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The Scudder Association Foundation

Founded 1911

The Scudder Association Foundation, dedicated to a tradition of “Service to Others”, is one of
America’s oldest family charitable organizations. We support the hospitals and schools founded
by the Scudder family in South India, award scholarships in the U.S. and India, promote kinship
and preserve Scudder family history.

Who We Are

Our Regular family membership includes descendants of three Scudders: Thomas, John and Elizabeth, who immigrated to Massachusetts Colony over 400 years ago from England. If you are one of the thousands of descendants of Thomas, John and Elizabeth, you are one of us and share our family history even if you do not have the Scudder surname. However, the Foundation welcomes anyone who is interested in our mission of helping those in need to join as an Associate member. The Scudder Association Foundation is open to all!
If you are one of the thousands of descendants of Thomas, John and Elizabeth, you are one of us and share our family history.

Our Mission

In 1819 the Rev. Dr. John Scudder and his wife, Harriet, left Boston for India as the first medical missionaries sent out from America. “Pioneer John’s” seven sons all returned to India with their wives and founded hospitals and schools. Forty Scudders gave over 1,000 years of missionary service in India. The Scudder Association Foundation was founded as the Scudder Memorial Association in 1911 to raise funds to build a Scudder hospital in Ranipet, South India. A year later a separate organization, The Scudder Association of America, was formed to foster Scudder kinship. In 1938 the two organizations combined to form The Scudder Association, a non-profit organization.
The Scudder Memorial Association was organized and incorporated in New Jersey in 1911 “to erect, equip, maintain and extend a hospital or hospitals in India, to honor and perpetuate the missionary work begun in 1819 by Rev. John Scudder, M.D.” His descendants founded two hospitals and two high schools in south India which are still supported by the Scudder Association Foundation over 110 years later.
In 1912 The Scudder Association of America, was formed by the descendants of Thomas and John Scudder who immigrated from Kent, England in the 1630s to Massachusetts “in the belief that an Association founded on a bond of kinship would prove an inspiration to generation after generation of American Scudders and their descendants wherever living the world over.” In 1938 the two organizations were dissolved and incorporated as one organization: The Scudder Association, Inc.
Renamed in 2018, The Scudder Association Foundation, Inc. continues the original missions of supporting the medical and educational institutions founded in India by Scudders, providing Scudder Scholarships to deserving and qualified students at institutions of high learning in the US and India and promoting kinship among Scudders worldwide.

Service To Others

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We Fund Two Hospitals in India

The Foundation awards annual grants to hospitals founded by Scudders: Scudder Memorial Hospital founded in 1866 in Ranipet and the Christian Medical College and Hospital founded in 1902 in Vellore.

We Fund Two High Schools in India

Arni Secondary School, located in the city of Arni, was founded by Pioneer John’s son, Rev. Ezekiel Scudder and his wife, Sara Tracy Scudder, in 1876. Pioneer John’s great-grandson, Walter, founded Walter Scudder High School in Tindivanam in 1922.

We Provide Educational Grants

Since the 1940s the Scudder Association has awarded scholarships in the fields of medicine, social welfare, the humanities, education and theology. Today these Scudder Scholarship are awarded to institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and India to be awarded to students of their choice.

We Research and Publish Family History

To promote interest in kinship the Foundation’s Family Historian researches family history and publishes The Scudder Historical and Biographical Journal available on our website. Books written by and about Scudders are available from Amazon.com.

Our Impact

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Donated annually for scholarships and to Indian hospitals and schools

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Patients helped annually at Vellore CMC Hospital


Students educated daily at Scudder schools in India


Patients treated daily at Scudder Memorial Hospital

Family History

Since the Scudder Association of America began in 1912 family historianss have been
gathering information about the Scudder family: from its early roots in Kent, England, to the American colonies in the 1630s and down to the 21 st century. They created an extensive Scudder family history that is carried on today by the Foundation’s Family Historian, Margery Boyden.

If you have Scudder related family history questions Contact the Historian.
To research your Scudder lineage visit our independent site scudderancestorsinamerica.com.

Scudder Historical & Biographical Journal

Family historians have been researching and writing articles about members of the Scudder family for almost 100 years. Take a look at these articles about our family members starting with Henry Scudder of Horton Kirby, Kent, England who died in 1594.” https://scudder.org/online-journal/

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Featured Posts

President’s Video
A lot of changes are taking place in SAF as we take major steps to improve our service to our members and our Indian missions. This short video provides the highlights.
News from Scudder Hospitals
The March 27, 2024, CMC Newsline described the dedication of the memorial plaque at SMH honoring the achievements of Dr. Silas and other Scudders at Scudder Memorial Hospital from 1866-1954.
News from Scudder Schools
Director Jack Scudder Gillmar, visited both Arni School and Walter Scudder School in

2023 bringing the schools a welcome from SAF and returning with an update on conditions at the schools. Frequent communication between the schools and the SAF India Grants Committee helps determine the needs of the schools and the best use of SAF grants.
In Memoriam
Every Memorial Day, we honor all Scudders who have served in our military but highlight two Scudders who helped preserve our nation and our liberty at critical times, World War II and the U.S. Civil War.
A Dream Come True
By Clive Connor, SAF Secretary and Board Member
News of the Board of Directors
Dr. James Hamilton Taylor, a retired physician from Milwaukee, WI is the SAF 1st vice president and has served as India Grants chair and the SAF rep to the Vellore CMC Foundation.

Featured Posts

News & Features

Activities & Events

A wonderful gathering of 40 Scudder cousins met in Essex, Connecticut, October 6th and 7th, 2023. Dinner at the historic Griswold Inn began the event ...
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Members Stories

After visiting the Arctic and Greenland in 2015 where I saw polar bears and other wildlife, icebergs, and glaciers, I dreamed about going to Antarctica, ...
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Video Messages from the SAF President

As the newly elected president of the Scudder Association Foundation I want to share my thoughts with you on our history and where we are ...
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Board News

Jim and his wife, Dr. Susan Pepper and his daughter, Dr. Allison Taylor Hoffman, have all visited and volunteered at the Christian Medical College in ...
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CMC Foundation


The new campus of CMC which opened in 2022 near a major highway includes a trauma center for auto accident victims.
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NEWS FROM SCUDDER SCHOOLS IN INDIA: Walter Scudder Secondary School

A two-year SAF grant of $65,000 was awarded to Walter Scudder School in 2024 to complete the Gordon Sherman Boys Hostel (dorm) above. It will ...
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News & Features

Board News

Jim and his wife, Dr. Susan Pepper and his daughter, Dr. Allison Taylor Hoffman, have

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News & Features

Board News

Jim and his wife, Dr. Susan Pepper and his daughter, Dr. Allison Taylor Hoffman, have

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