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Scholarship Aid

In 1871, Sophia Smith raised her voice and made a bold declaration—that women deserve an education of the same quality, rigor and status afforded to men.

Today, we are echoing Sophia’s call for access and launching an ambitious new initiative: to raise $75 million for scholarship aid.

Please join us as we ensure the most qualified students find their way to Smith and discover the power of their own voices.

A National Leader in Economic Diversity

Inforgraphics showing: 67% fo students receive financial aid; 22$ receive Pell grants; 18% are first-generation; average need-based grant is $48,117

Redefining Access

This is our moment to step forward. As a college committed to fairness and equity, it is our responsibility to make the highest-quality liberal arts education affordable to the most-deserving students. Access leads to excellence. It’s as simple as that. In the past 12 years, 190 Fulbright Scholars have graduated from Smith. About 70% of them received need-based financial aid.

With your partnership, we will open Smith’s gates to the best minds. We will create opportunities that didn’t exist before. We will educate the next generation of women who will lead the conversations that will lift communities, change policies, disrupt convention and create a more just and equitable world.

Making a difference is what Smithies do best.

In supporting students through financial aid, we will fuel a vision for a new future championed by the leaders, educators, activists, artists, CEOs and policy makers who found their voices at Smith. Join us in moving our society forward in beautifully disruptive ways.

Read a Grécourt Gate article about the initiative, and learn more in our brochures. 

Student Profile

Nancy Jung ’20

Under the guidance of Professor Robert Dorit, Nancy is conducting research that has far-reaching implications for those impacted by antibiotic resistance. Her goal: to create a more intelligently designed antibiotic that targets only a specified bacteria, preserving essential gut flora—and leaving patients healthier and less vulnerable to other infections.  

“Donations from alumnae have made it possible for students of all backgrounds to pursue an education at Smith. It’s what has made generations of strong Smithies possible.”


Nancy Jung portrait

Here to Re-Frame

“As the first in my family to attend college, I consider myself lucky. In today’s knowledge economy, without college access there is no level playing field, there is no equity, there is no American dream.”

Kathleen McCartney, President

Kathleen McCartney portrait

Ways to Give Boldly

Named Endowed Scholarship Funds

By expanding our access to scholarship aid, we can provide sustainable funding that will strengthen the college and that will support students from all backgrounds in perpetuity.

  • Full Endowed Scholarship Fund
    $1 million or more to generate approximately the income required to cover the cost of tuition for a student receiving full financial aid. Donors may specify certain broad preferences for recipients such as majors, Ada Comstock Scholars, international students or other key demographics.
  • Partial Endowed Scholarship Fund
    $250,000 or more to generate income toward financial aid grants. Donors may specify certain broad preferences as described above.
  • Unrestricted Endowed Scholarship Fund
    $150,000 or more to support students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the college.

Gift Matching Challenge

A generous donor from the class of 1972 has anonymously pledged $3 million to support student scholarships at Smith and inspire others to increase their support through the Here for Every Voice Gift Matching Program. 

A gift of $100,000 or more to either establish a new endowed scholarship fund or add to an existing endowed scholarship fund will be matched with $50,000, increasing the value of the fund and maximizing its impact. 

Annual Giving

Annual gifts to The Smith Fund’s Essential Smith designation are an important source of scholarship aid in any amount.

Named funds may be established to support general financial aid, Ada Comstock Scholars or international students. Eligible gifts to The Smith Fund include:

  • $1,875 for alumnae in the 10 most recent classes
  • $5,000 for alumnae not yet in the milestone 25th reunion cycle
  • $10,000 for alumnae in 25th cycle classes
  • $25,000 for alumnae who have passed their 25th reunion

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts include those created through a will, living trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Planned gifts also include such giving tools as charitable trusts and gift annuities that can provide an income stream to the donor or a designee.

All gifts to Smith’s financial aid program are an investment in exceptional women who hold the promise to transform our world.

Learn More

Betsy Carpenter ’93
Associate Vice President for Development

Share Your Story

Did financial aid change your life? We want to hear your story. Add your voice to our call for scholarship support.


Match Your Gift

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below or check with your human resources department. Some large employers provide very generous matches.

If your company matches, you may be able to access the forms directly through the search. Follow the procedure described below; if needed, our staff will be happy to assist. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.