At the Geneva Scholarship Associates’ recent annual Casino Night, the organization’s signature fundraising event, current and past GSA scholarship recipients and their families joined local supporters and the HWS community for a night of gaming and celebration on the 50th anniversary of the GSA’s founding. The evening successfully raised $20,000 towards their initiatives.
Casino Night was made possible by the title sponsor Belhurst Castle and the generous donations of del Lago Casino and Resort and Lake Country Moving.
Attendees were welcomed to the event by Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12. In remarks by GSA President Robert W. Sollene P’15, he called the accomplishments of the organization “a shining example of the great partnership between HWS and the Geneva community. Since its founding in 1968, the Geneva Scholarship Associates and the Colleges have awarded $2 million in scholarships to more than 200 graduates of Geneva schools to support their enrollment at HWS.”
As a point of pride, Sollene notes that Geneva High School has sent more students to Hobart and William Smith than to any other school in the country. During the event, Sollene announced GSA’s goal to raise $100,000 in anticipation of a June 10th, 2019 celebration to honor donors, past recipients and introduce the newest class of scholars.
Mark Pitifer ’18, a past GSA scholar recipient, expressed gratitude for the GSA and the impact of its members on “students like me, who could not have attended this wonderful institution without the support of the GSA.”
“Our scholars not only perform well academically but are also very active in volunteering in our community which positions them well as future leaders,” Sollene adds. “This combination makes GSA one of the best charitable causes in the Geneva area and it is very rewarding to help our scholars achieve their dreams.”
GSA was founded in 1968, when then HWS President Albert E. Holland partnered with local business owners to create a community-driven organization to provide endowed scholarship support for academically and financially deserving Geneva students to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
For 50 years the GSA/HWS partnership has grown with a robust plan to increase the endowment so that in the future, a Hobart and William Smith education will be a realistic option for more students from the Geneva community. Today GSA is one of many collaborative efforts that underscore the significant relationship between the Geneva community and the Colleges. When community members and businesses support GSA, students of promise gain access to one of the best undergraduate liberal arts educations in the country.
Casino Night was made possible by the generous donations of Belhurst Castle, the title sponsor, del Lago Casino and Resort and Lake Country Moving.