The Advancement office at Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) hosted the Annual Scholarship Gala on Sept. 26 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to raise money for student scholarships. Through funds from the silent auction, auction platform, table sponsors, and additional donations, over $100,000 was raised which goes to help 87% of students each year.
The unique location allowed for the department of biological sciences to be appropriately featured throughout the evening. Professors and students from the department were stationed throughout the museum exhibits to share their research projects with the gala guests. Jared Rice, assistant professor of math and physical sciences, displayed images of astronomy taken from the Thomsen Observatory, which is located at the university.
During the program, SWAU students shared their musical talents and their testimonies of how scholarship donations have impacted them. Susan Grady, director of alumni and events, said that the Scholarship Gala raises “awareness of the university and some of our academic departments.” This awareness helps to inspire support through donations to aid students’ pursuit of knowledge, faith, and service through Christ-centered education.
Amongst the many organizations and donors in attendance was the Board of Trustees, Texas Health Hugely Hospital, the Sensabaugh family, and the Southwestern Union conferences.