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Roslyn Watson '71 Inspires Simmons Community with Student-Centered Challenge

Roslyn Watson '71(December 4, 2013) -- Roslyn Watson '71 experienced firsthand the transformative power of a Simmons education.

"My intellect was sharpened in the classroom, my career was launched, and I formed life-long friendships with my fellow classmates," Watson says. She wants to ensure that a transformative, student-centered education will be available to as many Simmons students as possible.

In celebration of the 2013 Black Alumnae/i Symposium (April 12-14), Watson challenged alumnae/i, faculty, staff, parents, and friends to contribute to the Black Alumnae/i Symposium Legacy Scholarship, and she offered to match all gifts up to $150,000. The Challenge inspired the Simmons community and raised nearly $220,000, which will directly support talented young women of color who aspire to a Simmons education.

The Black Alumnae/i Symposium Legacy Scholarship benefits students like Rubby Wuabu '12 of Ghana. While at Simmons, she fully embraced her student experience by pursuing a double major in political science and international studies, singing with the Simmons College Concert Choir, and interning in the Massachusetts State Senate.

"Just imagine the impact that we are all having together on students with this scholarship fund," says Watson. "I can't think of a better way for us to celebrate our gifts and invest in the community that we all hold so dear."

The 2013 Black Alumnae/i Symposium attracted more than 100 attendees. The event emphasized the importance of giving back and celebrated the gifts members of the Simmons community have shared with the College and each other. Numerous awards were given to outstanding members of the alumnae/i community, including Kelley Chunn '90GS, Adunni Slackman Anderson '73, Theresa Hooper Peterson '85, Charlotte M. Streat '00SM, Alicia D. Canady Adamson '03, Chantel S. Adams '09, Elizabeth B. Rawlins '67GS, ’03HD, Patricia D. Phipps '75, and Cheryl Doddy Howard '71.


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