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There are a number of funding sources for Smith undergraduates to help cover costs associated with special programs or needs, unanticipated events or emergencies. The Wurtele Center for Work & Life offers excellent advice on applying for funding. The Dean of the College website also provides a listing of available funds for Smith undergraduates.

Textbook Assistance

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

You can find the application for book funds on the Smith Students' Aid Society website. Book funds for Ada Comstock Scholars are available on the Dean of the College website.

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 approved honors projects.

Alumnae Scholarship


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

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

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.

Edna Hunkemeir

Edna Hunkemeier
One scholarship awarded to a promising student entering her first year of graduate study in the field of music.