Frances Perkins Scholars

phoenix final 5_2012We come from all walks of life. We’re from all over the world. We’re young and old and middle-aged. We’re different colors. We have different beliefs, politics, and approaches to living life on this planet. Some of us are single, some married, some have kids and grandkids. We work in corporations, nonprofits, NGOs, hospitals, schools, libraries and small businesses. We are self-employed and retired. We work in fashion and social services, food and politics. Some of us are academics, some are craftswomen and artists.

But we do have two things that bind us together with a long history of strong, intelligent and purposeful women: We rearranged our very full lives to create an opportunity for a college education, and we can proudly say that we are Mount Holyoke College alumnae.

The Frances Perkins Program at Mount Holyoke College allows women of nontraditional age who wish to complete their requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mount Holyoke continues to support the philosophy of its founder, Mary Lyon, who believed that a Mount Holyoke education should be available to any talented woman who could benefit from it. For 30 years, the Frances Perkins Program has been home to women with a thirst for knowledge and a strong will to succeed. More than 900 women have stepped off into new lives from this incredibly fertile ground. And each year, our ranks continue to grow. The program now graduates about 140 students a year.

This website is for Frances Perkins alumnae to connect with one another and share our stories and experiences. FP’s will be able to keep up with the latest news, learn about exciting events taking place and take a walk down memory lane. We hope you’ll participate in this community of outstanding women. We have much to share and much to learn from each other. Send in your photos, your stories and your thoughts. You belong here.