Annual Scholarship Breakfast

The Annual Scholarship Breakfast is an inspirational fundraising event benefiting The Bennett Scholars Program. On March 21, 2019, we came together to celebrate a core GMS value: the importance of making a progressive all-girls GMS education accessible to every girl. We welcomed Persis S. Drell, Stanford University Provost, as our keynote speaker and Andrea Hernández '06 as our honored alumna speaker. Their personal and poignant stories of determination, struggle, joy, and triumph provide us with a continued source of inspiration. 

"The lessons I learned with the GMS community are values I want my own students to know: Be your own best resource. Embrace the struggle. Fight for and find your place.
Andrea Hernandez '06
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The Bennett Scholars Program

GMS is committed to offering substantial financial assistance and comprehensive support to motivated girls who show academic promise and whose families cannot afford the cost of tuition. The Bennett Scholars Program provides girls from under-resourced schools the opportunity for an academically challenging education in a supportive environment. The Annual Scholarship Breakfast is our largest event supporting this critical program. 

Keynote Speaker: Persis S. Drell 

Persis S. Drell is the provost at Stanford University and a professor of engineering, materials science, and physics
From 2012-2017, Drell served as the dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, the first woman in that role.

During her tenure as dean, Drell emphasized diversity and inclusion, focusing on the increased participation of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering. A former director at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Drell received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College followed by a PhD in atomic physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alumna Speaker: Andrea Hernández '06

After graduating from The Girls Middle School in 2006, Andrea Hernández attended Summit Prep and was then accepted into University of the Pacific's Honors Program where she graduated cum laude with bachelor's degrees in Sociology and in Spanish Language with a concentration in Hispanic Language and Literature.

While attending university, Hernández tutored for both the Migrant Education Program and the university's Sociology department helping young children, teens, and her peers grow their skills. Passionate about education and helping others succeed, Hernández returned to Summit Prep where she teaches Spanish 3 and AP Spanish in San Jose.


Annual Scholarship Breakfast Keynote Speakers

Recent keynote speakers at the Annual Scholarship Breakfast include Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood from 2006-2018; Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO and president of New America and author; Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author; Condoleezza Rice, Stanford professor and former Secretary of State; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author; Kamala Harris, California Attorney General; Diane Greene, CEO of VMware; and Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and author.

Please contact Theresa Winterbauer Martinez if you are interested in being a part of this distinguished list of inspiring women leaders.

A Moment from the Scholarship Breakfast 2016

Stephanie Johnson, a Class of 2007 Bennett Scholar, moved many of us to tears with her story of resilience, resourcefulness, and strength. After GMS, Stephanie graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and Sarah Lawrence College. She received a BA in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Film and Television Production. Stephanie most recently created a short documentary for the Tahoe Yacht Club’s Concours d’Elegance and is developing a pilot for a comedic drama.