Residence Hall Plans Move Forward Thanks to $10 Million Anonymous Gift

by President Lori Bettison-Varga

NEW Residence Hall

Last month I had the privilege of announcing a $10 million gift to Scripps College supporting construction of a new residence hall. Though the benefactors presently wish to remain anonymous, I can share that they are excited to partner with Scripps on this critical project. I also want to underscore the importance of this historic and long-anticipated building project, currently referred to as NEW Hall until a permanent name is identified.

Living in one of the College’s residence halls — each named for a woman benefactor — is as synonymous with the Scripps experience as the Core Curriculum. However, some of our students currently reside in Pomona College residence halls or in off-campus housing due to living space constraints. NEW Hall will return those students to campus, allowing them the full benefit of the residential life experience that is so critical to our tight-knit community.

The campus location will be northwest of the Sallie Tiernan Field House, and construction is slated for completion in fall of 2016. The additional space will enable us to reduce the number of double and triple occupancy rooms. Scripps is committed to designing NEW Hall in harmony with the distinctive look of its first residence halls. The building will feature the aesthetic hallmarks and attention to detail that our students and alumnae have come to cherish.

Scripps is also committed to sustainability. NEW Hall will embrace a new era of architecture. It will feature low-flow water fixtures, high-efficiency lighting, Energy Star appliances, drip irrigation, and other environmentally friendly assets. The building design will include student rooms and suites, a computer room, laundry room, kitchen, and recreation room, while incorporating distinctive features such as a browsing room, living room, and courtyards that define the Scripps residential environment.

The $10 million pledge follows the recent announcement of a gift of $1.1 million for the project from the Georgia Ridder Foundation. Scripps has committed to raise additional funds toward the $20 million slated for the residence hall as part of We Want More: The Campaign for Scripps College.

This latest commitment boosts the total amount raised to $103 million. Scripps has set a campaign goal of $175 million by 2018. We Want More: The Campaign for Scripps College is now the largest in the history of Scripps, surpassing the very successful Campaign for the Scripps Woman that concluded in 2004 with $101 million in gifts and pledges.

I know you share my excitement about the positive impact of this gift for our community and my tremendous gratitude for the donors’ generosity. I look forward to sharing more details with you as this project moves forward.