Scripps held a Candlelight Circle of Hope on January 18 on Bowling Green for the College and its wider community to come together to share their feelings about the traumatic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords ’93 and 18 others in Tucson. Remembering the six lives lost and encouraging hope for Giffords and the other victims’ complete recovery, the gathering offered comforting words, music and song, messages to Giffords from alumnae and friends from across the world, and prayerful silence as hundreds lit candles.
Inspired by Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, who urged the nation to respond to this tragedy with positive gestures, the College also collected canned goods and other non-perishable foods, which were donated to a local food bank in honor of Giffords, a long-time supporter of similar organizations in Tucson.
Gabrielle Giffords ’93 Internship in Public Service
Immediate gestures of hope and renewal met the community’s need to show their support in January, but the College also sought a more lasting way to honor the role Giffords has played as a mentor to Scripps students and one who has answered the call to serve the public good.
The result: the establishment of the Gabrielle Giffords ’93 Internship in Public Service, a $4,000 summer internship grant that will be awarded annually to a Scripps student with demonstrated interest in public service, activism, and issues of social justice. This internship not only encourages current and future students to follow in Giffords’ footsteps but, like her, to face challenging events “with confidence, courage, and hope.”
Through the generosity of many donors, the internship is close to being fully endowed. If you would like to be part of this important initiative, you may contribute online or contact Patricia Goldsmith, vice president for institutional advancement, at (909) 621-8152.
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