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WES is proud of its newest scholars, all first-year students who will graduate in 2020.

Pictured below are Cinea Jenkins, Eva Parra, Valeria Peralta, Jessica Ramos, and Kristie Shirley.

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Cinea Jenkins '20 

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Eva Parra '20

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Valeria Peralta '20

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Jessica Ramos '20

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Kristie Shirley '20

The Purpose

A WES member today contributes to tuition and book allowances for 20 Colorado College women selected as “WES Scholars” for their achievement, academic and personal promise, as well as financial need. A WES member has many opportunities to interact with WES Scholars through social events, fundraisers, and campus activities. Currently, WES has 230 members.

The "Quiet Work"

Mary G. Slocum, the wife of the William F. Slocum, an early president of Colorado College, founded WES. Mary used the phrase "a quiet work" in 1897 to characterize WES’ accomplishments, from capital projects to equipment purchases to lectures to scholar support. Among its lengthy list of quiet works are the following highlights:

  • Built the first women's residence, Montgomery Hall (1890–91)
  • Gave a complete infirmary (1936), and helped equip the present one
  • Furnished the Special Collections study room in Tutt Library (1974)
  • Endowed the Southwest Studies lectureship "Women in the West" (1989)
  • Improved congregational lighting in Shove Chapel (1994)
  • Purchased a commercial stove to aid CC students who ran a community soup kitchen in Shove Chapel (1994)
  • Raised more than $110,000 in a campaign for the WES Scholarship fund (2005–2008)
  • Contributed $6,100 to the Richard F. Celeste Scholarship Fund, which was matched by the Walton Family Foundation (2011)
  • Published A Quiet Work Continues: WES in its Second Century (2014)
  • Celebrated its 125th anniversary (2014)


The WES scholarship and other scholarships I received through CC played a huge role in my decision to attend this institution.” — Amairani Alamillo ’16



“WES has made a huge difference, especially as far as the book scholarship. It has definitely reduced loans and financial stress on my parents.” — Kayla Fratt '16





“We are proud of each WES scholar and her potential for a bright future. We want to make a positive difference in their college experience.”
— Scholarship Committee co-chairs Elaine Derbenwick and Helen Knight