In commemoration of our 25th Anniversary, LGR’s Founder, Jeannie Rosenthal, awarded three outstanding people in our community with the Founder’s Legacy Award for their unwavering commitment to Let’s Get Ready and students pursuing higher education across the country. Help us congratulate our first three awardees – Gary Matthews, Ayana Lewis, Esq. and Andrea Lopez-Salazar!

Let's Get Ready - Gary Matthews

Lena Eberhart (CEO at LGR), Jeannie Rosenthal (LGR Founder), Gary Matthews (LGR Founder’s Legacy Awardee)

Lena Eberhart (CEO at LGR), Ayana Lewis, Esq. (LGR Founder’s Legacy Awardee), Jordan Wesley (Managing Director of Partnerships at LGR), Dennis Dumpson (Chief External Affairs Officer at LGR)

Let's Get Ready - Andrea Lopez Salazar

Andrea Lopez-Salazar (LGR Founder’s Legacy Awardee), Lena Eberhart (CEO at LGR)

The L.I.F.T. Giving Circle welcomes a global community of leaders dedicated to supporting the next generation of students from high school through college and even into careers. Let’s Get Ready provides a tested and proven-effective program model that pairs near-peer coaches and mentors with students virtually who need timely, flexible, and culturally-responsive support as they navigate their roads to college degrees. At this critical time in our country’s history regarding higher education, Giving Circle members (who we refer to as LIFTers) will play a vital role in advancing post-secondary success for thousands of LGR students across the country who are primarily first-generation students from historically economically disinvested communities.