Thank You for Helping Us Build a Door to Opportunity!
The theme of this year’s fourth annual OpportunityTalks Breakfast was based on a quote by Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Thank you to everyone that joined us on November 1. Together we raised $900,000 to build doors to opportunity for Washington’s promising science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care students.
As we shared with this year’s attendees, The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) is outcomes-driven! We are passionate about reducing barriers to higher education, strategic about supporting homegrown STEM and health care students and focused on launching young professionals ready to compete in our thriving innovation economy. We are driven by our commitment to a win-win-win solution for students, industry and Washington taxpayers. Each donation made during the 2018 OpportunityTalks breakfast was matched by the state of Washington and gifts of $250 and above were quadrupled thanks to the generous support of our Challenge Fund donors.
We were thrilled to once again fill the ballroom of the Sheraton Seattle to capacity with nearly 800 corporate decision makers, community leaders, elected officials, and education partners. Together we celebrated Scholar success stories and were inspired by our Scholar and keynote speakers. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Because of you, we raised over $900,000
This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Sara is a self-described scholar/activist with a singular mission “to identify novel approaches to making higher education the accessible and affordable place that families want and need.” She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and in 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream (University of Chicago, 2016) is an Amazon best-seller. Sara is a 2018 winner of the Grawemeyer Award and in April 2018 the Carnegie Corporation awarded her the Carnegie Fellowship. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles.” She is ranked 7th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week, and was recently interviewed by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show –click here to watch.
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Every donation is matched dollar-for-dollar by the state of Washington. Gifts of $250+ will be quadrupled.
Overcoming fear builds confidence; confidence helps you build opportunity; opportunity facilitates connection. The Opportunity Scholarship program helped me develop the skills confidence and connections necessary to succeed.