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Stanford Parents' Club History

The Club Founding

1923-1924

Parents' Club was founded 100 years ago as "Mothers' Club of Stanford University"

Black and White Photo of Women of the Stanford Community

A dedicated group of 18 women of the Stanford community were called together by the President of the Sixth District of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers to consider a plan for a Mothers Club at Stanford. The objective of the club was to act in cooperation with the University in looking after and helping the students in need of either social or financial assistance. The date was January 18, 1924.

Black and White Photo of Stanford Community Members

The plan of giving scholarship loans was discussed at the first meeting. A donation of $100 was received and dues totaling $14 were collected. Later in the 20’s the first tuition loan of $80 was made. After this, a formal scholarship fund was established with two donations of $25. This was just the beginning.

Photos courtesy of the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection

"Call for Campus Cords" Poster

A Wardrobe Committee was established to provide clothing to students. Donors brought clothing to meetings and mothers from across the country sent boxes of clothes to be distributed to students who were in need. It was written in the minutes that the distribution of men’s clothing was “in the capable hands of Mr. Sharp... and Miss Crandell handles the women’s wardrobe very quietly and tactfully.”

Photo courtesy of Stanford Historical Photograph Collection

Black and White Photo of Stanford Community Members

The plan of giving scholarship loans was discussed at the first meeting. A donation of $100 was received and dues totaling $14 were collected. Later in the 20’s the first tuition loan of $80 was made. After this, a formal scholarship fund was established with two donations of $25. This was just the

beginning.

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