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Colin Powell School Receives $1 Million Gift from Kenan Charitable Trust

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Colin Powell School Receives $1 Million Gift from Kenan Charitable Trust

Colin Powell School Receives Gift

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is pleased to announce a new multi-year gift from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, designated for our Office of Student Success. This new grant of $1 million will be used to develop programming that will ground students firmly in the social and organizational fabric of the university, inspire in them a sense of agency about their education and lives, and help them, as early as possible, to connect their academic work to a vision of the future. 

The Kenan Trust gift builds on a strong relationship with the trust that goes back to our years as the Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service. With their financial support, we were able to allocate crucial funds and staffing resources to develop internship and leadership-building initiatives for our various fellowship programs. The new gift will expand our ability to take the many lessons learned during that time and expand our programming to reach the significantly larger population of students in the school. 

Students attend a seminar.One of our major goals is to provide a solid foundation for our students: connecting them to professional experiences and linking them to an alumni mentor network. We know that as students arrive on campus, one of the most important ways we can help them bridge the transition from high school or as a transfer student to successfully graduating is to help them develop, and become a stakeholder in, strong networks of connected students and, just as important, alumni who to help propel them into secure and prosperous professionals. 

This new gift will contribute to our goals of strengthening social connections among students, compelling them to be more intentional in their approach to education, connecting their academic work to a broader sense of personal and professional mission, and providing opportunities to put into practice what they learn. This foundation is fundamental to the success of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, and therefore fundamental to the success of our students. We remain grateful to the leadership of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust for their dedication to the mission of the Colin Powell School and for their steadfast commitment to education at our school and around the country. 

To learn more about the trust, please visit: http://www.kenancenter.org/history.asp