$10 Million Anonymous Gift Launches NEW Residence Hall at Scripps College

In October 2014, Scripps College had the honor of announcing a pledge supporting the construction of a new residence hall. Though the benefactors presently wish to remain anonymous, they are excited to partner with Scripps on this critical project, currently referred to as NEW Hall until a permanent name is identified.

NEW Hall

In October 2014, Scripps College had the honor of announcing a $10-million pledge supporting the construction of a new residence hall on its campus. The donors—a new family associated with Scripps—say that they made this transformative gift because they are inspired by the College’s mission and leadership. For now, the residence hall will be called NEW Hall out of respect for the family’s desire to remain anonymous. A more specific name may be associated with the building in the future.

Living in one of the College’s residence halls — each named for a woman benefactor — is as synonymous with the Scripps experience as the Core Curriculum. However, some of our students currently reside in Pomona College residence halls or in off-campus housing due to living space constraints. NEW Hall will return those students to campus, allowing them the full benefit of the residential life experience that is so critical to our tight-knit community. The additional space will also enable the College to reduce the number of double and triple occupancy rooms.

NEW Hall will reflect Scripps’ commitment to building a sustainable campus. The building design will integrate energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features such as low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency lighting, Energy Star appliances, and drip irrigation.

NEW Hall will be located northwest of Sallie Tiernan Field House, and is slated for completion in the fall of 2016. In addition to student rooms and suites, the hall will be equipped with a computer room, kitchen, and recreation room, while incorporating the distinctive features—such as a browsing room, living room, and courtyards—that define the Scripps residential environment. The rendering above gives a preview of the hall, although final design drawings are still being approved.

Pursuing LEED Gold Certification

The Board is committed to pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification construction standards.

The Campaign for Scripps College

The $10 million pledge follows the recent announcement of a gift of $1.1 million for the project from the Georgia Ridder Foundation. Scripps has committed to raise additional funds toward the $20 million slated for the residence hall as part of We Want More: The Campaign for Scripps College. The $175-million campaign, publicly launched in November 2013, is the largest fundraising effort in Scripps’ history, and when completed, will be its most successful.

The Georgia B. Ridder Living Room

Georgia B. RidderThe Georgia B. Ridder Foundation has pledged $1.1 million in memory of Georgia B. Ridder to support NEW Hall.

This is an important contribution toward the NEW Hall project. In appreciation of the gift, the residence hall living room will be known as the Georgia B. Ridder Living Room.

Says Michael R. Whalen P’15, President of the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, “Mrs. Ridder was a remarkable person. She committed both her time and resources toward promoting the well-being of women and expanding their career opportunities to include important leadership roles. The ideals of Scripps College—educating young women to lead lives of courage and confidence—are ideals she herself embodied. We are pleased to assist with this project.”

A long time resident of Pasadena, California, Mrs. Ridder passed away in 2002 at age 87. She was known among fans of thoroughbred horse racing and breeding as the first lady of California racing.