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Sons Create Scholarship to Honor Mother's Legacy

A family's Simmons "legacy" can take many forms beyond having multiple generations of alumnae/i – as wonderful as that is. For a growing number of families, their legacy includes sons making gifts to honor their mothers.

Lasting Impact on Family, Students

Professor Jill McLean TaylorJill McLean Taylor came to Simmons in 1990 as a professor of education, and later became chair of the women's and gender studies department. Shortly after her retirement in 2010, she passed away.

Dr. Taylor's legacy as a lifelong advocate for education and a champion of women's rights and social justice looms large in the lives of her sons, Alex, Tom, and Will Taylor. They are contributing $100,000 to create the Jill McLean Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of their mother's legacy to benefit students from the Boston Public Schools with an interest in women's and gender studies.

"Our mom gave us a deeper sensitivity toward the issues she was passionate about," says Alex Taylor. "She had a big impact on her students, and we hope this scholarship will continue to move her life’s work forward."

If you would like to contribute to the Jill McLean Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit and select "other" when making your gift, then enter "Jill McLean Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the appropriate field.



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