"But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the
world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might
have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."

- George Eliot, “Middlemarch”
 
The Jessie C. McDonald Award—Nomination
The Washington Wellesley Club is accepting nominations for the second annual Jessie C. McDonald
Award for being an inspiration to the Washington area alumnae community. Unlike the College’s
Alumnae Achievement or Sed Ministrare Awards, the Jessie C. McDonald Award does not require a
specific track record of career achievement or volunteer service to the college. Rather, the award is
meant to capture the spirit of women whose special something is remarkable but might be hard to put
one’s finger on. In short, we are looking for alumnae who inspire our community or whose path might
not be linear but who has made a difference in the lives of those around her. Our first award recipient
was Lou Smith, class of 1939, who penned some of our most enduring step singing songs and is a
founding member of the Wellesley Literary Circle.

Jessie Claire McDonald graduated from Wellesley in 1888 and founded the Washington Wellesley Club
that same year. The Washington Wellesley Club was the College’s first alumnae club and is now one of
the largest. McDonald was a fierce advocate for girls’ and women’s education and was the principal of
the National Cathedral School for 15 years and the bell that hangs in the Cathedral School tower is
named after her.

To nominate an alumna for this award, please tell us about the candidate by writing an essay as brief or
short as you would like that describes the impact that the candidate has had on Wellesley alumnae and
why she is an inspiration.
 
Submit the application either by emailing it to president@wellesleydc.org or
mailing it to the Washington Wellesley Club, PO Box 3535, Washington, DC 20027. The deadline is April 30, 2018.
 
The award will be
presented at the June Annual Meeting of the WWC so it is critical that the recipient be willing to attend
the event. We are happy to provide transportation if the recipient has limited mobility or is otherwise in
need of assistance. If you have any questions please call Jessica Lee, WWC president, at (202) 262-9129.