A Message from President Armbrister
“It’s a Team Effort.”
To the Girard College Family,
In mid-May, we sent a video to all of our constituents. The title of the video was “We're Going Places,” and it featured some of our students confidently laying out their plans to go to college, to cure cancer and to make better lives for themselves and for others.
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Those of us who work at Girard College watched that video with pride. It is, after all, the reason we are here … to fulfill Stephen Girard’s vision of life-changing opportunity and to help our students realize their dreams.
As we celebrate our victories, we also recognize that they are the result of team effort.
Two particular stories from the the 2014-15 school year come to my mind when I think of the team work evident in our community every day.
One is the spectacular news that senior Brandon Dixon was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship– a scholarship that guarantees funding for his bachelor’s degree, his master’s degree and his doctorate. When interviewed about being part of a select group of awardees (only 1.75% of applicants were successful in attaining this particular scholarship), Brandon (below, left) immediately credited others. He credited his teachers for preparing him academically, his RAs for imparting life lessons, his mother for her unwavering belief in his future, one particular classmate who provided valuable competition throughout the years, and his college counselor for encouraging him through a long and difficult GMS application process. Brandon recognized that his success was a team victory, and he readily expressed his gratitude.