Elen Browning Scripps

Immigrating to the United States from London, England in 1844, Ellen Browning Scripps began teaching in public and private schools shortly after her graduation from Knox College in 1859. After teaching for eight years, Ellen began co-founding newspaper projects with her brothers, such as the Detroit Evening News and the Cleveland Press. From revenue generated through these ventures, timely investments, and a large legacy from one of her brothers, George H. Scripps, Ms. Scripps set aside funds as “a trust for the benefit of humanity.” She retired and settled in La Jolla, California in 1896 and through her generous gifts founded the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which to this day continues to be one of the premier oceanographic research centers in the world. Ms. Scripps also founded the San Diego Zoological Society and the Scripps College for Women (part of the Claremont Colleges). These generous investments have had, and continue to have, profound impacts on the intellectual insights of those in San Diego, Southern California, the United States, and the world. Ellen Browning Scripps dedicated her life to the pursuit of learning and the fulfillment of philanthropy. Through her generosity and vision, many have benefited from the knowledge and research gained through the institutions she helped to found. As such, Ellen Browning Scripps is truly a remarkable leader in education.