Spelman College in Atlanta has announced a $5 million gift from Seth and Beth Klarman in support of scholarships for current and incoming students.
The gift will expand opportunities for more students at Spelman, a liberal arts college dedicated to academic excellence and the education of African-American women, to become models of academic excellence and agents for positive change in the world. Between 2014 and 2017, the Klarmans supported scholarships for three hundred and twenty-one Spelman students across a range of academic disciplines and activities, including STEM undergraduate research programs, study abroad in cities such as Florence and Marrakesh, and coursework related to careers in forensic psychology, law, pediatric neuroscience, data science, and journalism, among others.
"Seth and Beth are committed supporters of medical research, higher education, and those experiencing the greatest need in and around Boston," said Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell. "Their generous contributions to Spelman have enabled countless students to thrive as they persist to graduation, unencumbered by financial barriers to success. Multiple cohorts of academically talented, socially engaged students will graduate from Spelman having benefited from Klarman support and the college's innovative curricular and co-curricular experiences."