I’d like to tell the story of all 140 alums. Each deserves a chapter, but I know this text would quickly become outdated and the complete form would resemble a telephone book (remember those?) in volume. Telling the story of one to capture the essence of all is equally challenging. There is no typical CSG alum story. So, here’s my approach. I’m going to tell the story of our alum community through a third party lens.
College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor Maine, is my alma mater. It is a school dedicated to building community and driven by a fascination with the space where the natural world and the man-made intersect. College of the Atlantic offers alums of Coastal Studies for Girls an annual gift of up to $10,000 to study Human Ecology on their campus. COA put a monetary value on the education CSG provides and estimated it to be around $40,000 per student. Until this year, however, the generous gift had not been utilized. This fall, four CSG alums will start as freshmen at COA, and all will receive these scholarships. As a COA alumna, I am thrilled to see this relationship deepen and know it will serve both communities well. As a CSG employee, I look forward to fostering this connection.
This student scholarship for Coastal Studies for Girls alums values the long-term power of 16 weeks at the little yellow farmhouse. It also speaks to the impression our alums make out in the world. COA and CSG share a commitment to supporting scientifically curious leaders who bring their voices to each of their communities.
Thirty alums were considering college this spring and as of May 1st most of them will have made final commitments to the school of their choosing. For the past two weeks I’ve received a steady stream of updates. Two girls from different semesters are heading to college in Hawaii (possibly living as roommates). One will be at Johns Hopkins and another will be starting at Bryn Mawr.
I want to take a moment and express gratitude to all our alums. Thank you to all the wild women, the muddy and fierce and bold humans, who’ve lived at the little yellow farmhouse and used it as a springboard to further success. I am proud of you, CSG is inspired by you and we’re lucky to have you in our community.