Annual Scholarship Banquet
The Keydet Club's Annual Scholarship Banquet was held on September 23, 2017, with over 750 people in attendance. This Parent's Weekend tradition allows our scholarship cadet-athletes and their parents to spend the evening with many of the generous donors and fund representatives who enable our cadet-athletes to attend VMI. The evening’s program included the presentation of the Keydet Club’s Three-Legged Stool Award. The term “three-legged stool” was coined by the late Mr. Giles S. Miller, Jr. ’24, one of the Institute’s most beloved sons and ardent Keydet fans, and refers to the Institute’s whole-person educational emphasis on academics, military/leadership development, and athletics. Since its founding, VMI has endeavored to ensure that all three “legs” of the “stool” remain balanced in its mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders. Buzz Birzenieks ’64, President of the Keydet Club Board of Governors and Chief Operating Officer, Greg Cavallaro ’84, were proud to recognize cadets Emma Quirk '18 (Women’s Soccer) and McKenzie Raber '18 (Women’s Swim & Dive) who have excelled throughout their cadetship in the “three legs “of a VMI education and have exemplified the VMI “citizen-soldier.” Congratulations Emma and McKenzie – job well done!
Special thanks to Superintendent, General Peay ’62 for acknowledging the efforts of over 15,300 donors who helped to make An Uncommon Purpose: A Glorious Past - A Brilliant Future, The Campaign for VMI, an unprecedented success! The Campaign reached $344.1 million in cash and commitments, and of that total, $75 million was designated in support of VMI’s Division I athletic program. GEN Peay also had the pleasure of introducing the evening’s keynote speaker, Keith Gabriel '12. The former VMI Basketball player relayed his personal journey both pre and post VMI, and shared an emotional and humorous account of the challenges and rewards he encountered along the way.