Celebrating the Impact of Scholarship Aid at Smith
Dozens of alumnae returned to campus on February 24 to attend a luncheon honoring scholarship donors and student recipients of financial aid. During her keynote address, Vice President for Enrollment Audrey Smith discussed the many opportunities made possible by financial aid, from study abroad and hands-on research with faculty members to athletic opportunities and Ada Comstock scholarships. She also shared that the need for financial aid continues to grow: Smith has attracted a record number of applications for eleven years in a row while eighty percent of applicants for admission are also applicants for financial aid.
During her talk, student speaker Jessica Nelson, AC ‘19, said, “I knew that Smith would give me the opportunity to challenge myself and be surrounded by some of the most powerful young minds in the country as well as the world. Being here, I know that I can make a difference as I continue in the world. I am able to give to the community here at Smith and around the Pioneer Valley—and will make a difference in the future—because I have been afforded the opportunity to earn the education, the knowledge and the leadership skills here at Smith that I need to make these goals a reality. I again just want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting financial aid and the current and future students at Smith.”