Spring 2020 Issue

A Gift that Gives

By Cheyenne Curling '20

When Megan Dorward ’07 and Richard Brahan married in October 2019, the two set up their registry to help others. Instead of gifts, their guests were asked to donate to a scholarship fund to help a student realize their dream of attending William & Mary. As a founding member of the Society of 1918, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the Annual Giving Board, Dorward has made giving back to William & Mary an important part of her life. “While ability does not discriminate, opportunity does,” says Dorward. “We wanted to incorporate philanthropy in our wedding because we felt grateful for the opportunities that had come our way in our lives and fortunate that we were able to take advantage of them.” The scholarship is reserved for first-generation college students with financial need and will cover a full semester of tuition.