Beverly Kerness Unger ’44 Creates $100,000 Scholarship
The $100,000 Beverly Kerness Unger ’44 Endowed Scholarship is her first major gift to the College
“I thought the time was right with the economic downturn. More than ever, a scholarship can make all the difference in the world to someone who really deserves to come to Simmons. The Making Education Work campaign’s focus on scholarships couldn’t be timelier.”
Beverly Kerness Unger ’44 hopes her gift will enrich the experience of all students by adding socioeconomic and cultural diversity. “I want this scholarship to go to someone who really couldn’t have come otherwise,” said Unger, “and who brings geographic diversity as well. The entire student body will benefit from having another point of view in the classrooms and dorms.”
Unger has always been progressive in her efforts to help. During World War II she finished her Simmons degree in three years in order to work at the American Red Cross, and went on to obtain an M.S.W. from Columbia in social work. Unger has been at the forefront of movements that went mainstream only decades later: from working at the Jewish Board of Guardians, one of the first social agencies ever to train social workers as psychotherapists, to moving to an island in Canada that produced its own food in the ’70s.
“There was no frozen food section in the grocery store,” reminisces Unger, who now lives in Victoria, Canada.
Unger, a private practice psychotherapist, attributes her adventurous life to Simmons. “We were exposed to so much. Simmons was opened to all different beliefs,” she said. “The open education policy and excellent professors encouraged experimentation. I hope my gift gives someone the opportunity to live this unique experience and go and make a difference in the world.”