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