News & Updates
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.
Thanks to the support of many generous alums, we are approaching the halfway mark for our goal.
Luna Wang ’24J is deepening her understanding of people and strengthening her future.
Peris Mwangi ’23 is focused on changing the world for women, particularly women of color.
Lâle Burk, who taught chemistry at Smith for nearly five decades, is being honored with an endowed scholarship inspired by her superb teaching career.
An intergenerational suggestion ignites excitement and action for the 25th Reunion class.
When Xiaole Shirley Liu ’97 reached out to five friends with the idea of making a collective scholarship gift, they decided to invest in a Here For Every Voice Giving Circle, a new way of contributing to the college’s top priority—financial aid—and leaving a permanent legacy.
Recently, Smith announced the good news that thanks to the support of thousands of alums, faculty and staff, we raised more than $70 million for the Here for Every Voice financial aid fundraising initiative. Now, Smith is setting its sights on a new, ambitious goal to raise $200 million in endowed funds for financial aid, an effort that’s particularly personal for Smith President Kathleen McCartney.
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.
Four alums share how Smith made a difference in their lives, and how they believe scholarship aid can transform the lives of students.
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.
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.
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.
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.