June 17, 2020

Dear Spelman Community,

When the Spelman community gathered several years ago to develop a strategic vision for the College, we overwhelmingly decided that scholarships for our gifted students should be our highest priority.

Delivering the Spelman promise by enabling every student who enrolls to graduate, was the No.1 goal for the College.

For this reason, I am overwhelmed with joy and hope as I share the news that Spelman has received a gift of $40 million from Patty Quillin and her spouse, Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, that will allow the College to make significant progress toward this goal.

The gift will fund the creation of the Dovey Johnson Roundtree Presidential Scholarship, which, annually, over the next 10 years will provide 20 talented, first-year students with full four-year scholarships that cover full tuition, room and board, and all fees.

Ms. Quillin and Mr. Hastings have made an identical gift to our neighbor, Morehouse College, and the United Negro College Fund. Both institutions are receiving $40 million each.

Over the last year, Spelman Board Chair Rosalind Brewer and I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Quillin and Mr. Hastings and we were immediately struck by their commitment to educational equity, as evidenced by their decades of involvement in the KIPP charter school network. We are grateful they have chosen this moment to deepen their involvement in what has been a lifetime commitment by expanding their giving to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Please see the press release and join me in sharing deep appreciation to Ms. Quillin and Mr. Hastings and celebrating the impact their gift will make in the lives of our students and at our beloved Spelman.


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


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