University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Gift and Endowment Accounts

Gift and Endowment Accounts

Gift and endowment accounts serving the College and its academic departments are in place to accept donations from individuals, corporations, associations and foundations. Donations may be made to an existing fund or may be used to establish a new gift account or endowment. Gift accounts function as operating funds whereby contributions are readily used to address current needs. Donations to endowment accounts are applied to the fund's principal where they are invested as part of the University's consolidated endowment. A portion of the endowment's earnings are made available for spending each year allowing the principal to remain intact in perpetuity. Please contact the College Developement Officer Howard Lincoln ( if you have any questions about making a donation to an existing fund or establishing a new gift account or endowment.

Some of our current Gift Accounts available for donations:

Dean’s Office:

Morrill Hall
General Gift Account for the College
Undergraduate Student Opportunity Scholarship – used for need and merit based scholarships to deserving undergraduate students for both recruitment and retention purposes.

Fund for Undergraduate Student Excellence – used to expand the first-year student experience, enhance the Honor’s program within the College, and enrich experiential learning opportunities through internships as well as laboratory and field based research activities.

International Education Scholarship Fund – used to provide need and/or merit based scholarships to full time undergraduate and graduate students in CALS who are engaged in international study.

Animal Science:

General Gift Account for the Animal Science department

CREAM program – used to support the Animal Science CREAM program
UVM Morgan Horse Farm – used to support the UVM Morgan Horse Farm
Equine Education – used to assist with the UVM Animal Science equine program

Plant Biology:

General Gift Account for the Plant Biology department

Proctor Maple Research Center – used to support the Proctor Maple Research Center located in Underhill Vermont

Pringle Herbarium – used for the maintenance and operation of the Pringle Herbarium and the research conducted there

Field Naturalist Program – used to support the Field Naturalist Graduate program

Community Development and Applied Economics:

General Gift Account for the CDAE department

Center for Rural Studies – used to support the mission of the Center for Rural Studies

MPA program – used to support the Masters in Public Administration graduate program

Plant and Soil Science:

General Gift Account for the Plant & Soil Science department

Lyman P. Wood Horticultural Education Fund - used to promote and support hands-on educational experiences in horticulture for UVM students.

UVM Apple Research – to conduct research on apples for developing improved cultivars and pest management extension programs

Master Gardener Program – used to support UVM’s Master Gardener program

Common Ground – used to support the operation of the student run vegetable farm located at the Horticulture Center

Horticulture Farm – used to support the UVM Horticulture Research Center, its plant collection and natural areas, for education, research and public enrichment

Nutrition and Food Sciences:

General Gift Account for the Nutrition & Food Sciences department

Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese – to provide continued operating support

Functional Foods – used to support research in functional foods and goat’s milk research

A sampling of Endowment Funds:

Donald Blach Endowment Fund – created in honor of the UVM Morgan Horse farm's founding director, this fund is used for the maintenance and operation of the Morgan Horse Farm. The UVM Morgan Horse Farm is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Morgan Horse through breeding and selection. Designated as a National Historic Site, the farm is also home to significant Morgan history and a variety of educational programs. For over 50 years, the farm has provided educational experiences and training for students and visitors while perpetuating the Battell, Government, and UVM bloodlines. UVM Morgans are prized as superb pleasure horses for recreational use and as foundation broodstock.

CREAM Program - CREAM stands for the Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management and translates into an exceptional experiential learning program involving a year- long course in managing the student-run dairy herd. Donations may be made to the Brett Klein Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides the annual scholarship award funding for student herd advisors or the CREAM program Endowment Fund which provides general support for operations, educational programs and facilities upgrades.

Cyrus Pringle Herbarium – used to maintain the Pringle Herbarium and its associated research. The Pringle Herbarium, a facility of the Plant Biology Department at UVM, is a fully functional collection currently active as a resource for systematic and floristics research on a regional and international basis. The large collection is fortunately housed in a pleasant and stable facility in Torrey Hall, which is dedicated to systematics collections and classrooms. Facilities at Torrey Hall include space for the collections, work and study space for staff, students, and visiting scientists

Proctor Maple Research Center – The purpose of this fund is to provide a dependable source of revenue for the long term studies and short term research projects at the Proctor Maple Research Center. The research mission of the Proctor is to study the ecology, physiology and genetics of sugar maple trees, the biochemistry and microbiology of its products and the methods to improve tree health and maple syrup products. The Proctor Maple Research Center is located in Underhill, Vermont at the base on Mount Mansfield and is part of the Plant Biology department.

Some of our Scholarship Funds available for donations:

Alexander McMahon Kende Memorial Fund - The Alexander McMahon Kende Memorial Fund honors the memory of Alexander "Alex" McMahon Kende, a sixth generation Vermonter who graduated with honors in May 2000 from the CALS Biological Science program. An exemplary student and person, Alex received the Lawrence K. Forcier Outstanding Senior Award and had been accepted into the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2004. On December 1, 2000 a serious illness claimed the life of this fine young man whom faculty described as a "magnetic personality with intellectual prowess, personal warmth, and a stimulating presence in the laboratory." This fund produces spendable income each year for the purpose of recognizing and rewarding at least one outstanding second-semester junior from CALS for his or her academic excellence, demonstrated interest in medicine or biomedical research, service to and caring for others, integrity, personal courage and good humor.

Tyzbir Scholarship Fund – The purpose of this fund is to provide undergraduate scholarship support to students enrolled in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic merit and financial need. The fund is named in honor of Dr. Robert Tyzbir in honor of his accomplishments as an outstanding teacher and advisor, his devotion to the fields of nutrition and dietetics and his dedication to the welfare of his students and UVM.

Welch Scholarship Fund – The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to academically qualified Vermont undergraduate students with financial need who are intent on pursuing a career in agriculture either as a farmer or as a scientist. The fund is named in honor of Dr. James Welch who during his distinguished 30 year career at UVM achieved national and international recognition for his scholarship in ruminant nutrition.

James E Ludlow Fund – The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship awards to needy and deserving students enrolled in the Department of Plant and Soil Science with preference given to those studying Horticulture. The fund is named in memory of James Ludlow, class of 1987.

Donations should be made payable to The University of Vermont and accompanied by instructions that detail to which fund the contribution is being made. Please mail your gift to the UVM Foundation Office, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Contributions may also be made on line by credit card using the UVM Foundation Office secure website.

For more information or to inquire about including CALS in your estate plans, please contact Howard Lincoln at (802) 656-2509 or

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