitment, and that of our alumni and donors, to the success of the next generation of educators.”
Virginia Arnold, a former School of Education faculty member often considered an honorary alumna because of her dedication to the school, is sponsoring one of the scholarships.
“The most important thing you will ever do is get an education, and I want students from all walks of life to have that opportunity,” Arnold said. “If each of us gave $50 a year, imagine how many students could see their dreams come true. Students need our help today more than ever before, and future teachers are a great investment. If we don’t have teachers, we don’t have schools, and we won’t have a future.”
To learn more about the School of Education, contact Ed Kardos, senior director of development, at (804) 828-4692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2015 edition of Impact magazine, produced by the VCU Office of Development and Alumni Relations.