More Scripps

The $175 million More Scripps campaign raised $116 million as of June 30, making it the most successful fundraising effort in the College’s history.

Says Vice President for Institutional Advancement Michael Archibald, “We are extremely proud of the progress we have made toward our campaign goals, and we are excited about the future. We will continue this good work. With the support of our generous donors, we plan to meet or exceed our fundraising goals for the campaign’s priorities of academic excellence, national leadership, signature campus, and financial strength by 2018. Reaching the $175 million campaign goal is crucial to maintaining Scripps’ level of excellence and securing it for the future.”

In 2014–15, the College raised $24 million in new commitments for the campaign while meeting critical targets to support the annual budget. Scripps received gifts totaling $14.5 million (excluding future pledges), making this past year one of the most successful in the College’s history. Scripps alumnae, parents, and friends continued to build the Scripps Fund to historic levels. Donors contributed $3.64 million in 2015, surpassing 2014’s record-setting $3.57 million. Three million dollars of the $3.64 million supports the daily operations of the College.


On May 15, campus community members gathered to break ground for NEW Hall, Scripps’ 10th residence hall. Initial construction of this important project was funded by an anonymous $10 million lead gift. Other key contributions include a $1.1 million gift from the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, a $1.5 million naming gift for the Miyako Yamane ’53 Court, a $500,000 naming gift for the Annalise King Hall Court, and a $60,000 naming gift from Joan Isaacs ’71.

The environmentally sustainable residence hall, designed to meet specifications for LEED Gold certification, will eliminate the need for off-campus housing. NEW Hall will welcome its first residents in fall 2016.


Campaign momentum surged over the summer as donors took part in the second annual Weekend of Giving, June 12–14. This year’s donor challenge? To collectively make at least 952 gifts—matching the number of students currently enrolled at the College. Together, Board of Trustees Chair Mark R. Herron, Campaign Chair Nancy Katayama ’77, Trustee Roger and Michele Engemann P’93, P’96, and Trustee Laura Vausbinder Hockett ’85 pledged to donate $200,000 once the 952 individual gift goal was met. A total of 1,031 donors (including 495 new donors this year) contributed a total of $555,361! Combined with the $200,000 trustee pledge, donors to the 2015 Weekend of Giving raised a total of $755,361.

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