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    WES Board of Managers 2020-2021

    Executive Officers:

    Karen Rubin--President
    Patsy Aronstein--Vice President
    Lyrae Williams--Treasurer
    Catherine Tobin--Assistant Treasurer
    Judith Light--Corresponding Secretary
    Lisa Bonwell--Recording Secretary

    Committee Chairpersons:

    Finance:   Lyrae Williams
    Van Briggle/Fundraising:  Pamela Fickes-Miller
    Program:  Patsy Aronstein
    Publicity:  (Open)
    Membership:  Cindi Zenkert-Strange
    Scholarship:  Judy De Groot
    Nominating:  Patsy Aronstein

    Email: 
    WES@coloradocollege.edu

    Mailing Address:
    The Woman's Educational Society of Colorado College
    14 East Cache La Poudre Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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    WES was founded in 1889 to give assistance to the students of Colorado College.


    About

    WES Scholars

    Read about our newest scholars:

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    Anniabelle Sparks '24

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    Avery Colborn '24


    Graziella Pierangeli '24

    Julia Nichols WES Scholar 2020-2024

    Julia Nichols '24

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    Magdalene Gonzales '24

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    Olivia Xeras '24

    Returning WES scholars:

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    Tamar Crump '23

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    Rikki Held '23

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    Sarah Higgins '23

    Gabriella_Morale_325w

    Gabriella Morales '23

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    Clara Sato '23 

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    Sakina Bhatti ’22

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    Dylan Hall ’22

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    Cinea Jenkins '20 

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    Allya John ’22

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    Jennifer Lam ’22

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    Tiffany McBride ’22

    Emileigh Rafidi 2021

    Emileigh Rafidi '21

    Grace Pantalone 2001

    Grace Pantalone '21

    Melissa Manual 2021

    Melissa Manuel '21

    The Purpose

    WES has a dual purpose of supporting scholars, but also bringing the community and the college together. 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