Our Mission

To stimulate, encourage, and promote the educational welfare of students and alumni of Hunter College through establishing, maintaining, and awarding scholarships and other grants.

Our Story

A Progressive Vision

The Scholarship and Welfare Fund of the Alumni Association of Hunter College (S&W Fund) was established in 1949 when five alumnae came together to help many intelligent, motivated students who could not afford necessities like transportation to school, lunch, or even a coat. That year, each of our founders donated $100 to assist high-performing Hunter College students with these expenses.

While much has changed since 1949, our mission to support dedicated students and alumni as they pursue their degrees remains the same. Through the generous support of Hunter College alumni the S&W Fund currently awards more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants to qualified Hunter College students every year.

Learn About Scholarships

Our Story

A Progressive Vision

The Scholarship and Welfare Fund of the Alumni Association of Hunter College (S&W Fund) was established in 1949 when five alumnae came together to help many intelligent, motivated students who could not afford necessities like transportation to school, lunch, or even a coat. That year, each of our founders donated $100 to assist high-performing Hunter College students with these expenses.

While much has changed since 1949, our mission to support dedicated students and alumni as they pursue their degrees remains the same. Through the generous support of Hunter College alumni the S&W Fund currently awards more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants to qualified Hunter College students every year.

Learn About Scholarships

Our Story

A Progressive Vision

The Scholarship and Welfare Fund of the Alumni Association of Hunter College (S&W Fund) was established in 1949 when five alumnae came together to help many intelligent, motivated students who could not afford necessities like transportation to school, lunch, or even a coat. That year, each of our founders donated $100 to assist high-performing Hunter College students with these expenses.

While much has changed since 1949, our mission to support dedicated students and alumni as they pursue their degrees remains the same. Through the generous support of Hunter College alumni the S&W Fund currently awards more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants to qualified Hunter College students every year.

Learn About Scholarships

Board Leadership

Driving Us Forward

The S&W Fund is led by dedicated alumni with experience across a variety of fields, including journalism, education, medicine, and business.

 

The Alumni Association of Hunter College (AAHC) is a separate, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. For more information about the AAHC, please click here.

Shirley A. Whitney received her B.S. in Nursing and her M.S. in Counseling from Hunter College. She has multi-disciplinary professional human services experience in both the government and private sector. She has worked with the NYC Board of Education, NYC Department of Health, NYC Department of Social Services, NYC Administration for Children's Services, and AMRON Management Consultants to name a few. After retirement, Shirley volunteered in Haiti for 14 years writing grant proposals, reports, and newsletters for Friends of the Children on Lascahobas (a NYC-based 501c3).
Virginia (Ginny) completed a five-year term as president of the S&W Fund (2014-2019), currently serves as First Vice President of the S&W Fund and is Assistant Treasurer of the Alumni Association of Hunter College Board. She is a member of the Hall of Fame and recipient of a Distinguished Service Award to the Association and the College. She is a retired advertising executive who spent approximately $100,000,000 a year buying network ads for such clients as Gillette, Procter & Gamble, Black & Decker, and Taco Bell.
Patricia earned her B.A., MA from Hunter and her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate School. She has served as President of the Alumni Association of Hunter College and was elected to the AAHC Hall of Fame. She served as the Secretary of the S&W Fund and is Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Committee. She is an English professor at New York City College of Technology/CUNY, where she teaches composition and American Literature. She is also the editor of Singing for Themselves: Essays on Women in Popular Music, and is completing a book project on 19th century American poetry.
Ursula completed a five-year term as president of the S&W Fund (2009-2014). She now serves as Third Vice President. Ursula is a member of Hunter College’s Hall of Fame and received a Distinguished Service Award for her work on behalf of the Alumni Association and the College. Ursula has spent many years at the New York Times culminating her career as the photo editor of the travel section.
Leslie served as co-chair of the S&W Fund’s Graduate Awards Committee as well as, chair of the Nominating Committee. She serves as Fourth Vice President of the Fund. Leslie holds a master’s degree in nursing education from Teachers College. Leslie became a pediatric nurse practitioner in 1975. She was a pioneer in the field and worked for most of her life in various hospitals in New York City.
Helen has served on the board of the S&W Fund for over 20 years and was the president of the Fund for five years. She is a member of the Hunter College Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Goldfarb currently serves as the chair of the Finance Committee. She has a longstanding interest in the arts and worked at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as the administrator of the National Critics Institute for 25 years.
Norman Goldsmith received the BA degree cum laude, with Honors, in Chemistry from Hunter College in 1959 and the MS degree in Physical Chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1964. He began his career working for RCA in 1959. Between 1959 and 1967 he developed key semiconductor processing methods for integrated circuits. The semiconductor industry honored his contributions in 1997 with the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) award, the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar. He left RCA in 1967 to help found Laser Diode Laboratories. He re-joined RCA Laboratories in 1967 as a manager of multi-million-dollar technology projects for clients in the US, Japan and Korea. He also was the program manager for HDTV, Iris Identification, Virtual Reality and DirectTv™ development. He is member of Hunter College’s Hall of Fame and received the college’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award.
Vera’s teaching career, including 25 years in the Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College, has been central to her life. She has been seriously committed to academic and professional activities and responsibilities for decades, particularly in Phi Beta Kappa, the American Association of Teachers of French and, of course, the Alumni Association of Hunter College.
Joseph is the president and CEO of Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., an international organization dedicated to the enhancement, promotion, and preservation of the classical sacred music repertoire. He was the founding executive and artistic director of the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College from 1992 to 2001. He is a longtime member of the S&W Fund and now serves as Assistant Secretary.

Board Members

Dedicated to Our Community

  • Mrs. Amy Barash
  • Prof. Elizabeth K. Beaujour
  • Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft
  • Ms. Bettina Damiani
  • Ms. Veronica A. Farje
  • Mr. Gerald E. Gollub
  • Dr. Marilyn JS Goodman
  • Ms. Rosemary Gould
  • Ms. Kimberly Hafner
  • Dr. Jamesetta A. Halley-Boyce
  • Mr. Dave S. Hattem, Esq.
  • Ms. Marcia Kaplan-Mann
  • Dr. Mary C. Keane
  • Ms. Barbara J. Leader
  • Mr. John Leubsdorf
  • Ms. Eunice Lewis-Broome
  • Mrs. Ann S. Lewyn
  • Mrs. Barbara Lustig
  • Mrs. Barbara A. Poseluzny
  • Ms. Alisa Schierman
  • Mr. William D. Shea
  • Ms. Grace Smallwood
  • Ms. Frances A. Taber
  • Mrs. Judith M. Zabar