Connections Included

“Cohort” scholarships offer more than financial support.

Scholarships come in many shapes and sizes to help students in a variety of circumstances pursue a Simmons education. For alumnae/i and friends interested in establishing a named scholarship, the “cohort” model not only provides financial awards for students, it helps them experience a sense of community at Simmons and beyond. 

Photograph above: Trustee Emerita Linda Kotzen Paresky ’64, ’99HD (front, center) with students in The Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholars Program, at the Scholarship Appreciation Brunch.

Cohort scholarships make awards to one or more students every year, and existing awards are renewed as long as students remain eligible. The result is a steadily growing cohort of students who immediately have something in common, including a relationship with the donor. 

“These students feel a connection to their cohort, and by extension to the University, from the moment they arrive. They feel as though they belong, which is a powerful feeling with lasting impact on their success,” says Amy C. Staffier, director of financial aid at Simmons. 

“I am incredibly proud of the progress and accomplishments I have made here at Simmons. I cannot say that I would be the same person, with the same values and goals, without your support,” said Tanya Stasio ’17, thanking Bill and Jane Mosakowski for their cohort scholarship. 

Kristen Haack, associate vice president for enrollment management, says cohort scholarships offer donors the opportunity to support students with interests and backgrounds similar to their own. “Cohort and affinity scholarships enable Simmons to celebrate multiple definitions of student success—not solely GPAs and SAT scores.” 

Current cohort scholarships include the Mosakowski Scholarship, The Haberman Scholars, and The Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholars Program.