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Ira Allen Society Scholar passionate about learning and life

Eliza Goddard
Eliza Goddard ’13, photograph by Sally McCay


Ira Allen Society Scholar passionate about learning and life

An incredible journey began when Eliza Goddard ’13 stepped into a kayak for the first time during TREK—an orientation program for incoming students. “That experience was the beginning of the best four years of my life,” says the community-entrepreneurship major who graduated in May. Despite what her 3.71 GPA might suggest, Goddard’s studies have not kept her shuttered in Bailey/Howe. She has found time to volunteer, tutor fellow students, study abroad, and be a campus leader in the Student Alumni Association. 

This combination of superior academics and the drive to do good on campus and in her community led to Goddard’s selection as the inaugural recipient of the Ira Allen Society Scholarship. Awarded annually, the scholarship recognizes a student who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to the university or his or her community, while maintaining a meritorious academic record.  Collectively, lifetime Ira Allen members have donated more than $260 million to the university since its inception.  “The financial burden on my family has been very difficult, with two children in college and the steep rise in tuition for out-of-state students over the past seven years,” notes Goddard. She describes the Ira Allen Society Scholarship as an important cushion that allowed her to enjoy her senior year to the fullest.

Part of her senior year has been devoted to spreading the good word about UVM, helping to build support for future generations of students. As the Ira Allen Society Scholar, she was invited to several UVM Foundation events to speak about the scholarship and her experience at UVM. During an event in October 2012, she met Charlie Zabriskie ’53, who has since served as a mentor to Goddard, helping her navigate the real-world opportunities awaiting her after graduation. She hopes to find a client-account management position on Fifth Avenue in NYC. Of her time at UVM and her upcoming graduation, Goddard says, “UVM has taught me to embrace who I am. I will miss it all, but I also look forward to being an alum of a school that I am so proud of.”

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