Monday, September 12, 2016

Today’s youth have the potential to transform their families, communities, and the world—but for many of them, higher education opportunities are out of reach. In a global marketplace rich with ideas and talent but constrained by inequality, scholarships are an important way to increase access to higher education for all who are ready to pursue their personal dreams and serve their society.


Welcome Remarks

Ford Foundation Vice President Hilary Pennington discusses how scholarships can close the inequality gap in higher education.

Cultivating Agents of Social Change

The National Journal's Ron Brownstein leads a conversation on how scholarships can prepare students to become social change agents. Panelists include:

Susan Berresford Former President, Ford Foundation
Allan Golston President of United States Programming, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bradford Smith President, Foundation Center

Advancing Social Inclusion

The Washington Post's Jeff Selingo discusses the role of scholarships in creating access to higher education with: 

Donald Graham Co-Founder, The Dream.US
Freeman A. Hrabowski III President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Reeta Roy President and CEO, MasterCard Foundation

Special Performance by Sphinx Global Scholars

Two artists from Sphinx Global Scholars perform Caprice No. 24 in A Minor by Niccolo Paganini.

Randall Goosby and Khari Joyner Musicians
Introduction Jane L. Polin Philanthropic Advisor

In Conversation

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker moderates a conversation regarding how scholarships and fellowships can be designed to increase access to higher education and build strong support systems. Speakers include: 

Juliet Garcia Former Trustee, Ford Foundation
Helen Gichohi Managing Director, Equity Bank Foundation

Harold Levy President, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Tsitsi Masiyiwa Co-founder, Higher Life Foundation

Strengthening Institutions

Ford Foundation board member Francisco Cigarroa moderates a discussion about how scholarships and academic institutions can work together to eliminate barriers to higher education. Panelists include:
Nancy Cantor Chancellor, Rutgers- Newark

Nancy Cantor Chancellor, Rutgers- Newark
Carolyn A. “Biddy” Martin President, Amherst College
Earl Lewis President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Closing Reflections

Ford Foundation vice president Hilary Pennington moderates a conversation about how to design scholarship programs to support and foster students, especially those focused on social justice. Speakers include:

Adam Meyerson President, The Philanthropy Roundtable
Millicent Mlauzi MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Michigan State University 
Kennedy Mubaiwa Director of Education, Higherlife Foundation
Alicia Strong Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Wesleyan University

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