‘Without this scholarship, my life would be in a totally different place’

Three students hold a sign to thank donors at Thank a Donor Day

VCU students gathered on the Compass on Monday to sign posters, write letters and record video messages thanking donors for their support.

Giovanni Knight knows firsthand the importance of philanthropy. She has two younger siblings who have autism and their care is expensive. When Knight was looking to attend college, the financial burden on her family appeared too much to handle.

“When it came to funding and financing school, it wasn’t in the cards,” she said.

Undeterred, Knight applied for scholarships to offset the cost. She also started working part time after enrolling at Virginia Commonwealth University. Along the way, she started hearing stories about donors.

“I started hearing about all these people contributing to scholarships,” Knight said. “And I was like, ‘That’s pretty amazing.’ You don’t know me, you have nothing to do with me, but you decided to contribute to my education. I just really appreciate that.”

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