As we close out our first year as co-chairs of the Scripps Parent Leadership Council, we find ourselves deeply grateful for the strength, intelligence, and ingenuity of the Scripps parent community. In spite of this unusual year, we have had opportunities to interact with Scripps parents—at both on-campus and virtual events, through calls, video chats, and, of course, on Olive Grove. What we have found is a group that unwaveringly steps forward to support our students.
We would like to highlight just a few of the many parents who have made a difference for the College. We begin with Frank Hu and Vikki Sung P’21, whose longstanding involvement stretches beyond four years of college life. During their time at Scripps, they steadfastly supported several new cohorts of students by hosting welcome receptions and making peer calls to incoming families, and acted in an advisory role for many campus initiatives and projects. The College awarded them this year’s Michele-Anne and H. Mac Riley P’18 Parent Volunteer Award at Family Weekend.
Many families this year have made a difference in our students’ lives through their volunteerism in campus programming. Carol Cleary-Schultz P’24 assisted students in honing their interviewing skills as part of our Career Planning & Resources Emerging Professionals Program. Several other families connected Scripps students with internship opportunities at their business or organization and provided informational interviews for students through Olive Grove.
We find ourselves deeply grateful for the strength, intelligence, and ingenuity of the Scripps parent community.
Finally, we would like to recognize a family that chooses to remain anonymous, but has impacted our students through their philanthropic giving. Over the past year, they have expanded student access to mental health by subsidizing the costs of counseling sessions through the Dean of Students’ Off-Campus Referral Program. In addition, they have invested in the College’s Computer Science Initiative, providing funding for students to attend technology conferences to enhance learning beyond the classroom.
These are just a few examples of families whose generosity of time and resources have strengthened the student experience. As we move into the next school year, we look forward to welcoming the newest cohort of Scripps families together with our fellow parents. As always, we encourage families to get involved. Please let the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy know if you are interested in sharing your talents and gifts with Scripps students.
We look forward to seeing you in 2022-23, as we all move forward together.
Cheryl Shojinaga and John Fukunaga P’24
Co-Chairs, Parent Leadership Council