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December 2016

As the holidays approach, many of us are reflecting on the nature of giving. As a full-scholarship school, this is a subject often on our minds. Beginning with the generosity of Stephen Girard himself, Girard College has a history deeply steeped in giving. We continue in that tradition today and work to instill in our students this Girard-inspired value.

At a recent Chapel service, I presented a student with $100 in cash. After she’d held it a moment, I asked her to give it back. She dutifully complied. I then asked her what 2 times 2 was, to which she of course answered four. “Give it back,” I instructed her. She stood in silent confusion. She could not. The hundred dollars came and went easily, but her education was steadfast: even if she’d wanted to, she could not give it back.

The gift of knowledge is one that’s kept forever. It is one that everyone at Girard College, from our teachers to our residential advisors, gives gladly and without demanding anything in return. Yet it is always repaid to us, our investment only growing with time. Whenever we see our students using their knowledge to do meaningful good in their families, communities and world, this gift is reciprocated.
If this joyous time of year leaves you in the spirit of giving, consider a tax-deductible donation to Girard College to help us share the gift of quality education with an even greater number of deserving students. Your continued support makes our mission possible.

Wishing you and yours a bright and beautiful New Year.

Hail Girard


Clarence D. Armbrister

Link to President's article "Turning the Page"

Girard College is pleased to hold memberships in several key educational organizations:




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