Scripps College received a $2 million gift to establish The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, according to a news release.
Scripps College president Lori Bettison-Varga announced the gift on Monday in a news release after it was announced at the December 8 meeting of the Scripps College Board of Trustees.
The Malott Family Foundation awarded the gift to recognize Elizabeth Hubert Malott’s love of Core, the College’s signature academic program, according to the release.
The Core program highlights student-faculty interaction, inquiry, interdisciplinary breadth and links to issues of the day, which fosters students with intellectual agility, according to the release.
Scholarly debate and research skills that are fundamental to the Core program empower Scripps students to tolerate ambiguity in dealing with pressing questions.
“The benefits of the Core curriculum experience come at a time when industry needs are rapidly changing,” said Liza Malott Pohle, Scripps College trustee and board member of The Malott Family Foundation in a statement. “Now we see the technology sector clamoring to hire individuals with a vivid imagination to market constant innovation. The Foundation board took to heart the words of Steve Jobs: ‘It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough – it’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.’
Elizabeth Hubert Malott, who passed away in 2003, was a graduate of Scripps College in 1953 and a longtime trustee of the College.
“Elizabeth Hubert Malott was a global citizen and a woman of insatiable curiosity who loved the world of ideas and sought opportunities to open that world to others,” said Bettison-Varga in a statement. “The Malott Family Foundation gift ensures the promise of a profound impact that the Core program will continue to have on alumnae long after they leave the College. This gift is a meaningful tribute to her life.”