Brown Foundation Awards $1 Million to PMC

Responding to the challenge faced by many women to obtain responsibly-priced, quality higher education, the Brown Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Pine Manor College's Fund for Affordable Education.

In 1998 PMC used an alumna's unrestricted $4 million bequest to establish the Fund for Affordable Education and implement a 34 percent reduction in tuition, saving each student $5,700 per year and providing one of the lowest tuition rates among private, nonsectarian, four-year women's colleges in the country. Dr. Maconda Brown O'Connor, president of the Houston-based Brown Foundation and a PMC alumna, said the grant "recognizes Pine Manor's outstanding leadership in reaching out to families who are struggling to pay for a college education for their daughters. The grant is an investment in the future for women."

The College will designate part of the award to the memory of Margaret Wiess Elkins '42. A life-long Houston resident, Ms. Elkins was actively involved in numerous cultural and civic organizations, and was a generous benefactor of Pine Manor College. Each year, several Pine Manor students will be selected for Margaret Elkins Leadership Scholarships in recognition of their significant contributions to community service.

In addition to the tuition cut, PMC's mission of inclusive leadership and social responsibility has been enhanced by several other new initiatives in the past three years. The College has increased efforts to recruit more students from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds -- one third of the currently enrolled students are women of color‹and has refocused its liberal arts curriculum around portfolio assessment and specific learning outcomes. PMC has also developed partnerships with local agencies and public schools to address youth development issues, health care delivery to underserved populations and entrepreneurship opportunities for women.

For the second, consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges ranked Pine Manor College among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the North with the most diverse student populations.