The goal of creating a just society is never achieved, but it is always achievable.
Dr. Susan Cole, president of Montclair State University, delivered this remark at a recent event welcoming more than 60 tenth-graders to the Give Something Back program. I think it was an appropriate message for these young people given how much their world is changing day by day, often with unkind or even tragic consequences.
Dr. Cole reminded our scholars that even though we may never achieve the just society we all yearn for, we must always be on the road to getting there. And the very best way to get to a better tomorrow is through quality education today.
At Give Something Back, we want to help provide a path to a college education for students who face adversity so they can achieve their full potential and make important contributions to our world. Our partner colleges, which include Montclair State, are on board with this mission.
These institutions (there are 26 Give Back partner colleges throughout the country), have as much skin in this game as we do. Each of our partners have generously agreed to cover any gap between college costs and the sum of financial aid and Give Back scholarships. They are putting a lot of money on the table.
As Dr. Cole noted, the future will never be perfect, but it can be better than it is today. By giving these bright, talented young people a Give Back college scholarship, we are handing down the responsibility of working toward building a better tomorrow — one that is more socially conscious, kinder, and ready and able to give back.
I am honored to join our partner universities in helping these scholars on this path.