To toast the philanthropic spirit and generosity of our community, Pace University hosted the 26th Annual President’s Scholarship and Benefactor Dinner on Wednesday, March 29th at JW Marriott Essex House in New York City. Nearly 250 people—including President’s Society members, planned giving donors, scholarship benefactors, faculty members, students, and friends of Pace— gathered together to celebrate Pace’s culture of philanthropy and salute outgoing President Stephen J. Friedman’s extraordinary decade of leadership.
The highlight of the President’s Scholarship and Benefactor Dinner is connecting donors and students, enabling all to see firsthand the extraordinary outcomes of philanthropy. Trustee Phil Bleser ’84 emceed the event, while President Friedman spoke of his pride in seeing the virtuous cycle of scholarship giving so thoroughly on display during his decade of service as president. His daughter, Vanessa Friedman, honored her father’s legacy and years of service to Pace by announcing a generous additional gift—jointly contributed by she and her brother, Alexander Friedman—to the President Stephen J. Friedman Endowed Scholarship Fund. The evening concluded with Lubin School of Business student speaker, Morgan Steadwell ’17 sharing her story of perseverance, determination, and ultimate success—thanks to generous scholarship support she received from the Pace community. Morgan spoke about how scholarship support is necessary to achieving positive student outcomes when she said, “Scholarships are of the utmost importance to students and can have an immense impact on their lives. My scholarships have fueled my drive for academic success, given me the opportunity to study abroad, and have been a reminder that I have people who believe in my future.”
By creating scholarships, the generous Pace community of alumni and friends has made the promise of a Pace education possible for so many talented young men and women. Just in the 2016 academic year alone, Pace donors made a major contribution toward the University’s $168.7 million overall investment in aid to its students—and we remain deeply committed to ensuring that all students may afford their Pace education. Click here to see photos from the 26th Annual President’s Scholarship and Benefactor Dinner. We hope to see you there next year!
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