Women’s Council projects in the 1960’s included:
- A fund-raising campaign to raise $4,000 for “The New Campus Fund”
- Furnishing the altar, lectern, chalices, candle holders, Ark of the Covenant, and hand-woven wall hangings for the RIT Interfaith Chapel – all designed and crafted by the faculty of the School for American Craftsmen
- Raising funds for scholarships for the School of Art & Design and the School for American Crafts. (speak to this connect from early years and consistency)
“Mr. RIT”, Al Davis
In 1972, the Council began supporting childcare on campus through the Horton Child Care Center. In 1996 Margaret’s House was established through the generosity of Mr. Alfred Davis, Vice President Emeritus, and named in honor of his wife Margaret Welcher Davis. The Council makes annual contributions to Margaret’s House to award childcare tuition scholarships.
A bequest from one of the Council’s founding members, Laura Russell, established the Laura Bradfield Russell Memorial Scholarship which funds one to three students each year in RIT’s allied health programs.
Circa 1985-1990 RIT’s Access to the Future Campaign, individual solicitation of Council members raised $40,000 for a Student Life Center Courtyard in honor of Marcia Ellingson. The Council also held a downtown event jointly with Sibley’s Department Store that raised several thousand dollars for the Campaign.
In 1990, a two-day Council event, the Karl Haas Benefit, brought national and international attention to RIT/NTID and raised $20,000 to establish the Women’s Council Endowed Scholarship for Hearing-Impaired Students.
in 1991, The Council next funded the Women’s Council Endowed Scholarship, which currently supports one deserving woman student per year.
In 2008 and 2012, a combined $16,500 was raised through luncheons and fashion shows to add to the Women’s Council Endowed Scholarship funds.
In 2015, Bridging the Gap Fund in honor of Women’s Council’s 60th anniversary was announced and in 2019 reached it’s $60,000 endowment goal.
In 2017, established the $5,000 Women’s Council/Glass Program Collaborative Scholarship for an incoming MFA student working primarily with glass.
Over the years, WCRIT has endowed over $615,000 in endowed scholarship funds.