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Scholarship students thank donors at College breakfast

Donors and students gathered for a celebration of thanks when the College of Humanities and Sciences hosted its Donor Scholarship Breakfast at the Institute for Contemporary Art on December 3.
three V.C.U. students with a donor

This annual event celebrates the continued generosity and commitment of the College’s biggest supporters. The College currently offers more than 150 scholarships for its students and has awarded more than $325,000 in donor-funded financial support in 2019-20.

More than 100 guests packed in the ICA’s forum, where donors and students met one another – many for the first time – snacked on pastries and fruit, and were treated to a special thank you video that featured scholarship students. In the video, students shared the impact that the scholarship had on their lives, with one student explaining that the scholarship “lifted the weights of the world off [her] chest.”

Guests also heard from Kristina Donnally, below, a senior majoring in history and anthropology, who spoke to the crowd about her summer as an archaeological intern on a dig in Israel made possible by the Baldacci Experiential Learning Scholarship.

Kristina Donnally

“Receiving the Baldacci scholarship did not just mean a cool study abroad experience or help from a financial burden, but indeed it meant so much more. This scholarship meant the best summer of my whole life. It meant that I got to follow my dreams, and now as I head into my final semester, I’m excited about my future.”

To learn more about scholarships in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, please contact Bethanie Constant, senior director of advancement, at (804) 828-4543 or

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