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    Vassar College
  Nov 21, 2017
Catalogue 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid

Matthew Vassar bequeathed to the college its first scholarship fund. Through the years, generous friends of the college have added permanent scholarship funds and annual gifts to help promising students meet their college costs.

The goal of the Financial Aid Office is to make a Vassar education affordable and accessible to all admitted students. Vassar meets 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students for all four years. As of the 2008/09 academic year, student loans which meet demonstrated need were replaced by additional scholarship grants in the financial aid awards of students whose families have a calculated annual income of $60,000 or less.

During the academic 2014/15 year, approximately 59 percent of the student body received financial aid totaling more than $62 million from the college, federal, state, and private sources. Of that amount, over $58 million was awarded in the form of Vassar Scholarship assistance, all of which was awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the college.

Applicants and their families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for assistance from federal financial aid programs. Applicants must also file the CSS PROFILE form with the College Board. This last form is required by Vassar College prior to the awarding of its own resources. Complete instructions and deadlines for first-year and transfer students are available online from the Office of Student Financial Services.

Instructions and application materials for financial aid for returning students are available from the Office of Student Financial Services in early March, with a filing deadline of May 1st.

Eligibility for federal student financial aid is determined by a federally mandated formula. Financial need for a Vassar Scholarship is determined through the use of the assessment principles of the College Board and subject to the professional judgment of the student financial aid officers of the college.

Vassar requires all financial aid applicants who are New York residents and United States citizens to apply for TAP. Information about this and other state programs can be obtained from Vassar’s Office of Student Financial Services or the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation websites.

The Committee on Student Records provides the TAP certifying officer and the financial aid officer of the college with a means for detailed analysis of any individual student’s status and academic progress to determine continuing eligibility for New York State financial assistance and federal Title IV financial aid programs.

Financial Aid Awards

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. The college expects students and parents to assume the primary responsibility for financing college costs. Need is defined as the difference between Vassar’s costs and a family’s expected contribution. Awards are packaged so that the first portion of the student’s need is covered with the offer of a campus job and, if appropriate, a student loan. Any remaining need is met with a scholarship. Recipients of freshman awards can expect continuing financial aid in relation to their need. They must, of course, remain members in good standing of the college community. Demonstrated need is reassessed each academic year and may indeed change if a family’s circumstances change.

Applicants for financial aid are expected to investigate all possible sources of assistance for which they may be eligible, such as state scholarships and awards offered by community organizations.

The following scholarships from funds not held by Vassar are available to applicants who meet the qualifications:

The B. Belle Whitney Scholarship, held in trust by J. P. Morgan/Chase Manhattan Bank for students with financial need from the following towns in Connecticut: Bethel, Danbury, Brookfield, Sherman, New Milford, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.

The L. L. Staton Scholarship, held in trust by Mahlon De Loatch, Jr., of Taylor and Brinson, Attorneys-at-Law, Tarboro North Carolina for women from Tarboro, Edgecombe County, eastern North Carolina, and western North Carolina, in that order.

The Eva March Tappan Scholarship, held in trust by Bank of America, Boston, Massachusetts, for residents of Worcester County.

The selection of students for these trust funds is determined by the Office of Student Financial Services.

Financial Aid and Athletes

Athletic ability is never a factor in the awarding of financial aid by Vassar College. Vassar College fields teams at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division III regulations prohibit the awarding of any financial aid based on athletic considerations.

Scholarships in the Performing Arts

A limited number of art supplies stipends and music-performance scholarships are given on the basis of financial need. Applications are available the first two weeks of each semester on the Office of Student Financial Services website.

Loan Funds

The Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan Program offers federally insured loans at a low interest rate, with a repayment period of 10 years. Deferment and forbearance provisions are available in special circumstances. An origination fee and finance charges are deducted from the loan prior to disbursement by the federal processor. Applicants for Stafford Loans must demonstrate need under criteria used in determining eligibility for subsidized loans (interest free while in school and approved deferment). Applicants found ineligible for a subsidized Stafford Loan may still receive a Stafford Loan but they will be required to at least make interest payments or capitalize the interest while in school. Application and additional information may be obtained from the college’s website.

The Federal Perkins Loan program is a federally funded program administered by the college. You may have up to 10 years to repay the loan at a 5 percent interest rate. There are no interest or principal payments while attending college on at least a half-time basis. Deferment and cancellation provisions are available in special circumstances.

International students demonstrating financial need for financial assistance from Vassar College receive a financial aid package that includes a student loan. More information about loans can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services.

The Office of Student Financial Services determines which loan is most appropriate for a student receiving financial aid.

Other Federal Loan Programs

The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is available to the parents of dependent undergraduate students. This loan carries a low variable interest rate. The maximum amount that can be borrowed is the cost of education less financial aid. Availability is also subject to credit review of the borrower(s). Repayment begins shortly after the loan is fully disbursed.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

This information regarding New York State TAP pertains to all New York State residents who received a financial aid decision from the Office of Student Financial Services, regardless of whether or not a TAP award appears on the Statement of Financial Aid. Final determination of eligibility rests with the Higher Education Services Corporation and what follows are the steps required to determine that eligibility.

General Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizens that are legal residents of New York State. Eligibility for TAP is based on the combined New York State Net Taxable Income of the student applicant and parent(s) not to exceed $80,000 with awards up to $5,165. For more information about the TAP program, go to and select “Students, Families & Counselors” or call the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (HESC) at 1-888-697-4372.

In addition, continuing students must maintain satisfactory academic progress based on the following guidelines in order to remain eligible for the TAP program:

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 

Calendar: Semester

Before being certified for this payment: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
A student must have accrued at least this many credits: 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96 111
Credits translated to Vassar Units: 0 2 4 8 11 14 19 23 27 31
With at least this Grade-Point-Average: 0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Student Employment

A campus job is part of all financial aid awards and priority for most jobs is given to financial aid recipients. Students receive an allocation for either Federal Work Study (federally funded) or Institutional Employment. Presently, financial aid allocations are $2,160 to $2,700 requiring a student to work eight to 10 hours per week based on a student’s class year. Some positions, which are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) are off-campus community service positions. The Student Employment component of the Office of Student Financial Services assists all students with job placements.

Temporary Loans

The college is fortunate to have modest funds donated to help students needing temporary emergency assistance. These loans are interest free, and are to be repaid in the shortest time possible. Application must be made to a financial aid officer.

Vassar Scholarships for Study Away and Exchange Programs

Students participating in approved study away programs (international or domestic) are eligible to receive financial aid. The amount of aid will be determined using the same family contribution that would be used if the student remained on campus, and an expense budget that reflects the necessary costs of the program. Because of the wide range of programs offered, the exact program cost and determination of aid eligibility can vary considerably.

Scholarship Funds

All Vassar scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of financial need, as determined by the college. The endowed funds listed below help support the Vassar scholarship program. Students do not apply for specific endowed funds; rather, they apply for financial aid.

  • Maxine Goldmark Aaron ‘24 Fund
  • Stella Hamburger Aaron 1899 Fund
  • Gorham D. and Rebecca I. Abbot Fund
  • Jennie Ackerly Fund
  • Florence White Adlem Fund
  • Edna C. Albro Fund
  • George I. Alden Trust Fund
  • Julia Bowles Alexander Fund
  • Margaret Middleditch Allardyce Fund
  • Mildred Allen Fund
  • Adelaide Ames Fund
  • Othmar Ammann Scholarship
  • Arlene Joy Amron Memorial Fund
  • Mary Louise Anderson Fund
  • E. Cowles and Miriam Jay Wurts Andrus Fund
  • Anonymous Scholarship Fund
  • Gwendolen Appleyard Class of 1934 Scholarship Fund
  • Louise C. Armstrong Fund
  • Alma Askin Endowed Scholarship
  • Elizabeth V. Atwater Fund
  • Norma K. and Lisa Aufzien Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Chellis A. Austin Fund
  • Edwin C. Austin Fund
  • Sarah Taylor Avrit Fund
  • Sara L. Azrael Fund
  • Lydia Richardson Babbott Fund
  • Elsie L. Baker Fund
  • Katharine Jones Baker Scholarship
  • Mary Donahue Baker Fund
  • Columbus and Edith E. Langenberg Baldo Music Fund
  • Leslie Greenough Barker Fund
  • Agnes L. Barnum Fund
  • Edward M. Barringer Fund
  • Charles and Rosanna Batchelor Fund
  • Baxter Scholarship Fund
  • Louisa Van Kleeck Beach Fund
  • Adeline Beadle Fund
  • Aymer J. and E. Louise Beecher Fund
  • Gabrielle Snyder Beck Endowment Fund
  • Julia E. Bell Fund
  • Margaret Jones Benton Fund
  • Ada Kerr Benz Fund
  • Gail Berman and William Masters Scholarship
  • Arnold Bernhard Foundation Fund
  • Cecile and Gustav Bernd Sr. Fund
  • Alison Bernstein Scholarship
  • James C.P. Berry Scholarship
  • Frank Stillman Bidwell Fund
  • Mary Brown Bidwell Fund
  • William Bingham, II Fund
  • Sarah Gibson Blanding Fund
  • Edith S. Wetmore Blessing Fund
  • Avis H. and Lucy H. Blewett Fund
  • Margaret S. Block Fund
  • Rebecca Prentiss Blunt Fund
  • Olive Thompson Bond Fund
  • Clara Lena Bostwick and Marion Bostwick Mattice Smith Fund
  • Annie Nettleton Bourne Fund
  • Constance B. Bowditch Fund
  • Mabel Maxwell Brace Fund
  • Priscilla Braislin Fund
  • The Braun Family Scholarship
  • Nannie Jenckes Brayton Fund
  • Louise D. Breidge Fund
  • Jane Breckir Memorial Fund
  • Brigham Family Scholarship
  • Blanche Campbell Brown Fund
  • Laura A. Brown Fund
  • Mabel Webster Brown Fund
  • Virginia Post Brown Fund
  • Brownell-Collier Fund
  • Florence Wadhams Buchanan Fund
  • Catharine Morgan Buckingham Fund
  • John Buckmaster Fund
  • Louise Burchard Fund
  • Bertha Shapley Burke Fund
  • David Calle and Mark Burstein ‘84 Scholarship
  • Marian Blakeslee Butler ‘39 Scholarship
  • Shirley Oakes Butler Fund
  • Marian Voorhees 1904 and Edgar J. Buttenheim Fund
  • Hilda J. Butterfield Fund
  • Annie Glyde Wells Caldwell Fund
  • Northern California Endowment Fund
  • Dorothy L. Campbell Scholarship
  • Nellie Heth Canfield Fund
  • Eliza Capen Fund
  • Henrietta Capen Fund
  • Jane Clark Carey Fund
  • Dorothy Carl Class of 1930 Scholarship
  • Central New York Scholarship Fund
  • Cornelia B. Challice Fund
  • Dr. Paul A. Chandler Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Emily M. Chapman Fund
  • J.P. Morgan Chase Scholarship Fund
  • Augusta Choate Fund
  • Edward Christman Scholarship Fund
  • Althea Ward Clark Fund in the Environmental Sciences
  • Carnzu A. Clark Family Fund
  • Class of 1896 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1900 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1922 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1923 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1931 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1934 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1936 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1942 Fund for the Environmental Sciences
  • Class of 1944 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1945 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1951 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1955 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1956 Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1962 Scholarship Fund
  • Class or 1969 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1974 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1982 Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 1985 (Alden) Fund
  • Class of 2010 Endowed Scholarship
  • Sally Dayton Clement Scholarship Fund
  • Cleveland Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Annette Perry Coakley Fund
  • Elizabeth Nielsen Cocciarell ‘76 Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Muir Coe 1942 Scholarship
  • P. Charles Cole Fund
  • College Bowl Scholarship Fund
  • Carol Ohmer Collins ‘47 Scholarship
  • Isabella Steenburg Collins Fund
  • Colorado Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Elizabeth W. Colton Scholarship
  • Compton Family Scholarship Fund
  • Compton Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Dorothy Danforth Compton Fund
  • Ruth E. Conklin Fund
  • Connecticut Scholarship Fund
  • Martine Vilas Conway ‘53 Endowed Scholarship
  • Alison R. Coolidge Fund
  • Wildey B. and Ella H. Cooper Fund
  • Dr. Susan Covey Memorial Scholarship
  • Sarah Frances Hutchinson Cowles and Patricia Stewart Phelps Fund
  • Susan Copland Crim Fund
  • Albert W. Cretella, Jr., Memorial Scholarship
  • Cronson Family Scholarship
  • John J. Csizmar Scholarship Endowment
  • Dr. Emma V.P. Bicknell Culbertson Fund
  • Gladys H. Cunningham Fund
  • Florence M. Cushing Fund
  • Dennis and Marsha Finn Dammerman Scholarship
  • Charles L. Dates Fund
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Scholarship Fund
  • Thomas M. and Mary E. Bennett Davis Fund
  • Barbara Knowles Debs ‘53 Scholarship
  • Margarita Victoria Delacorte ‘53 Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Barbara Rowe de Marneffe and Pamela Rowe Peabody Fund
  • George Sherman Dickinson Fund
  • Bertha Clark Dillon Fund
  • DiPasquale Family Scholarship
  • May Cossitt Dodge Fund
  • Mario Domandi Fund
  • Susan Miller Dorsey Fund
  • Caroline B. Dow and Lilla T. Elder Fund
  • Durant Drake Fund
  • Mary Childs Draper, Vassar 1908, Scholarship
  • Drotleff Scholarship Fund
  • Kathryn McGrath Dubbs Fund
  • Gwendoline Durbridge Fund
  • Maude Elizabeth Batcheller Durkee Fund
  • Catherine Pelton Durrell ‘25 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Jane Dustan Scholarship
  • Ruth P. East Fund
  • George and Mary Economou Scholarship for Poughkeepsie
  • Charles M. Eckert Fund
  • Edna H. Edgerton Fund
  • Achsah M. Ely Fund
  • Linda Beiles Englander ‘62 Fund
  • Andrew D. Eu ‘83 Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Y. Evans Fund
  • Katherine Evans 1946 Fund for Study Abroad
  • Martha Jarnagin Evans Fund
  • Feitler Family Scholarship
  • Margaret Ferguson Fund
  • Frances D. Fergusson Scholarship
  • Fergusson Presidential Scholars
  • Edith Ferry Memorial Fund
  • Mary Davis Firestone Memorial Fund
  • Julia Amster Fishelson Fund
  • Lucy Aldrich Fitch Fund
  • Foreign Service and Military Scholarship Fund
  • Elizabeth R. Foster Scholarship
  • Abbie H. Fox Fund
  • Anne Frank Memorial Fund
  • Friedland Scholarship Fund
  • Ruth Scharps Fuld Fund
  • Flora Todd Fuller Fund
  • S. Margaret Gallagher Fund
  • Roberta Galloway Gardner Fund
  • Myra Toby Gargill Scholarship Fund
  • Nellie J. Ryder Gates Fund
  • Caroline M. Gerrish Fund
  • Margaret McKee Gerrity Fund
  • Cora Williams Getz Fund
  • George R. and Helen M. Gibbons Fund
  • Kate Viola Gibson Fund
  • Lucille Renneckar Glass Fund
  • Louise Miller Glover Fund
  • Frances Goldin Scholarship Fund
  • Jeffrey Goldstein ‘77 Scholarship
  • Joan Gordon Scholarship Fund
  • George Coleman Gow Fund
  • Michael Paul Grace Endowed Scholarship
  • Graham Alumnae Fund
  • Harriette Westfall Greene Fund
  • Gayle Gussett Greenhill ‘58 Endowed Scholarship
  • Robina Knox Gregg Fund
  • Emma Catherine Gregory Fund
  • Kate Stanton Griffis Fund
  • Lea Trinka Grossi ‘72 Scholarship
  • Gertrude H. Grosvenor Fund
  • Helen Morris Hadley Fund
  • Hager Scholarship Fund
  • George S. & Esther E. Halstead Fund
  • Hamilton Scholarship
  • Ives Dulles Hannay ‘42 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Marian Shaler Hanisch Fund
  • H. Stuart Harrison Fund
  • Evelina Hartz Fund
  • Mary Lee and Andrew Hartzell Scholarship Fund
  • Margaret D. Hayden 1939 Scholarship Fund
  • Alice Hayes Fund
  • Elizabeth Debevoise Healy & Harold Harris Healy, Jr. Fund
  • Edward W. Hearon Memorial Fund
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund
  • Laura McNeely Hedrick Fund
  • Heffernan Scholarship Fund
  • Hazel Bowling Heflin Fund
  • John P. Herrick Fund
  • Frank C. and Maryellen Cattani Herringer ‘65 Scholarship
  • Hersey Association Scholarship Fund
  • Heloise E. Hersey Fund
  • Bailey Wright Hickenlooper Fund
  • Ralph M. Hill and Reba Stutson Hill, Vassar 1908, Scholarship
  • Anne Matson Hillary ‘88 Scholarship
  • Meredith Miller Hilson Fund
  • Malcolm and Anna Robb Hirsh ‘37 Endowed Scholarship
  • Adelaide F. and Alexander P. Hixon Endowment for Exploring Transfer
  • Dorothy Deyo Munro and Cornelia Deyo Hochstrasser Scholarship Fund
  • Robert and Martha Hoffman Fund
  • Elizabeth Hogsett Fund
  • Eugene and Edith Holman Scholarship
  • Blanche Ferry Hooker Fund
  • Julie Lien-Ying How Memorial Scholarship
  • Nancy Phillips Howland Scholarship
  • Mable Hastings Humpstone Fund
  • Calvin Huntington Fund
  • Dorothy D. Hurd Fund
  • Deborah Dow and Glenn Hutchins Scholarship
  • Lillia Babbitt Hyde Fund
  • Helen K. Ikeler Fund
  • Indiana Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Martha Rivers Ingram ‘57 Fund
  • Jane Lilley Ireson Fund
  • Martha Turley Jack Scholarship
  • Helen Hunt Jackson Fund
  • Harriet Morse Jenckes Fund
  • Bertha Tisdale Jenks Fund
  • Elizabeth Jenks Fund
  • Dorothy Jennings Class of 1923 Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Beth Johnson Memorial Fund
  • Colton Johnson Scholarship
  • Henry P. and Susan I. Johnson Scholarship Fund
  • Jane T. Johnson Fund
  • Julia E. Johnson Fund
  • Helen Lyon Jones Fund
  • Leila D. Jones Fund
  • Michael and Nancy Olmsted Kaehr ‘60 Scholarship
  • Louise M. Karcher Fund
  • Carol Miller Kautz ‘55 and James Kautz Trustee Scholarship
  • Katharine Margaret Kay Fund
  • Peggy Bullens Keally Fund
  • Clara E.B. Kellner Scholars Fund
  • Charlotte K. Kempner and Phyllis A. Kempner Scholarship Fund
  • Dorothy W. King Fund
  • Margaret Allen Knapp Scholarship Fund
  • Adelaide Knight Fund
  • Koopman Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Abraham Krakower Endowed Scholarship
  • Bertha M. Kridel Fund
  • Helen Dixon Kunzelmann Endowment
  • Delphia Hill Lamberson Fund
  • Lambert-Hall Fund for Studio Art
  • Barbara Bentley Lane ‘33 Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Ellen Vorzimer Langner Fund
  • Suzanne S. LaPierre ‘76 Scholarship
  • Katharine P. Larrabee Fund
  • Loula D. Lasker 1909 and Frances Lasker Brody 1937 Scholarship
  • Otis Lee Fund
  • Margaret Anita Leet Fund
  • Margaret Bashford Legardeur Fund
  • Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Dorothy I. Levens Fund
  • Susan J. Life Fund
  • Elisabeth Locke Fund in Music
  • Helen D. Lockwood Fund
  • Julia B. Lockwood Fund
  • Frances Lehman Loeb ‘28 Scholarship Fund
  • Dorothy Hirsch Loebl ‘48 Scholarship Fund
  • Louisiana Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Polly Richardson Lukens Memorial Fund
  • Lui & Wan Foundation Scholarship
  • Hannah Willard Lyman Fund
  • Lyndon Hall Alumnae Association Scholarship Fund
  • Catherine Hubbard MacCracken Fund
  • Majorie Dodd MacCracken Fund
  • Florence Van Sciver and Barbara Marter MacFalls Scholarship Endowment
  • Martha H. MacLeish Fund
  • Susan Zadek Mandel and Beth K. Zadek Fund
  • Mabel Farnham Mangano Fund
  • J.P. and L.T. Marangu Family Scholarship
  • Mary Anna Fox Martel 1890 Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Mary Sue Cantrell Massad Fund
  • Louise Roblee McCarthy Memorial Fund
  • Emma C. McCauley Fund
  • Richard H. McDonald Fund
  • James S. McDonnell Fund
  • Janet C. McGean Fund
  • A. Madrigale M. McKeever Fund
  • Maude McKinnon Fund
  • Elizabeth L. Geiger McMahon Fund
  • William C. McVail Scholarship Fund
  • M. Frances Jewell McVey Fund
  • J. Warren Merrill Fund
  • Caroline Henshaw Metcalf Fund
  • Michigan Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Minnesota-Dakota Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • William Mitchell Fund
  • Mohawk Valley Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Mary E. Monroe Fund
  • Mary H. Morgan Fund
  • Eugenia Tuttle Morris Fund
  • James B. and Emma M. Morrison Fund
  • Maude Morrison Fund
  • Christine Morgan Morton Fund
  • Samuel Munson Fund
  • John Murra Endowed Scholarship
  • Janet Murray 1931 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Sylvia and Harry Nelson Fund
  • Gretchen Hawkins Nelson and Sylvia Allen Nelson Fund
  • Mary Nelson Fund
  • Virginia Shafroth Newton 1941 Fund
  • New York Aid Fund
  • Elizabeth Singer Nicholson Memorial Fund
  • Nickerson-Elwell Scholarship Fund
  • Philip Nochlin Memorial Fund
  • North Carolina Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Jacqueline Nolte ‘48 Scholarship
  • Jean Anderson O’Neil Fund
  • Florence White Olivet Fund
  • Mary Olmstead Fund
  • Marian Woodward Ottley Fund
  • Ouyang Family Scholarship
  • Lydia Babbott Paddon and Richard Paddon Fund
  • Mary Cornelia Palmer Fund
  • Mabel Pearse Fund
  • Honoro G. Pelton Fund
  • Michael W. and Catharine Walker Percopo ‘46 Fund
  • Emma M. Perkins Fund
  • Florence Clinton Perkins Fund
  • Viva S. Perkins Fund
  • Matilda C. Perry Fund
  • Dorothy Persh Scholarship
  • Philadelphia Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Frances W. Pick Fund
  • Mary Ellen and Bruce Eben Pindyck Fund
  • Plapinger Family Scholarship
  • Porges Family Scholarship
  • Poughkeepsie Community Fund
  • Sarah Goddard Power Memorial Fund
  • President’s International Advisory Council Scholarship
  • Andrew Price III Memorial Scholarship
  • Luise Morgenschweis Pugh ‘52 Scholarship
  • Putnam Family Scholarship
  • Queen Marie Scholarship Fund
  • Elizabeth McCandless Rainey Fund
  • Sarah Tod Fitz Randolph Fund
  • Frances Helen Rawson Fund
  • John H. Raymond Fund
  • Ellen Roth Reisman Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Richard Reitknecht ‘87 Scholarship
  • Emma A. Rice Fund
  • Julia A. Richards Fund
  • Delia Rosanna Robbins Fund
  • Paul C. Roberts Fund
  • Steven and Kimberly Roberts Scholarship
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt Fund
  • Sandra Priest Rose Fund
  • Rossheim Memorial Fund: Dorothy, Sarah and Joseph B. Rossheim
  • Barbara Hirsch Rosston Scholarship Endowment
  • Lucile Cross Russell Fund
  • Alexander and Mary Ellen Saunders Fund
  • Harriet Sawyer Fund
  • Scholarship Endowment in Support of Need Blind Admissions
  • Ann Weinfeld Schulman Memorial Scholarship
  • Edna Bryner Schwab Fund
  • Alice McAfee Scott Fund
  • Miriam Tannhauser McNair Scott Scholarship Fund for Art History
  • Esther Sears Fund
  • Ruth Sedgwick Fund
  • Henrietta Buckler Seiberling Music Fund
  • Senior Class Gift-Scholarship Fund
  • Pamela Geraci Shaftell ‘66 Scholarship
  • Janet Warren Shaw Fund
  • Mary E. Shepard Fund
  • Susan Stein Shiva Fund
  • Janet Gerdes Short ‘40 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Lydia M. Short Fund
  • Dorothy Linder Silberberg Fund
  • Linda Sipress Scholarship
  • James T. and Gertrude M. Skelly Fund
  • Anna Margaret and Mary Sloan Fund
  • Carol Houck Smith Scholarship Fund for the Arts and Humanities
  • Eric M. Smith ‘92 Memorial Scholarship
  • Henrietta T. Smith Scholarship
  • Jane Prouty Smith Fund
  • Reba Morehouse Smith Fund
  • Beatrice and Harold Snyder Scholarship Fund
  • Nina Spiegelman ‘76 and Anthony Fusaro Endowed Scholarship
  • Blanche Brumback Spitzer Fund
  • Kittie M. Spring Fund
  • Carol L. Stahl Fund
  • Catharine P. Stanton Fund
  • Louise J. Starkweather Fund
  • Mary Isabella Starr Fund
  • Florence Finley Stay Scholarship
  • Lucy W. Stedman Fund
  • Mary Betty Stevens, M.D. Scholarship Fund
  • Clara Sax Strasburger Fund
  • Mary and Harry Streep Scholarship
  • Ernest and Elsie Sturm Fund
  • Summer Institute of Euthenics Scholarship Fund
  • Solon E. Summerfield Fund
  • Diana Ward Sumner Fund
  • Surdna Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Helen B. Sweeney Fund
  • Marian Stanley Sweet Fund
  • Texas Scholarship Fund
  • Florence White Thomas Fund
  • Mary Rogers Thomas Memorial Fund
  • Sarah and Elizabeth Thomas Fund
  • Adalyn Thompson Fund
  • John Thompson and Benson Van Vliet Fund
  • C. Mildred Thompson Fund
  • Ada Thurston Fund
  • Charlotte F.K. Townsend Fund
  • Emily Allison Townsend Fund
  • Margaret Pope Trask Endowment Fund
  • Jane B. Tripp Fund
  • Thomas Tsao ‘86 Memorial Fund
  • Cordelia F. Turrell Fund
  • Ruth Updegraff Scholarship Fund
  • Janet Graham Van Alstyne 1922 Scholarship Fund
  • Esther Ruth Van Demark Fund
  • Dr. Helen Van Alstine Scholarship Fund
  • Yannis Pavlos Vardinoyannis Fund
  • Vassar 150: World Changing Scholarship Fund
  • Matthew Vassar Auxiliary Fund
  • Vassar Changemakers Scholarship
  • Vassar Club of Boston Endowed Scholarship
  • Vassar Club of New York City Scholarship Fund
  • Vassar Club of St. Louis Fund
  • Vassar Club of Washington, DC, Book Sale Scholarship Endowment
  • Vassar College/Maria Mitchell Association Endowment Fund
  • Matthew Vassar Jr. Fund
  • Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein ‘76 Scholarship
  • John and Barbara Vogelstein Scholars Fund
  • Valerie Vondermuhll Fund
  • Harriett F. Hubbell Vossler Fund
  • Annetta O’Brien Walker Fund
  • Cornelia Walker Fund
  • Nora Ann Wallace ‘73 Scholarship
  • Washington State Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Dr. Caroline F. Ware Fund
  • Anne Bonner Warren 1950 Memorial Scholarship
  • Waterman-Neu Fund for Disadvantaged Students
  • Watkins-Elting Scholarship Fund
  • Christopher Howland Webber ‘05 Memorial Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Wylie Webster Fund
  • Martha Gaines Wehrle Scholarship
  • Mary C. Welborn Fund
  • Emma Galpin Welch Fund
  • Agnes B. and Elizabeth E. Wellington Fund
  • Jill Troy Werner ‘71 Endowed Scholarship
  • Clara Pray West Fund
  • Westchester Vassar Club Endowment Fund
  • Dorothy Marioneaux Whatley 1916 Scholarship Fund
  • Martha McChesney Wilkinson & Ruth Chandler Moore Class of 1918 Fund
  • Lois P. Williams ‘16 Scholarship Endowment
  • Edward and Elizabeth Williamson Fund
  • Katharine Mathiot Williston Fund
  • John F. Willson and Fanny G. Willson Scholarship Fund
  • Florence Ogden Wilson Fund
  • Woodrow Wilson Fund
  • Winbrook Scholarship Fund
  • Lucy Madeira Wing Fund
  • Annie Carpenter Winter Fund
  • David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund and Marian Woodward Ottley Fund
  • Dr. Gladys Winter Yegen Fund
  • Susan DeBevoise and Elizabeth Watson DeBevoise Endowed Scholarship
  • Mary Stout Young Fund
  • Jacob Ziskind Fund
  • Professor Anita Zorzoli Scholarship Endowment
  • 75th Anniversary Scholarship Fund

Additional scholarship funds were made available by the following Vassar Clubs during the 2013/14 academic year from gifts and endowments:

  • Central New Jersey
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado/Wyoming
  • Jersey Hills
  • Kansas City
  • Maryland
  • New Haven
  • Palm Beach/Boca Raton
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Rhode Island
  • Syracuse
  • Tucson
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wisconsin


A limited number of fellowships are available for graduate study. The fellowship funds have been established by friends of the college to encourage Vassar graduates to continue their studies in the United States or abroad, either in work toward an advanced degree or in the creative arts. Since the stipends do not cover the full amount needed for graduate work, applicants are strongly advised to apply simultaneously for outside grants. For information concerning graduate fellowships, students should consult their departmental advisor or the director of the Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising.

Members of the graduating class and recent graduates of Vassar College are eligible as specified under each fellowship. Applications should be made before February of the year for which you are applying, to the Committee on Fellowships. Application forms for all Vassar fellowships are available on the Office for Fellowships website.

Vassar College Fellowships

  • Mary Richardson and Lydia Pratt Babbott Fellowship
  • Katherine Jones Baker Fellowship-Biological sciences, medicine, chemistry, or physics
  • Phyllis Hunt Belisle-Mathematics
  • Eliza Buffington Fellowship-Research
  • Ann Cornelisen Fellowship for Undergraduate Students-for study of a current spoken language in any country outside the United States, preferably in conjunction with an interest in sociology, diplomatic service or international law
  • Ann Cornelisen Fund for Post-Graduate Fellowships
  • Nancy Skinner Clark Fellowship-Biology
  • DeGolier Fellowship
  • Eloise Ellery Fellowship
  • Dorothy A. Evans Fellowship
  • The Oppi Handler Fellowship
  • Elizabeth Skinner Hubbard Fellowship-Religion
  • James Ryland and Georgia A. Kendrick Fellowship
  • Abby Leach Memorial Fellowship-Greek history, archaeology, art, literature
  • Maguire English Teaching Fellowship in Indonesia - one fellowship per year to live and work in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Maguire Fellowship-Study in another country in which a student can pursue his or her special interests in the humanities, broadly defined
  • Helen Brown Nicholas and John Spangler Nicholas Fellowship-Science at Yale University
  • Mary Pemberton Nourse Fellowship-Medicine, social work, public health
  • Margaret C. Peabody Fellowship-International relations
  • Helen Dwight Reid Fellowship-lnternational relations
  • Mary Landon Sague Fellowship-Chemistry
  • Belle Skinner Fellowship-Study of history in France
  • Adolph Sutro Fellowship
  • Elinor Wardle Squier Townsend Fellowship-Art, preferably abroad
  • The Elsie Van Dyck DeWitt Scholarship Fund
  • Louise Hart Van Loon Fellowship
  • Margaret Floy Washburn Fund-Psychology
  • Emilie Louise Wells Fellowship-Economics

W. K. Rose Fellowship

This fellowship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of W. K. Rose, a distinguished scholar and teacher who was a member of the Vassar English Department from 1953 until his untimely death in the fall of 1968. Its object is to provide a worthy young artist with a chance to be free after college to pursue his/her work as an artist. All Vassar graduating seniors and Vassar alumnae/i under the age of 36 at the time of the deadline who demonstrated a creative talent in their years of undergraduate study, who are not presently employed by the college, and who have not already attained substantial recognition in their field will be considered eligible. Applications are available on the Office for Fellowships website.

Academic Internship Funds

The funds listed below help support Vassar’s endowment for academic internships in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students do not apply for specific endowed funds; rather, they apply for participation in either the URSI or Ford Scholars academic internship programs.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Noah Barnhart, Jr. Fund for Academic Internships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Gabrielle Snyder Beck Fund
  • Elise Nichols Bloch 1903 and Margaret Sawyer Bloch 1936 Fellowship
  • Class of 1942 Fund for the Environmental Sciences
  • Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Fund
  • Terry Gordon Lee ‘43 Memorial Internship Fund
  • The New York Community Trust-The John L. Weinberg Fund for Academic Interns
  • The Olmsted Fund
  • Bruce Eben and Mary Ellen Pindyck Internship in Art
  • Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation Fund
  • C. V. Starr Foundation Fund
  • Stern Goldin Family Summer Internship
  • The Strauss/Murdoch Family Fund