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Son Honors Mother's Commitment to Simmons

(April 8, 2013) -- Mayo Shattuck recently gave $400,000 to create the Jane Bergwall Shattuck '48 Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother's inspiring commitment to Simmons College. This fund will provide support to ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need to help ensure diversity of perspectives within the student body.

Jane Bergwall Shattuck '48 with daughter Lisa Halpin and son Mayo Shattuck
Jane Bergwall Shattuck '48 with son Mayo Shattuck and daughter Lisa Halpin at Simmons College.

"This fund is a wonderful way for my family to reflect on my mom's contributions to the College. It serves as a reminder that it's never too late to express our pride and love for someone who has done so much to make our lives productive and fulfilling," says Mayo Shattuck.

Jane Bergwall Shattuck '48 left Simmons in her junior year to get married, but always hoped that she'd eventually receive her degree. That dream was realized 64 years later when she walked across the stage to collect her bachelor of arts degree at the 2012 Commencement.  

"She really was thrilled by the opportunity to graduate with the other students," he says. "The interesting thing is she was always treated as a graduate. In a way, it’s like closing the loop over the years."

Jane Shattuck remained active at Simmons College, serving on the Simmons Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association Executive Board, the Sports for Simmons Campaign Committee, and as a class officer.

"I took a combination of liberal arts and business courses at Simmons because I wanted to be prepared for work," she says. "The leadership opportunities I embraced at Simmons supported my volunteer work throughout my life."

Her commitment to Simmons has included establishing the Jane Bergwall Shattuck '48 Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad which provides support for young women participating in international education initiatives.

 

 

 

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