A Blessing for Me—and My Family

The 1789 GSP Catholic/Jesuit Heritage Scholarship

Each basketball season, the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) hosts a special gathering forscholarship students and GSP alumni in one of the Verizon Center suites. This year, Steven Orozco (B’18) was in attendance to watch the Hoyas make a remarkable 15-point comeback to win the game. But thecomeback is not what he remembers most.

“I will never forget that day because it encapsulated everything that I love about Georgetown: passion, friends, and opportunity. I cheered and celebrated and enjoyed the company of great people who were willing to support and mentor me with all of my academic and professional pursuits.”

A native of Orlando, Orozco chose Georgetown because he wanted to obtain an “unparalleled education.” He was recently accepted into the Global Business Fellows Program, a joint academic program between Georgetown McDonough and the School of Foreign Service. This summer he studied abroad in Hong Kong for a month.

“Every day I wake up and say a prayer of thanks. My scholarship to Georgetown has been a blessing for me—and my family.”

Orozco’s scholarship, funded by a $100,000 gift from Karen and Thomas (B’88) Gletner, is designated for students from Catholic, Jesuit, or Cristo Rey high schools as well as students interested in studying theology or related fields.

“We decided to create a 1789 Scholarship because we agree that a lack of means should not stop talented and hardworking students from attending Georgetown,” explains Thomas Gletner. “Some of these kids are the first in their families to attend college and with that opportunity they can break the cycle of poverty. That’s powerful to me, and a massive benefit not only to the family, but society in general.”

Gletner also wanted to help students with a strong faith because the Jesuit service mission has always resonated strongly within his family.

“I like that Georgetown interweaves a Catholic identity within its educational and social mission,” adds Gletner.