Annual Scholarship Breakfast

The Annual Scholarship Breakfast is an inspirational fundraising event benefiting The Bennett Scholars Program.

Please Join Us!

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM Breakfast and Program

Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto

This year we are thrilled to welcome Persis S. Drell, Stanford University Provost, as our keynote speaker and Andrea Hernandez '06 as our honored alumna speaker. Please join us for a morning of personal and poignant stories of determination, struggle, joy, and triumph. 

For more information about donating or volunteering for the event, please contact Director of Development, Theresa Winterbauer Martínez.

Purchase Tickets

Ticket Information

Founders Table $7500
Eight seats, VIP seating

Pioneers Table $5000
Eight seats, priority seating

Start Ups Table $2500
Eight seats, preferred seating

Individual Tickets $150
$100 of each ticket purchased is tax-deductible


Donation Information

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, we invite you to
make a positive impact on the lives of our extraordinary girls.

Our Goal
To fund 10 Bennett Scholars for the GMS Class of 2022.
Help us build the foundation of next year's 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 Herna​​​ndez '06

After graduating from The Girls Middle School in 2006, Andrea Hernandez 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, Hernandez 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, Hernandez returned to Summit Prep where she teaches Spanish 3 and AP Spanish in San Jose.


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 Scholarshp Breakfast is our largest event supporting this critical program. 

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.


A Moment from the Scholarship Breakfast 2016

Stephanie Johnson, a Class of 2007 Bennett Scholar, moved many of us to tears last year 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.