August 17, 2020
Greetings Spelman Community,

What a joyous time we had this weekend welcoming the class of 2024 into the Spelman sisterhood. Today, I write to share some exciting news. Seth and Beth Klarman, longtime supporters of Spelman, have extended their generosity with a new $10 million gift to the College for scholarships.

The scholarships will focus on helping students overcome the financial barriers that may prevent them from graduating.

What is striking about the Klarman’s generosity is that their commitment to Spelman has been built over a long period of time. They have taken the time and care to know the College well. They've visited classes and engaged with students and faculty members to understand Spelman’s goals. And they’ve reviewed statistics on available financial aid versus financial need.

Data driven, they have asked tough questions that enable us to develop useful analyses of the financial aid support students require for degree completion and success that, ultimately, strengthen us as an institution. In addition to financial support, Spelman continues to benefit from introductions the Klarmans have facilitated that provide enhanced curriculum, research and professional development experiences.

We are grateful for the Klarman’s commitment to the Spelman community. You may read more about their gift, which will allow more Spelman students to graduate with a competitive edge, in whatever their chosen field, prepared for a life and career of positive change. In this historic moment, we appreciate their leadership and encouragement of others to make meaningful contributions that support our talented Spelman students.


Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College


Office of the President
Phone: 404-270-5001

Fax: 404-270-5010

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