Wellesley Students' Aid Society
Welcome to the home page of the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society. The Society was founded in the late 1800’s for the purpose of providing funds for women who could not afford a Wellesley education.
More than 130 years later, the Society continues as a vibrant, independent corporation that is supported by alumnae and friends. Its purpose has not changed since its inception, although students are now supported in a variety of ways. I hope that you will take the time to explore this site to learn more about the Society and to discover ways in which you can help us in our mission to provide assistance to Wellesley’s amazing students.
I have included portions from our summer appeal.
I have now had the privilege of serving as the President of the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society for a full year and wish to share some of the highlights from the 2010-2011 year. During my years as college registrar, I worked directly with students, faculty and staff and valued the many connections that I made in the course of my career at Wellesley. Now I find myself in the enviable position of again meeting with students and making new connections with alumnae who join us in our commitment to aiding students.
There are several ways in which we help students and I shared some of the details during the Annual Meeting that was held on June 4 during Reunion Weekend:
We work with the College to commit tuition grant and loan funds that are used in financial aid packages. This year, we received a request from the College to increase our loan pledge significantly and we were pleased to be able to respond to this request by increasing our pledge to Wellesley College for tuition grants and loans by 24% in the 2011-2012 year, from a total of $705,000 to $835,000.
We also greet entering students on financial aid with $100 book vouchers at the college bookstore and this year, we expanded our aid by giving returning sophomores on financial aid $100 Amazon cards. The entering students come to the office during orientation and they are usually somewhat overwhelmed, but grateful. The sophomores loved the Amazon cards and several of them thanked us for not forgetting them.
Our emergency loan program is available to any student who finds herself facing an unexpected financial shortfall and this is a powerful way that your contributions are translated into an effective response to immediate need and demonstrate the connection between alumnae and students. I have met some amazing students this year when they came to the office and, because of your support, have felt the joy of being able to offer help and support on your behalf.
We continue to look for ways to let students know how we can help as well as to tell our story to alumnae and friends. Communication and connection are key and to this end, we now have a Wellesley Students’ Aid Facebook page as well as our website. We hope that you will help us spread the word about who we are and what we do. And we welcome your suggestions and ideas for ongoing communication strategies.
The need continues and I ask for your financial support. Although your gift to the Society does not count as a gift to the College, please know that your contribution will directly improve the College experience of so many deserving women. Thank you very much for your support.
Ann Hayden Hamilton '67
The "Clothes Closet" provides gently used items to the students, for free. We are in desperate need of:
- winter items (jackets, blazers, sweaters and coats)
- interview suits that are "current"
- spring/summer "business casual"
- spring/summer tops and skirts
- black dresses (everyone needs a black dress!)
You may send your items directly to us at the address at the right.
Everything is tax deductible. Please include a return address and we will mail you a receipt.