Evening of Excellence

2023 Evening of Excellence

  April 19, 2023
  Doors open: 5:30 PM, Program begins: 6:30 PM
  Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

A Special Scholars Recognition Event

Join Superintendent of Schools Monifa B. McKnight, Ed.D., and all the Directors of the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation for this special celebration of excellence in student achievement.

Taking center stage at the Music Center at Strathmore will be the first 194 recipients of the Ruth & Norman Rales - Patricia Baier O'Neill Scholarship Recognizing Academic Excellence. They will be joined by fellow achievers whose scholarship awards are supported by endowed scholarship funds.


Keynote Speaker

Robert Kabera is a refugee, an engineer, and an entrepreneur.  His background has allowed him to implement transformative breakthroughs, from bringing credit scoring to unbanked farmers to designing power systems to prepare humanity for natural disasters.

A native of Rwanda, Robert and his family lived through the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and spent six years in refugee camps before they were re-settled in Memphis, Tennessee, when Robert was 11 years old.  After graduating from Stanford University, Robert founded alternative credit rating agency Credimarks with the objective of helping to extend credit into traditionally undeserved markets--poor people. 

As the Co-Founder and COO of Sync Energy AI, Robert has helped over 50 energy companies in nine countries provide cleantech to over 6,000 people living off the electricity grid. 

In 2022, Stanford University honored Robert with its Early-to Mid-Career Alumni Award. Robert was named in the 2018 Forbes Energy Sector 30 Under 30 list. He is a member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program Class of 2007, a prestigious national scholarship for low-income African American high school seniors.

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Evening of Excellence Seat Reservations
A celebration of scholars receiving Foundation-Funded awards. Join us as we present the Class of 2023 recipients of the Ruth & Norman Rales - Patricia Baier O'Neill Scholarship Recognizing Academic Excellence.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 5:30 PM
Guests: 1 Free Admission

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