Granting Access

Katie McGrath ’90 is opening doors for Simmons students.

Katie McGrath ’90 says her own Simmons education was a source of inspiration for a recent significant philanthropic commitment to the University.

“I can think of no better time to invest in an institution dedicated to women’s empowerment and truth-telling, so that more people have access to the education I had—and experiences I couldn’t have imagined,” says McGrath.

Part of the $1 million gift from the Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation is earmarked for scholarships, which McGrath says was a must. “The mission of our family foundation—and a piece of everything we do in business and impact investing—is to expand opportunity and level the playing field.” McGrath is a founding member of Time’s Up (#timesup) and co-CEO with Abrams of the Bad Robot film and television production company.

The balance of McGrath’s gift will enhance the Simmons World Challenge program for sophomores by supporting the addition of an international travel component (see story).

“I didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad as a college student,” says McGrath. “Educational travel—domestic or international—simply wasn’t in my family’s budget when I was at Simmons. I have seen how transformative that kind of learning and exploration can be, and I am committed to increasing access to it.”