Thank you for visiting the website for the 2014 President’s Gala, “City Lights,” a benefit for the NDNU Scholarship Fund.

Last year the President’s Gala, our premiere scholarship fundraiser, raised nearly $200,000. Of that, $133,350 (net) benefited The NDNU Fund, providing scholarship support for low-income, underserved students from all walks of life. This year, we are confident even more will be raised and invite you to share in the pleasure of the evening, which includes socializing, fine dining and first-rate student musical talent as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many highly-motivated, deserving students.

The Gala also serves as a venue for honoring individuals who exemplify the mission and values of exceptional service to others, a mainstay of our 163-year-old institution. Surrounded by more than 300 family members, civic leaders, alumni and friends of the university, NDNU will proudly honor Lorry I. Lokey with the ninth Community Spirit Award and William D. Spencer with the second President’s Legacy Award (posthumous).  Please see the Honoree page of the website for details on the outstanding contributions these two individuals have made to NDNU and the greater community.

Founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU is the only university in San Mateo County, the fifth oldest institution of higher education in California, and the first chartered to grant a baccalaureate degree to women—the underserved population of their day. Celebrating 90 years in San Mateo County, NDNU provides the skilled and highly professional workforce critically needed by our communities. NDNU is also well known for our commitment to community engagement. Our students, faculty and staff contribute more than 100,000 hours of service per year in our communities and the university has been honored locally, regionally and nationally for our commitment to service and social justice as well as our success developing meaningful community partnerships.

NDNU serves a diverse population including many first-generation college students. More than 44 percent of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented populations and 95 percent of our students receive financial assistance. This year we have reached an all time high in enrollment, but with this increase comes a growing, and critical, need for scholarship support. During 2011-12, $8 million was awarded as scholarships and in 2012-13 that number rose to just over $9 million. We anticipate the increased demand will persist in 2013-14 as we continue our commitment to provide educational access to underserved populations.

We hope you will join us at the Gala and help us ensure that students from diverse backgrounds succeed in accessing higher education, developing rewarding careers, and improving our communities for generations to come!

For more information on NDNU, please visit our website at www.ndnu.edu.