Western Union

Accepted by Hikmet Ersek, CEO

Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) Founders

Henry Jarecki, Henry Kaufman, Thomas Russo & George Soros

Humanitarian Award

The Honorable John Atta Mills

President of Ghana | Fulbright Scholar to Stanford University, 1971

We will recognize the achievements of this accomplished Fulbright alumnus posthumously, due to his untimely death on July 24, 2012. Our condolences go to the family of President John Atta Mills and to the people of Ghana.

Fritz Redlich Alumni Award

Gala Highlights in the News

Bloomberg News:  Scene Last Night

New York Social Diary: Heroes Among Us

Wall Street Journal

Downtown Magazine

Professionals in International Education

University World News

Faces of the Gala

  • View photos of the more than 500 friends and supporters of IIE who joined us to celebrate our 2012 honorees.
    View Slideshow

  •  Western Union

    Watch a video on Western Union's scholarship program, featuring 2012 honoree CEO Hikment Ersek.
    Play Video

  •  Scholar Rescue Fund Founders

    Watch the founders of the Scholar Rescue Fund receive IIE’s Humanitarian Award for their visionary leadership.
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Program Spotlight
  • Western Union Foundation

    A scholarship intended to help two members of the same family move up the economic development ladder through education.

  • Scholar Rescue Fund logo

    Committed to the idea that each scholar who is able to continue their work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world.


2012 Gala Fact Sheet (244 KB, PDF)

2012 Gala Reply Form (408 KB, PDF)

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