Each fall at Scripps, during New Student Orientation, incoming students are encouraged to “try something new!” This might mean participating in a club or organization, taking on a leadership role, or signing up for a class covering a daunting subject. As parents, it is rewarding to witness our children’s growth as they embrace new opportunities and discover the passions, purpose, and confidence that the Scripps experience brings. It’s so rewarding, in fact, that as Scripps parents we often say, in jest, “We wish we could enroll at Scripps ourselves!”
While enrolling at Scripps may not be possible, we have joyfully discovered that by connecting with the Scripps community, our lives have been enhanced. As 2019 begins, we encourage you to take a cue from striving Scripps students and consider how you might try something new and get involved with the College. Family involvement takes many forms, but all of it serves to strengthen the experiences of our students and the power of the Scripps network.
Care-package gatherings are an emerging tradition, bringing families together to offer a touch of cheer to students during Finals Week. In December, we had the pleasure of hosting members of the Scripps community to create small gifts for students from the greater Washington, D.C., area. We love the idea of expanding this tradition to other parts of the country—perhaps you would like to host one in your region this spring! Families have also helped to hire Scripps students and alumnae and offered career advice to those interested in their field of work. These conversations can be life changing, opening doors to unique opportunities. The way in which the greatest number of Scripps families support the College is by making a gift to The Parent Fund. This year, we named our first-ever Parent Fund Scholar, harnessing the generosity of our network of families to make a Scripps education possible for a current student.
The Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy can be a useful resource to help you discover new ways you might get involved. Join us and try something new this year—you might be surprised by how a small gesture can have a lasting impact. With warmest regards,
Michele-Anna and H. Mac Riley P’18