University of Rio Grande to Host Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Dinner to Empower Futures through Education

University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College proudly announces the upcoming Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Dinner, a fundraising event dedicated to fostering education and creating opportunities for students facing financial challenges. The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 6 pm, and will take place at the Holzer Leadership & Innovation Center, located at 254 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis.

The dinner aims to raise funds for the Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Fund, providing crucial financial support to students with limited means. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, a social hour with special musical performances by the Grande Chorale, a Rio update from President Ryan Smith, and inspiring stories from talented students who have experienced the transformative power of scholarship.

“As an institution committed to providing quality education and transforming lives, Rio understands the financial obstacles that can hinder students' pursuit of higher education,” said Ashley Knight, Director of Institutional Advancement at Rio.

Rio offers one of the state’s most competitive tuition pricing structures for both two-year and four-year degrees. However, over 85% of Rio's students are first-generation and/or PELL eligible. Knight added that enrollment growth has also increased the need for scholarship support.

All proceeds from this event impact the scholarship fund, opening doors of opportunity for students aspiring to pursue academic endeavors. For those wishing to attend or sponsor the event through monetary donation or auction items, please visit to learn more. To discuss the impact of sponsorship, ask questions, or confirm support, please contact Ashley Knight at or 740-245-7200.