The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of ARCS celebrated its scholars, strengthened partnerships with donors and friends, and enjoyed a special evening at the National Academy of Sciences Building for the Scholar Awards Reception on October 15, 2015. Approximately 125 persons attended the reception. Graduate and undergraduate scholars presented their research at poster sessions in the main atrium and the West Court, eliciting an enthusiastic response by attendees interested to learn more about their research. Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine welcomed the guests. The program highlight was the keynote speech by Dr. Hunter Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities. Representatives of five area universities supported by the Chapter spoke and awards were presented to the scholars, who were identified for their outstanding academic accomplishments. Thanks to Alice Laning and Patty Sparrell, SAR Co-Chairs and the University Relations Council for a very successful and memorable evening that highlighted 32 scholars receiving MWC Chapter support this year.