The Scudder’s involvement with “Service to Others” can be traced to a thunderstorm at a New England college in 1806. Five students from Williams College took shelter from a thunderstorm in a haystack. In what became known as the “Haystack Prayer Meeting”, they came to the common conviction that “the field is the world” and inspired the creation of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions four years later. These young men sounded a clarion call that excited and inspired the youth of America caught up in the age of Romanticism sweeping the country in the early 19th century.
A recent medical graduate of Princeton University, John Scudder, heard and responded to the call. He was the first of many generations of Scudders to hear it. That spirit of “Service to Others” continues to resonate through the Association to this day.
Over a 1000 Years of Service
Young Dr. Scudder and his devoted wife, Harriet, began a tradition of family service to what has amounted to more than 1,250 combined years of medical mission assistance by four generations of the Scudder family in Sri Lanka, India and Saudi Arabia.
To discover what John’s vision has become today, click on Medical Missions
As Scudders, we take great pride in the pioneering work of our relatives who have served others since the 1800s. They’ve left a rich legacy, which the Scudder Association continues to serve.
The Scudder Association was founded in part to assist in supporting this work, as well as providing educational assistance to those who wish to pursue a career in medicine, social and spiritual professions.
Our purpose is, ” Supporting those in service to others”. We hope that you may join us in our efforts to continue our journey in that spirit.
It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.”
— Vida Scudder, Pioneer Social Worker, Co-founder of College Settlement House, New York City, 1889
To learn more, we encourage you to visit our Medical Missions and Educational Grant pages