Scripps Access Initiative

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The goal of the Scripps Access Initiative is to raise $15 million for financial aid and new scholarships to enroll more Pell-eligible and students with undocumented status at Scripps College.

This transformational investment seeks to create opportunities for these high-achieving students to attend a top US liberal arts college. This is a historic opportunity for our community of alums, parents, and friends to permanently diversify the College’s student and alum body, as well as invest in the future of Scripps College.

With increased financial aid through the Scripps Access Initiative, the College will be able to enroll and graduate students from more varied socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. Diverse perspectives and contributions will benefit our entire community of students, faculty, alums, parents, staff, and friends. The initiative will also enable Scripps to establish a standard of access by breaking cycles of exclusion that persist in higher education.

Making an Impact:

  • Provide four-year scholarships to 30 new students during the first 10 years of the program
  • In time for Scripps’ centennial in 2026, we aim to raise $10 million dedicated to four-year scholarships covering the total cost of attendance for seven undocumented and Pell-eligible students
  • Reduce financial stress for our future students, allowing them to immerse themselves in the full Scripps experience

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Chalan Colby ’61 Makes $1 Million Gift to Scripps Access Initiative

Former Trustee Chalan Colby ’61 has made a $1 million matching challenge gift in support of the Scripps Access Initiative.


Chalan Colby '61 smiles while standing on the Scripps College campus next to a plaque with a quote engraved into the stone by Emily Browning Scripps.
The Scripps Advantage

Scripps Access Initiative Goals

$ 15 M
for financial aid and new scholarships
additional Pell-eligible/undocumented students
$ 10 M
by 2026 for seven Pell-eligible/undocumented students