With 76% of students depending on financial aid to attend Bryn Mawr, growing scholarships is one of the College’s most critical needs. Scholarships mean so much more than financial assistance. They provide students who need support the chance to experience everything Bryn Mawr has to offer.
Thomas and Merion Scholarships are two special opportunities for Bryn Mawr Fund donors to provide immediate and direct tuition relief for students in need of financial aid.
Thomas Scholarships are four-year student scholarships that begin with a gift to The Bryn Mawr Fund of $5,000 per year for four years, for a minimum contribution of $20,000. Donors will receive news about the Thomas Scholars benefitting from their support and be recognized as a member of The Slade Society, Bryn Mawr’s leadership giving circle.
“I have earned the sense of responsibility and pride that comes with being a member of the rowing team, the inspiration that blooms following a heated discussion in class, and the camaraderie of young women who may come from vastly different backgrounds, but who all share a love of learning for learning’s sake. These experiences would not have been available to me without your help. I know that my four years at Bryn Mawr will lay the foundation for all that I do afterward, and therefore your generosity will always stay with me.”
- Grace Ward ’14
By making a gift of $15,000, donors underwrite a Merion Scholarship for one year. Donors at the Merion Scholarship level will receive reports on the Merion Scholars supported by their gifts, and those students are encouraged to write personal letters to the donors. Donors have the opportunity to meet with scholarship recipients at special events organized by the Development office.
"The Merion Scholarship has given me an opportunity that neither my family nor I ever dreamed possible, and I cherish it every day. Whether I'm learning in class, playing on the soccer field, or hanging out with the amazing women that I've met here, Bryn Mawr is truly my second home. I am extremely grateful to be able to live out my dream here."
- Karina Siu '14