Feature Stories

March 27, 2023

Scripps College Community Smashes 2023 Day of Giving Goals

By Emily Glory Peters Scripps College is celebrating another successful Day of Giving thanks to the College’s generous and dedicated community! In total, 376 donors raised $136,037 in cash gifts, plus an additional pledge for $100,000 to support what they love at Scripps. Online and in person, countless champions helped raise awareness for the event […]

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March 20, 2023

Angela Schmitt P’23: Giving as a Scripps Parent Matters

By Emily Glory Peters Angela Schmitt P’23 knows that women’s colleges like Scripps are rare. Just as her daughter Zoe will this spring, Schmitt graduated from one herself, an experience that instilled an appreciation for learning environments shaped by women’s perspectives and leadership. But this is only one of the reasons she’s been intentional about […]

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March 18, 2023

Lydia Ringwald ’70 Gifts Classic Hollywood Film Scripts to Denison Library

Alumna’s gift echoes her passion for art and supporting women Since Lydia Ringwald graduated from Scripps in 1970, she’s enjoyed successful careers as an artist, arts journalist, college instructor, real estate investor, and art collector. Rooted in her humanities education at Scripps, her lifelong journey to understand women’s social roles and moral behavior patterns is […]

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March 10, 2023

Support What You Love During Scripps’ Day of Giving on March 22

By Emily Glory Peters Scripps College’s Day of Giving, our annual 24-hour virtual fundraising event, launches Wednesday, March 22 on our GiveCampus site at! Thanks to an anonymous donor, the all early donations made between March 9 and March 22 will be matched 1:1 up to $10,000. This year’s call is simple: Support what […]

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February 21, 2023

Want to Connect With Scripps? Microengagement Might Be For You

By Emily Glory Peters Getting involved with the Scripps doesn’t need to involve a lot of time or resources The Scripps College community is built differently. From mentoring to serving on councils and committees to presenting on panels, we’re fortunate to have so many alumnae, parents, and friends who provide their knowledge and experience to […]

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February 10, 2023

Funding Student-led Sustainability Fuels a Greener Future at Scripps

By Emily Glory Peters Scripps Scrapps, a sustainability-centered program, with Cecelia Blum ’24 (front center) and Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Ng (far right) Sustainable practices at Scripps, says Cecelia Blum ’24, aren’t always visible to the naked eye. Even so, she asserts that involving students in initiatives is critical in helping the College on its sustainability […]

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January 18, 2023

Marjorie Gelus ’65 on Scripps’ “Faith in the Full Humanity of Women”

By Emily Glory Peters and Marjorie Gelus ’65 Gelus at Scripps College’s 1965 Commencement Marjorie Gelus ’65, professor of German at California State University, Sacramento, never set out to enroll at a women’s college. But what she gained—an experience embedded in the liberal arts, discourse that centered women’s voices, and teaching that urged students to […]

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December 14, 2022

Scripps Parents Revive Care Package Party Tradition for Students

By Emily Glory Peters Scripps parents made hundreds of care packages for students during finals week Saying that finals week can be nerve-wracking is an understatement, especially if it’s your first time taking them at the college level. But since 2017, Scripps families have stepped in with support, launching care package assembly parties to provide […]

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December 7, 2022

Scripps 101 Series Gives Families Behind-the-Scenes Look at Campus Life

By Emily Glory Peters Family involvement is a secret ingredient of Scripps’ intimate campus culture, with parents serving as mentors, presenting on panels, hiring students, hosting career exploration treks, assembling care packages and so much more. Yet some families may not be aware of the many resources available to them and their students—a knowledge gap […]

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December 1, 2022

Scripps College Community Surpasses GivingTuesday Goals

By Emily Glory Peters The Scripps community once again showcased its mighty capacity for generosity this November by surpassing the College’s 2022 GivingTuesday donor goals. In addition to meeting all of the campaign’s ambitious challenge matches, participants exceeded the 300-donor target, reaching 340 in total. Collectively, participants raised more than $118,000 for direct student aid. […]

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November 22, 2022

Allie Haynes ’12 on Giving Back as a Young Scripps Alum

By Emily Glory Peters Many Scripps alums may relate to Allie Haynes ’12’s college journey. For her, a women’s institution was never on the radar—until she visited Claremont. “The minute I stepped on campus, I knew,” she says. “It reinforced this gut feeling that, between Scripps and the consortium, I’d have a lot of opportunities […]

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November 14, 2022

Gifts Will Be Matched for Scripps College’s GivingTuesday

By Emily Glory Peters Scripps College invites its entire community participate in GivingTuesday by making a gift to The Scripps Fund! As an incentive to join in early this year, several donors will match 2:1 all gifts made before November 29, and gifts made on GivingTuesday itself will be matched 1:1 up to $35,000. As […]

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November 7, 2022

Scripps Student and Professor Build a Peer-led Writing Center Within a Prison

By Emily Glory Peters Molly Yeselson ’23 and Associate Professor of Writing Kimberly Drake What is it like to learn inside a prison? What do incarcerated students need to thrive? Molly Yeselson ’23 has been documenting answers to these questions and more in her research as one of Scripps’ 2022–23 Racial Justice and Equity Fellows. […]

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October 17, 2022

Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 To Leave Major Planned Gift to Scripps College

By Emily Glory Peters An acclaimed journalist, author, and most recently Scripps College’s historian, trustee Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 has announced she’ll leave a significant planned gift to Scripps College to support future of our students and to inspire others to give. The planned gift builds on Muchnic’s commitment to enriching the Scripps experience through […]

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October 5, 2022

The Quiet Rise of Scripps Alumnae Book Clubs

By Emily Glory Peters Pasadena book club alums with “Rocket Girl” Sue Finley ’58 Book club. Reading group. A fun Monday evening. Whichever way you label their gatherings, one thing is clear: Scripps alumnae like to bond over their shared love of a good book. For decades, books have served as a magnet, drawing peers […]

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September 14, 2022

Scripps College Announces $30 Million Initiative to Expand Access for Underrepresented Students

By Emily Glory Peters After an extremely selective process, Scripps College has been named as a partner college in the Schuler Access Initiative. The initiative is a multimillion-dollar investment to increase enrollment of students with limited financial resources (Pell-eligible) and students with undocumented status who are ineligible for federal student aid at top liberal arts […]

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September 13, 2022

Joanna Hamel Dunklee ’62 Leaves Generous Planned Gifts to Scripps College

By Emily Glory Peters Joanna Dunklee ’62 (right) with Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Amy Marcus-Newhall In an act of extraordinary generosity, Joanna Hamel Dunklee ’62 has left several planned gifts to Scripps College. Together with her husband, Alfred, Dunklee was a committed philanthropist whose giving spanned many decades, donating regularly […]

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August 22, 2022

Jolene Hubbs ’99 “Returns the Favor” Through an Endowed Scholarship at Scripps

By Emily Glory Peters Hubbs, shown here during her time at Scripps, will leave an endowed scholarship for future students The world of academia has loomed large in the life of Jolene Hubbs ’99. After graduating from Scripps, she earned her master’s degree and PhD from Stanford University, and has taught American studies at the […]

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August 10, 2022

Lizbeth Valdivia-Jauregui ’23 Explores the Cultural, Curative Power of an LA Community Garden

By Emily Glory Peters Lizbeth Valdivia-Jauregui ’23, a 2022 Racial Justice and Equity Fellow More than fruits and flowers are thriving at Buena Vista Community Garden in Pomona, California. The stories of Southern California’s marginalized communities have roots here, too, passed between visitors and gardeners alike. But how exactly is that culture preserved—and what kind […]

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July 25, 2022

Mica Barrett ’23 Turns the Spotlight on LA’s Queer Black Ballroom Scene

By Emily Glory Peters Mica Barrett ’23 is one of Scripps’ 2022–23 Racial Justice and Equity Fellows As a first-year student, Mica Barrett ’23 (they/them) was drawn to Scripps by the promise of a diverse array of interdisciplinary majors in an intimate liberal arts setting. Now, the rising senior is living proof of that promise—and […]

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