Since its inception in 1992, the Presidential Scholarship
Luncheon has raised more than $18 million to help Tri-C students
with financial need pursue higher education and achieve their
“Opportunity begins with access to higher education,” said
chairperson of the Tri-C Foundation. “Scholarships
created through this luncheon
critically needed funds for those who might otherwise be
unable to afford the life-changing classes and workforce
training offered at the College.”
Mr. Gates adds to the list of distinguished speakers to headline
the Presidential Scholarship Luncheon, joining Presidents
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and diplomats such as
Rice, Gen. Colin Powell,
and Madeleine Albright.
Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent
nearly 27 years as an intelligence official. He became director
of the CIA in 1991, becoming the only officer to rise from
entry-level employee to the head of the agency.
He served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011 under
Presidents Bush and Obama. He is the only secretary of defense
in the nation’s history asked to remain in office by a newly
Gates now serves as chancellor of William & Mary, his
alma mater in Williamsburg, Virginia. Previously, he was
president of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2006.
“Throughout his life, Robert Gates has answered the call to
serve others while building a legacy of leadership,” said
Megan O‘Bryan, president of the Tri-C Foundation. “We’re
honored to welcome him to our annual luncheon to share his
experiences and support scholarships.”
The luncheon discussion with Mr. Gates will be moderated by
Dr. Toby Cosgrove, executive advisor and former CEO and
president of the Cleveland Clinic.
For ticket information, call the Tri-C
Foundation at 216-987-4868.