There are a number of funding sources for Smith undergraduates to help cover costs associated with special programs or needs, unanticipated events or emergencies.
You should include a budget for books as part of your financial planning for college. If the books you need exceed your budget, you can apply for help. Funds are awarded as book credit that you may use at the Grécourt Bookshop in the Campus Center.
How to Apply
Smith Students' Aid Society
The Smith Students' Aid Society has grants and emergency funding for needs that are not met by Smith College financial aid, including:
- emergency/medical expenses
- fine arts course supplies
- assistance with seniors' expenses in finding work or education through "Beyond Smith"
- interterm and spring break opportunities*
- summer study* *Only applications for interterm and spring break opportunities and summer study should be handed in to the Class Deans office.
Funds for Honors Thesis Projects
The Nancy Kershaw Tomlinson Memorial Fund helps students cover expenses incurred in carrying out honors projects.
Magic Funds for Ada Comstock Scholars
Magic Grants help selected Ada Comstck Scholars with some of the expenses associated with internships, independent research and travel, creative and artistic projects, and the development of innovative ideas and business plans. See the Dean of the College website for more information.
If you are a senior or an alumna beginning your first year of graduate studies, you are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are competitive and require a recommendation from your department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. There are three different grants:
Clara Willoughby Davidson Memorial
One scholarship awarded for the first year of graduate study in a course of advanced study in the field of Biblical literature or philosophy of religion. This scholarship may be divided.
Jean Fine Spahr
Fellowship designed for graduates of Smith College for the first year of graduate study at an approved university in the United States or abroad. Two Spahr grants are awarded each year; there is no departmental restriction.
One scholarship awarded to a promising student entering her first year of graduate study in the field of music.