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Alumnae Relations & Development
Alumnae House
33 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 800-526-2023 or 413-585-2020

To learn more, please contact:
Betsy Carpenter ’93
Associate Vice President for Development

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Smith aspires to be the go-to college for women who want to do well in order to do good in the world. That’s why Smith has launched a $200 million endowed fundraising initiative to boost scholarship support to students, ensuring that a Smith education remains accessible and affordable to students from a range of backgrounds. We invite you to partner with Smith in our efforts.

Smith Receives $50 Million for Financial Aid, Careers

Smith College has received a $50 million gift to its endowment to transform and support financial aid and career development programs. The gift—from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous—is the largest gift from an individual donor in Smith’s history. 

Chain Reaction: Chemistry Professor Milton D. Soffer Remembered for His Inspiration In and Out of the Lab

An anonymous gift made through Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative has established the Professor Milton D. Soffer Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support chemistry majors.

Milestone Reunion Classes Support Scholarships

In addition to being a special time to reconnect, milestone Reunions—25th, 35th, 50th and 60th—are an opportune time for alumnae to invest in current and future generations of Smithies.

Meet Four Alums Who Are Changing the World One Scholarship at a Time

Four alums share how Smith made a difference in their lives, and how they believe scholarship aid can transform the lives of students.

A Leader in the Making

Eleni Partakki ’22 has a mission: to build community in her hometown and the world.

Smith’s Scholarship Initiative Helps Ensure a Sustainable Future

It’s already impossible to fit Madeline Turner ’21’s resume on one page. The anthropology major from Garrettsville, Ohio, has served as president of the Smith Debate Society and principal trumpet in the Smith College Orchestra. And she recently co-authored a book, The Land of Milk and Money: Lessons Learned From Ohio Women in Dairy, inspired by her own childhood growing up on a dairy farm.

Smith’s Scholarship Initiative Opens Doors to Opportunity

Diane Alvarez Benitez ’22, a first-generation engineering and architecture student at Smith, learned the value of education from her father. Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative to raise $75 million for scholarships is giving students like Diane an opportunity to find their voice at Smith—and change the trajectory of their lives and communities in the process.

Endowed Scholarship Funds Get a Boost Through New Gift-Matching Program

For Anne Donovan Bodnar ’78, giving to Smith is intensely personal. About five years ago, she set up an endowed scholarship fund in memory of her mother, Frances M. Donovan, who graduated from the University of Maine in her home state, but always greatly admired the women of her generation who attended Smith. Eventually, she encouraged her daughter to attend.

Everyone Needs a Posse

In 2014, in conjunction with a White House summit on access to higher education for underserved students, President Kathleen McCartney announced Smith’s partnership with the Posse Foundation, which recruits small, diverse groups—or “posses”—of talented students for specific colleges and universities. The students receive full scholarships and special faculty mentoring, and students in the posse support one another throughout their college careers.

“Smith has a powerful mission and I’m proud that we continue to be a leader in the education of women.”
—Anne Donovan Bodnar ’78