Thy Many Gifts

Seventy-five years ago, Ellen Browning Scripps’ greatest legacy to the world of education—Scripps College-opened its doors to its first group of women. Since that day, 71 classes have entered and graduated, while, as I write these words, the 72nd class prepares for commencement this May.

Ellen Browning Scripps helped create Scripps College, and thereby the beginnings of the Claremont consortium, as a gift to the women of the Class of ’31, to the women who have since passed through Honnold Gate, and to the hundreds and thousands who will do so in the years ahead.

What foresight Miss Scripps had for the future of women’s education! And what faith she had that Scripps College would become one of the premiere educational institutions in the nation, indeed, one of the finest places in the world for a young woman to find and develop her own voice and vision.

I think about her gift with new appreciation as the College celebrates the receipt of the single largest gift from a living donor since the founding grant: a $7 million anonymous gift to help create a much needed performing arts center on campus.

This most generous recent donor also believes in the vitality and strength of the College and in its quest to offer the best liberal arts education in the nation. This gift brings the total raised in our $85 million Campaign for the Scripps Woman to just over $75 million, a serendipitous amount in this particular anniversary year, with two more years to go in the campaign. Please join us. We have much to celebrate!

With confidence, courage, and hope,

Nancy Y. Bekavac