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Tri-C Foundation Presidential Scholarship Luncheon raises $1.3 million


CLEVELAND: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates added to his legacy of leadership by helping the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Foundation raise $1.3 million for scholarships.


The critically needed funds — the result of the Foundation’s 2018 Presidential Scholarship Luncheon — will help Tri-C students with financial need pursue higher education and achieve their academic goals.


Gates served as keynote speaker at the luncheon, which took place Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Public Square. In nearly five decades of public service, Gates served eight U.S. presidents. His storied career culminated in 2011 with President Barack Obama awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.


Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship Luncheon has raised more than $19 million for Tri-C students. “Every dollar represents an investment in the people of Northeast Ohio,” said Trina Evans, chairperson of the Tri-C Foundation. “This is about providing the opportunity to achieve. Lives change from these scholarships and the generosity of Foundation donors.”


KeyBank served as presenting sponsor of the sold-out luncheon, which seated more than 1,000. Overall, more than 150 donors received recognition during the event for their support of student success efforts.


Gates met with students in Tri-C’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars program before the luncheon to talk about leadership and achievement.


“Our Mandel Scholars are aspiring leaders who aim to make the impact of a Robert Gates,” said Megan O’Bryan, president of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. “His inspiring words may help launch the career of another great public servant.”


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