Collage of CESS students in the field at Shelburne Farms, Camp Kesem, Winooski Middle School, and the Vermont Statehouse.

Generous support and involvement by alumni, parents, family and friends makes it possible to increase scholarships for our hard-working students, provide funding for faculty and student research, and strengthen a variety of important programs throughout our community.

To discuss the ways that your philanthropy can benefit the College of Educaton and Social Services (CESS) at UVM, please contact Evelyn Edson at or call 802-656-3245.

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Funds to Support

Unrestricted Gift Funds


The CESS Fund enables the Dean of the College to address the highest priorities at any given time. This includes making strategic investments in faculty projects and research, supporting student efforts such as conferences and professional development, and promoting College-sponsored events in the community.

CESS Scholarship Fund

The CESS Scholarship Fund directly supports students who need additional financial assistance to be successful at the University.

CESS Internship Fund

The CESS Internship Fund supports internships for students in the College.

Additional Funds to Support

In addition to the CESS Fund and CESS Scholarship Fund, you may choose to support one or more of the following funds:

APEX Scholarship Fund

The APEX Scholarship Fund was created in honor of the innovative program started in the 1970s by Frank Watson and Charles Rathbone. This fund provides scholarship support to students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.

First Nations' Scholarship

The UVM First Nations’ Scholarship supports UVM students who demonstrate interest in postively impacting communities of Indigenous peoples. Donors may contribute to this fund by noting on their check, online giving form, stock transfers, etc. that the gift should be designated to this scholarship. 

Greek Life Scholarship Fund (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)

Greek Life Scholarships were created to demonstrate the positive impact Greek life and alumni who participated in the Greek system can have on the University. Note: Funds are NOT restricted to Greek community members. Recipients must demonstrate financial need be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education. Undergraduates must have sophomore, junior or senior standing. 

Greening Student Teaching Award

Created by Joan Greening ('74), the Greening Student Teaching Award provides financial awards that allow students to focus on their teaching internships successfully. If you would also like to support student teachers during their internships, please feel free to add your donation to the fund.

Honoring Larry Shelton to Support the Human Development and Family Studies Program

For 50 years, Associate Professor Emeritus Larry Shelton taught courses, advised students, furthered the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program, and helped us understand and suppoto rt human development in a variety of contexts. He gave generously and tirelessly of his time to all of us. His passion for and dedication impacted generations of students and alumni.

Visit the donation page to honor Larry and his contributions to the HDFS program, the College of Education and Social Services, and the University of Vermont community.

Lara Sobel Memorial Scholarship

In memory of their daughter Lara, Alex and Bobbi Sobel established a scholarship for Social Work students at the University of Vermont. Since then, many people have expressed their desire to contribute in Lara’s memory, so the Founding Donors and the University have opened the fund to additional contributors. This fund supports Master's of Social Work students in their second year of the program. Please visit the Lara Sobel Memorial Scholarship web page to learn more.

Poverty and Human Capability Fund to Support the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP)

This fund is used for the College to support research, education, and outreach relating to the impact of poverty and human capability and support student internships, co-curricular activities, partnerships and membership fees with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP).

Giving Online

Make your secure online gift to CESS.

Giving by Check

To make a gift by check, please make your check payable to "UVM College of Education and Social Services" and indicate which fund or program area you would like to support. Send your gift to:

CESS Director of Major Gifts
Grasse Mount
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Giving by Phone

Please call (888) 458-8691 to make a gift over the phone.

Deferred or Planned Gifts, Gifts of Stock, or Naming Opportunities

If you are interested in any of these options, please contact Evelyn Edson by email at

Endowed Faculty Positions

Learn about investitures to endow faculty in CESS.