GPS Black Alumnae Council Aims to Support Students, Faculty, and Staff
Newly formed BAC sets priorities for its mission.
In the fall of 2020, Black GPS alumnae came together to form the Black Alumnae Council (BAC) Steering Committee, which serves to connect alumnae and students with shared experiences and to continue building a welcoming and supportive GPS campus community. The mission of BAC is to:
Attract: Facilitate programs and partnerships that attract Black students, faculty, and staff to the school
Retain: Support Black students—from admission to commencement
Engage: Connect current students and alumnae with mentoring and professional development
Donate: “Friend-raising” and fundraising for GPS needs
Serve: Act as GPS ambassadors in the community and to fellow GPS alumnae
The BAC is excited to launch the Black Alumnae Council Endowed Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a current or incoming Black GPS student(s). This scholarship will be added to the current portfolio of more than 80 endowed scholarships that help GPS annually fund $3.5M in financial aid awards. Other funding sources for financial aid include the annual Impact Fund campaign and the operating budget.
The initial goal is to raise $50,000 over the next three years for the scholarship fund. Because this will be an endowed scholarship, the fund will generate income in perpetuity to be used for financial aid for Black GPS girls. The fund will continue to grow in value over time and should provide support to Black GPS students for decades to come.
The Black Alumnae Council raised $10,000 in two hours during their recent phone-a-thon, pictured here. Thus far, more than $16,000 has been pledged and donated toward the scholarship. This funding opportunity will be part of the upcoming Our Girls | Our GPS Week of Giving, April 16-23.
For any questions contact Ali Gant, Chief Development Officer at AGant@GPS.edu.