Why Support Stephens?
Every donor has his or her personal reasons for
making a gift to Stephens. Many alumnae tell us that their years
at Stephens provided them a quality education and lifelong friendships
and memories, and that the joy of giving back is intense. Others
feel the most important incentive is to contribute to the continuing
quality at Stephens: the quality of talented graduates who will
lead our corporate, professional and civic communities, and the
quality of our faculty and their ability to teach students effectively
Every donation to the Annual Fund, regardless of the amount, is critical to Stephens’ success and to the academic experience of the hundreds of students that benefit directly and immediately from your support.
Photo: Carolyn Skoglund Kuttenkuler
"Many things at Stephens have changed since I graduated in 1965, but some very important things remain the same. The tradition of the Ten Ideals continues to shape the women of this generation as much as it did mine. The faculty is concerned about the students long after they leave campus, and the alumnae offer a lifetime of support for their sisters and the remarkable institution that has made us who we are today. Stephens has given us all so much, and I am one of many who understand the importance of giving back to ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities that we had.”
-Carolyn Skoglund Kuttenkuler ’65
A.A., Stephens College
B.S., University of Missouri – Columbia '67
Photo: Amy Diaz
"I’m proof that Stephens women really can do it all and pursue any of their talents and dreams. It’s even more than having the opportunity – it’s also being surrounded by people who care about you and feeling safe enough to stretch yourself and set bigger goals. Support is one of the core ideals of the Stephens experience – and I don’t think it exists like this at a large, coed college.”
-Amy Diaz '07
Fashion Marketing and Management major
Photo: Alan Havig
"Private colleges cannot exist without the voluntary contributions of their alumnae and friends. We friends of private education alone have the power to guarantee the future of Stephens College. Independence of public financial support sometimes means for private colleges independence to believe and practice as we wish, free from the pressures that state legislatures and educational bureaucrats can bring, in times of political and social stress especially. The best example of our independence and uniqueness, of course, is the fact that we remain in the 21st century a college for women, one of very few in the nation. We now have existed in three centuries and someday —with your continued support —we may be able to say that we have existed for three centuries.”
— Alan Havig, Trustees' professor
What Happens When You Support the Stephens College Annual Fund?
• Scholarships are funded.
• Outdated lab equipment and computers are replaced.
• Cutting edge educational technologies are made possible.
• Faculty enrichment and development is made possible.
• Research opportunities become available.
• New library books are purchased.
• Campus maintenance, restoration and beautification that enhance the character of Stephens and preserve her image are made possible.
• Student life on campus is enhanced.
• The lights stay on.