TRUSTEE DEBORAH BRITTAIN ’74SW ENDOWS NEW SCHOLARSHIP
$150,000 Gift to Benefit School of Social Work Students
Deborah Brittain ’74SW says establishing an endowed scholarship at the School of Social Work is a natural extension of her dedication to the school’s mission, Simmons more broadly, and the Making Education Work Campaign.
“This scholarship is intended for students who will advance, shape, and influence the social work profession — just as Simmons does,” says Brittain.
“The goal is to support the aspirations of students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to their community through service, and who hope to further impact their community through their education,” explains Brittain.
Brittain herself could serve as a role model for such students. A recipient of the School of Social Work’s Distinguished Career Award, Brittain’s professional life has included many years in social work as a practitioner, supervisor, and trainer. She also has experience in the academic and corporate sectors, currently as executive vice president of the Preod Corporation in Princeton, N.J.
Throughout her career, Brittain has been active in her community. Her board and other community volunteer service has spanned the fields of social justice, health, education, child welfare, and the arts.
School of Social Work Dean Stefan Krug ’80SW, ’94SWD welcomes Brittain’s gift. “I’m grateful to Deborah for establishing a scholarship that strengthens our ability to attract and retain outstanding social work students — especially those who will serve as ambassadors for the profession through their commitment to community service,” says Dean Krug.
Brittain has been a Simmons trustee since 2003. She joined the volunteer leadership of the Making Education Work Campaign as a vice chair.
“The Campaign gives all of us in the Simmons community an opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of today’s students — and on the enduring vitality of Simmons and its mission,” says Brittain.