Opening Doors to the Future

Edwards Humanities additionVisionary donors have moved the College forward since its inception, strategically placing Scripps as a leader in liberal arts education within an environment of historic beauty and inspiration. Their gifts have focused on the key needs of the College and reflect the donors’ commitment to Scripps’ mission and the College’s unique role in educating women leaders.

Scripps College has recently received three such visionary gifts. We profoundly thank the donors and celebrate the following:

Trustee Elizabeth “Betsy” Weinberg Smith ’74 led the effort to secure a $5.5 million gift to Scripps College from the Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation. The College is discussing with Smith plans for the gift, which include the College’s endowment fund.

“Scripps College’s future is bolder because of the foresight and generosity of our valuable trustees,” President Lori Bettison-Varga said. “Betsy Weinberg Smith is a committed alumna who exemplifies the qualities of Scripps graduates with her passion for making a difference. This key gift from the Weinberg Foundation will make an impact on the lives of young women for generations to come.”

The gift is in addition to the Weinberg Foundation’s pledge of $3 million to Scripps College and $2 million to Claremont McKenna College, in 2010, to establish the Weinberg Family Dean of Science Endowment Fund.

Smith currently is co-vice chair of the Scripps board of trustees. Her late father, Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr., was a trustee from 1974-2010 and board chair from 1986-1991.

Trustee Nancy Katayama ’77 has pledged $5.3 million to Scripps College in anticipation of a significant fundraising initiative. The pledge includes a commitment of $1 million to the expansion of the Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building for faculty offices and immediate and estate commitments.

Noting that the pledge will produce immediate and long-term benefits for the College, President Lori Bettison-Varga said: “Nancy embodies the best of Scripps graduates’ leadership, integrity, creativity, and community engagement. She believes in making a difference, and with this forwardlooking pledge, Scripps students will benefit now and in the future.”

The Humanities Building expansion project, initiated by a previous gift from the late trustee emeritus Frank Miller to honor his late wife, Katharine Howard Miller ’55, and her service to the College as a trustee, will break ground this spring.

The Malott Family Foundation has given $2 million to Scripps to establish the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities in recognition of Elizabeth Hubert Malott ’53’s love of Core — the College’s signature academic program.

“The benefits of the Core curriculum experience come at a time when industry needs are rapidly changing,” said Liza Malott Pohle, Scripps College trustee and board member of the Malott Family Foundation. “Now we see the technology sector clamoring to hire individuals with a vivid imagination to market constant innovation. The Foundation board took to heart the words of Steve Jobs: ‘…technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.'”

President Bettison-Varga said: “The Malott Family Foundation gift ensures the Core program will continue to have the promise of a profound impact on alumnae long after they leave the College. This gift is a meaningful tribute to Elizabeth Hubert Malott’s life.”


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