Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Dinner Raises Over $44,000 for Students

University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College is pleased to announce that the Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Dinner, a fundraising event dedicated to fostering education and creating opportunities for students facing financial challenges, raised $44,800.

On May 2, at the Holzer Leadership & Innovation Center, guests from the community, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Rio Grande gathered to contribute to Rio’s scholarship fund, aimed at providing crucial financial support to students with limited means. 

Grande Chorale at Scholarship Dinner
Members of the Grande Chorale entertain the crown at Rio’s annual scholarship dinner.

The evening was a resounding success, raising funds through live and silent auctions, both generously stocked with items and experiences donated by local businesses and individuals. Attendees enjoyed a social hour and dinner, enhanced by special musical performances by the Grande Chorale.

President Ryan Smith shared a Rio update, highlighting the institution's commitment to providing quality education and transforming lives. Inspiring stories from talented students highlighted the power of scholarships, showcasing firsthand the profound impact of philanthropy on educational attainment.

Jackson County native Kayleigh Osborne, who returned to school as a non-traditional student, shared her story on the impact that scholarships had on her educational journey.

“I probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for scholarships,” she said. “We had to shift to a one income household and scholarships helped tremendously to make my dreams come true.”

All proceeds from the event will directly impact the scholarship fund, ensuring that deserving students have access to the resources they need to pursue their academic endeavors.

For those who were unable to attend but wish to contribute or learn more about sponsoring future events, please visit For inquiries regarding sponsorship opportunities, donations, or general support, please contact Ashley Knight, Director of Institutional Advancement, at or call 740-245-7200.

Rio would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to all who contributed to the success of the Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Dinner and reaffirm their commitment to empowering students and transforming lives through education.