On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Global Scholars Foundation of Washington will host its inaugural Gala entitled Unlocking Dreams.
The event starts at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Washington University O’Connor Hall (125 Michigan Ave. NE) and will be hosted by Delia Gonsalves of WUSA 9.
Established in 2006, Global Scholars Foundation (GSF), formerly known as the Community Global Initiative, offers up to 20 students each year from DC public and public charter high schools an opportunity to learn the language and culture of a foreign country. The program also offers classes in financial literacy and college preparation.
Since its inception more than 200 DC scholars have participated in the program, traveling to countries including China, Brazil and South Africa and studying Arabic, Portuguese, Mandarin and Spanish.
“The Global Scholars Foundation is committed to investing in our greatest human capital – our young people,” said Marcia Brown, EdD, Executive Director, Global Scholars Foundation. “We are committed to exposing District students to a world well beyond their neighborhoods, all while preparing them to compete and become dedicated citizens of the global community.”
The three-phase GSF curriculum includes a 6-week summer leadership academy, bi-monthly (on Saturday) on-site language sessions, visits to historic sites within the District in the fall and spring as well as an international trip to the country being studied. The 2018-2019 cohort will study Arabic and travel to Egypt and Ethiopia in summer 2019 to experience the rich history and ancient languages of both countries.
“GSF began with the mission of offering cross-cultural immersion in Chinese, culminating with a 7-day visit to the country,” Dr. Brown explained. “With the success of that trip and overwhelming support from parents, teachers and political leaders, we knew our mission and dreams, were becoming reality.”