Scripps Celebrates Mellon

By Kate Pluth '12, Copy Editor

Announced Monday, Scripps College is the proud recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant amounts to $700,000 and covers three years.

The Mellon Foundation offers funds to various initiatives that span higher education, arts, conservation, communication and the environment. The foundation gives about $199.5 million in grants annually.

Scripps Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Amy Marcus-Newhall, who was responsible for the writing of the grant, described in an email that the grant awarded to Scripps will go toward “[mentoring] undergraduate student research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences for pre-thesis mentored work and more traditional research fellowships.” Thus, the grant will support the student body and help it achieve its research goals.

In addition to Marcus-Newhall, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Kristin McInnis contributed to the grant proposal, as well as a faculty advisory committee including professors Theirry Boucquey, Hao Huang, Julie Liss, Jacqueline Wernimont and Stacey Wood.

This is not the first time Scripps has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Wrote Marcus-Newhall in an email to The Scripps Voice, “The last one we received three years ago was for our interdisciplinary Core program.” The Claremont Consortium is also acquiring funding from the Mellon Foundation for the digital humanities.

The College hopes to continue to develop this relation- ship with the Foundation. Marcus-Newhall voiced how the Foundation helps provide “tremendous opportunities” for students and faculty alike.