Multicultural Scholarship Honors Dean Donald DeHayes
Release Date: 01-18-2007
Donald DeHayes, dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, sees a "connection between multiculturalism and long term ecological health and sustainability." (Photo: Sally McKay)
An anonymous donor has established an endowed scholarship in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont and named it in honor of the school's dean, Donald H. DeHayes.
The Donald H. DeHayes Multicultural Scholarship will provide annual scholarship assistance to one or more full-time undergraduate or graduate students in The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Awards will be based on the student�s academic ability, financial need, commitment to a career in the environment and natural resources, and propensity to advance the University�s goal of creating a diverse community. Preference may be given to inner-city students and students from The High School for Environmental Studies in New York City, where the Rubenstein School recruits students annually. DeHayes took the lead in forging close ties between UVM and the inner-city environmental school, to the benefit of both institutions. He has long sought to establish an endowed scholarship supporting multicultural diversity in the Rubenstein School student body and took advantage of the opportunity to do so when the donor offered to support whatever priority the dean chose to advance.
"I am proud to be the dean of a school that understands the importance of ensuring ethnic diversity in environmental professions," DeHayes said. "In addition to perspectives of both societal relevance and equitability, there exists an essential connection between multiculturalism and long term ecological health and sustainability."
Nevertheless, DeHayes points out, environment and natural resource programs at UVM and elsewhere have to work at building enrollment among ethnically diverse populations. "I am both humbled and exceedingly grateful to accept this new scholarship in my name," he said. "It represents an ardent ambition�both personally and of the entire Rubenstein School community�to create more pathways for these qualified scholars to become successful environmental leaders in all corners of the Earth."
The initial gift of $67,000 was matched by $33,000 from the Lintilhac Foundation Challenge Grant to UVM, bringing the total to the $100,000 threshold the university sets for named, endowed scholarships. As word of the gift circulated among alumni and friends of the Rubenstein School, a second anonymous donor stepped forward with a $50,000 gift to be added to the fund and a challenge to alumni, parents, and friends to contribute an equivalent amount over the next year, effectively doubling the initial commitment to the fund. "As this endowment grows, it will provide that much more critical support to our multicultural students enrolled in our school and make a tremendous difference in their lives," the donor said. "Ultimately, I want to see the endowment fund providing many full attendance scholarships for exceptional multicultural students."
Anyone interested in contributing to the Donald H. DeHayes Multicultural Scholarship fund may contact Ashley McAvey, Senior Development Officer, at 802-656-3296 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.