Scripps College Receives $8 Million Gift from the Audrey Steele Burnand ’44 Estate

Scripps students walk through Scripps College's Honnold Gate

By Emily Glory Peters

Due to the extraordinary generosity of Audrey Steele Burnand ’44, Scripps College has received $8 million in endowed funds from the Audrey Steele Burnand estate. Steele Burnand believed in Scripps’ mission and the continued value of women’s education in the twenty-first century.

The gift is unrestricted, which will allow the College to meet the areas of greatest need and enjoy flexibility in responding to new opportunities as well as emergencies. In supporting Scripps’ endowment, the gift will also contribute to the College’s long-term financial health.

“The strength of our endowment has allowed Scripps to successfully pilot historic economic downturns, including most recently during the pandemic. With the help of unrestricted gifts like these, we’ve been able to circumvent layoffs, avoid tuition spikes, and ensure our students receive the best possible educational experience even amid the many disruptions of the last year,” says Associate Vice President for Philanthropy Enrique Gonzalez-Salgado. “We are humbled by the generosity of Audrey Steele Burnand, and look forward to putting her gift to excellent use on behalf of our students.”

You can leave a lasting legacy for Scripps students. To explore ways to include the College in your estate plans, please click here.

Interested in learning more? Check out our latest giving and impact news here.