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The giving circles within the Jones Poundstone Society are named in accordance with our treasured history.
Each of the first four circles represents unrestricted support for The Fund for Arcadia. The Presidents Circle entitles the donor to a named, current-use scholarship.
Alumni, families, faculty, staff, and friends in the Jones Poundstone Society create an immediate impact for Arcadia students and the University. Support for The Fund for Arcadia sustains the University's trailblazing legacy, while also enabling life-changing learning experiences for students. Unrestricted gifts go to work immediately to support the student experience by expanding the number of scholarships available and strengthening study abroad opportunities; academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs; library and scientific resources; technology upgrades; and more. Unrestricted support allows Arcadia the flexibility to allocate funds strategically, drive momentum, and propel the University toward a bolder and more vibrant future.
In 1853, 15-year-old Sylvania Jones and 17-year-old Juliet A. Poundstone left their family homes in Lafayette County, Pa., and accompanied Dr. Sheridan Baker, principal at the Brownsville School they had attended, to a newly chartered female seminary 26 miles northwest of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River’s north bank. Dr. Baker had accepted a position as principal of Beaver Female Seminary, and he and his two pupils would soon become an indelible part of its history.
At Beaver, Jones and Poundstone studied a daringly unconventional curriculum of arts and sciences during an era when few colleges for young women existed. Jones and Poundstone led the way for generations of intellectually curious students to enjoy the rewards of an Arcadia education. In September 1856, they became the first two graduates in the institution’s history.