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March 2, 2021

Olivia Truesdale ’21: Investing in Students’ Future Careers With Senior Class Gift

Olivia Truesdale ’21 gives to Scripps’ Senior Class Giving campaign so other students can access the same transformational internship experience that she’s had. By Emily Glory Peters These days, life for Olivia Truesdale ’21 is a balancing act. Presently sheltering-in-place in icy Washington, DC, the foreign languages major is juggling her studies and post-graduate planning […]

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February 24, 2021

Remembering Tamara Smiley Hamilton ’74 Through Alum-Funded Scholarship

By Emily Glory Peters Fellow Scripps alumnae have described the late Tamara Smiley Hamilton ’74 as untiring, inspired, loving, and funny—“a woman who gave her whole being” to what she believed in. Hamilton described herself as a reflection of “living history.” “I’m a 65-year-old African American grandmother who can fill in the blanks of contemporary history, […]

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February 10, 2021

Student Aid Expands as Scripps’ Presidential Scholarship Initiative Tops $10 Million Target

Scripps’ Presidential Scholarship Initiative will allow more students to enroll and graduate from the College without the burden of weighty debt. By Emily Glory Peters In 2017, Scripps College set an aggressive target of raising $10 million in endowed funds for its new Presidential Scholarship Initiative, a project aimed at expanding the College’s ability to […]

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January 28, 2021

Last Year’s Day of Giving Donations Are Making a Big Impact at Scripps

As the pandemic continues, Scripps’ Day of Giving donors have helped transform the College in preparation to welcome students back to campus. By Emily Glory Peters Every year, the Scripps community comes together in generous support of Day of Giving, the College’s one-day fundraising campaign. That generosity did not fail in 2020, even as a […]

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January 21, 2021

Fueled for the Future: Preserving Scripps Presents through Donor Support

Lena Waithe and Abbi Jacobson at the College’s donor-funded public events series, Scripps Presents By Emily Glory Peters “To bring the world to Scripps, and Scripps to the world.” This was the dream five years ago when the College launched Scripps Presents, its signature arts and culture public events program. Envisioned as the natural complement […]

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December 21, 2020

Parent Gift Helps Launch New Racial Justice and Equity Fellowship Program

Gift from Scripps Trustee Gale Picker P’14, P’19 will establish the new fellowship program for students and faculty. By Emily Glory Peters As part of the College’s ongoing antiracist initiatives, Scripps is pleased to announce the launch of its new Racial Justice and Equity Fellowship Program. Up to $4,000 will be available to qualifying Scripps […]

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December 1, 2020

Donor Support Fuels Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Students

Donor support continues to fuel new mental health programming for Scripps students as they confront the impacts of COVID-19. By Emily Glory Peters Mental health and wellness programming at Scripps may lack the fanfare of a new building or endowed scholarship, yet it’s one of the most popular giving areas of The Scripps Fund, the […]

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November 23, 2020

Student Support Steps Into the Limelight for Giving Tuesday on Dec 1

Alongside the other undergraduate Claremont Colleges, Scripps will join the Giving Tuesday movement on December 1 to raise critical support for students. By Emily Glory Peters 2020: a year punctuated by a pandemic, protests, economic depression, and a landmark election. Yet, amid the turbulence, Scripps students continue to press on with their education with trademark […]

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November 2, 2020

Suzanne Muchnic ’62 Gifts $500,000 to Scripps for Critical Scholarship Support

Renowned writer and art critic Suzanne Muchnic ’62 has pledged $500,000 to support Scripps College’s Presidential Scholarship Initiative (PSI). The gift pushes the initiative, which was launched by President Lara Tiedens in 2017, within inches of its goal of $10 million in endowed funds to provide loan-relieving scholarships to deserving Scripps students. Muchnic, who majored […]

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October 23, 2020

Letter to the Scripps Community: The Time for Confidence and Courage is Now

Dear Scripps College family – I know that 2020 hasn’t unfolded the way any of us had planned. The outcomes of the pandemic and protests against systemic racism have called our courage to attention—yet as one of the first women’s colleges in the West, this call is nothing new for Scripps. Over the last century, […]

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October 20, 2020

New Platform Olive Grove Fosters Connection When We Need It Most

Named for the College’s historic trees, Olive Grove is Scripps’ new online platform to help our community find meaningful connection By Emily Glory Peters Before the pandemic, relationship-building within the Scripps community was chiefly limited to what could be done in person and on campus. Now, with people thrust into a heavier reliance on the […]

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October 9, 2020

How to Leverage the Value of Your Scripps Connection

For alumnae, the value of a Scripps connection extends far beyond Commencement By Emily Glory Peters Scripps alumnae, while dizzyingly diverse in their interests, talents, and future goals, find common ground in their shared academic experience. Yet, as graduates become embroiled in post-College life, they can miss out on reaping the full benefits of remaining […]

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September 29, 2020

Announcing the Passing of Life Trustee Nancy Hart Glanville Jewell ’49

Life Trustee Nancy Hart Glanville Jewell ’49 passed away on August 2, 2020, at the age of 92. Nancy joined Scripps College’s Board of Trustees in 1990 and was a member of the College’s inaugural class of Life Trustees. As a Trustee, she served on a number of Board committees and chaired the Development Committee […]

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September 15, 2020

A Healthy Endowment Will Help Scripps Through Economic Crises

Gifts to Scripps College’s endowment create the financial bedrock to help the College weather—and move beyond—periods of economic shock. By Emily Glory Peters In 1926, the first Scripps College president and board of trustees were entrusted with a crucial mission: to educate the next generation of women leaders. Fulfilling such a mission would also require […]

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September 4, 2020

Trustee Gale Picker Gifts $1 Million to Scripps

Helping to establish the new Racial Justice and Equity Fund, Scripps trustee and parent of two alumnae Gale Picker has gifted $1 million to advance antiracist efforts at Scripps and beyond. In a decisive move to help stem the tide of institutional racism, trustee Gale Picker P’14, P’19 has made a remarkable gift of $1 […]

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August 26, 2020

Keeping the Gift of Campus Alive

Shaped by donors and adored by the community, Scripps’ lush campus has remained beautifully maintained by our skilled groundskeepers during seasons of sun, rain, and even a pandemic. By Emily Glory Peters There is a magic to Scripps’ campus. Described as “a living botanical sculpture” and recognized as one of the most beautiful in America, […]

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August 14, 2020

Alum Shares What Inspired Her to Give to Scripps

Akua Kwakwa ’00, now an entrepreneur in Ghana, credits her first Scripps job as a Phonathon caller with showing her the importance of giving back. From advocacy to volunteering to attending events, there are many ways to support a mission you believe in. But choosing to invest one’s financial support involves a unique set of […]

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July 27, 2020

Sophia Albanese ’21 Explores Impact of Cellular Stress

Supported by an Esterly award, Scripps rising senior Sophia Albanese ’21 joins research project led by Professor Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert exploring the impact of cellular stress. By Emily Glory Peters Long before starting at Scripps, biology major Sophia Albanese ’21 knew scientific exploration would be in her future. The child of an attorney and a chemist, […]

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July 9, 2020

Alumna Gift Supports Program to Help Scripps Alums Conquer Career Uncertainty

Established through a generous gift from an alumna, Scripps’ new live webinar series Career Conversations offers practical support for Scripps alums navigating their career journeys amidst the pandemic and beyond. By Emily Glory Peters Uncertainty:  a term competing with unprecedented for the word of the year. Commonly experienced by recent graduates piloting post-college careers, this sense […]

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June 23, 2020

Scripps Community Makes History with Most Successful Day of Giving to Date

Last month, more than 600 members of the Scripps family, including alums, parents of past and current students, students, faculty, staff, and friends rallied together in support of Scripps’ 2020 Day of Giving. This year’s campaign centered on offsetting the formidable impact of the coronavirus on the College and our community, with focus placed on […]

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