A Message from the President
People often ask, “What is Town and Gown?” or ‘Why should I join Town and Gown?” I start by telling them that for over 50 years we have been supporting students and programs at the world-renowned University of California, Irvine, and that our members have generously donated over one million dollars for scholarships and programs.
Three times a year we have informative luncheons with lectures given by UCI professors. We have a wide range of interest groups for our members to enjoy, everything from Bridge to Happy Hour in Historic Places. Each September we host a lovely free Coffee and Conversation Event at Sherman Library and Gardens for our members and their guests. But most of all, I tell them about the very UNIQUE scholarships that we offer each year.
Our goal is to offer five $5,000 scholarships. Our scholarships are for students who have been admitted to UCI, who have had a five year or more break in their education, who have overcome a personal challenge, and have a plan for how they will use their education to give back to their community. Each Spring our scholarship selection board carefully reviews the applications, reads the personal statements, and conducts interviews to select the students for our scholarships.
Membership and participation in UCI Town and Gown makes the scholarships possible.I am proud to serve as president. I am a raving fan of UCI Town and Gown.
Cathey Ryder President