UNO Investiture Gala Raises $200K for Veterans Scholarships

fos clappingAn investiture gala honoring University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos raised $200,000 for veterans scholarships at UNO. The money will help launch the new EdVets scholarship program, which will supplement the Post-9/11 GI Bill with enhancements that include summer study abroad. The $200,000 will fund 20 EdVets scholarship students in the 2013-14 academic year.
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University of New Orleans President Peter J. Fos announced that the University's investiture gala, held on Nov. 12, raised $200,000 for veterans scholarships at UNO. The money will help launch the new EdVets scholarship program, which will supplement the Post-9/11 GI Bill with enhancements that include summer study abroad. The $200,000 will fund 20 EdVets scholarship students in the 2013-14 academic year.

"I am thrilled by the support that we received from our alumni and the entire New Orleans community for the investiture gala," said UNO President Peter J. Fos. "As both the leader of UNO and an alumnus, I am so proud that this event will enable veterans to enjoy a first-class educational experience at UNO. I am thankful for the many people who made the gala a success."

Approximately 600 people attended the gala, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event capped off a week of activities surrounding President Fos' investiture ceremony, when he was formally installed as the first president and the sixth leader in the history of the University of New Orleans.

"The response we received from all members of the UNO community to our request to help fund the new EdVets scholarship effort was humbling," said Bill Chauvin, Investiture Committee co-chair. "UNO historically has been instrumental in enabling the expansion of the middle class in the New Orleans area through quality education.  The response we received proves that our alumni and the entire UNO community understand and appreciate what was provided and have generously given back to assure that the same opportunities exist for our returning veterans.

"It was an honor to serve my alma mater as co-chair of the Investiture Committee, and I'm proud of how the UNO community, along with the community at large, responded to President Fos' request to make the investiture celebration a lasting part of UNO's ongoing commitment to excellence," said Clancy DuBos, Investiture Committee co-chair. "The money raised for the EdVets endowment will ensure that local veterans can continue to access UNO's many outstanding educational opportunities."

The gala, which featured music from Irma Thomas and Paul Varisco and the Milestones, honored President Fos and U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey, who has named the 2012 UNO International Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year.