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

The generous support and involvement by alumni, parents 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 CESS, please contact Erika Nestor, Director of Major Gifts, at or (802) 656-4490.

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Funds to Support

If you are interested in making a gift to CESS, unrestricted gifts may be designated to the following 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.

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.

Dr. Janet Bossange Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Janet Bossange Memorial Scholarship Fund supports undergraduate students in the College of Education and Social Services. Preference is given to students who exemplify the qualities that Dr. Bossange herself embodied: interest in education, leadership, service learning, as well as a commitment to the community. Beyond these qualities, preference is given to students in need of financial assistance and students who help advance the University’s goal of creating a diverse community.

Dr. Robert and Donna Carlson Ed.D. Scholarship

This scholarship supports graduate students pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with preference given to those from Vermont. Dr. Robert Carlson is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and he, in collaboration with his colleagues, founded and was the original director for ten years of the doctoral program in the College of Education and Social Services.

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. 

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.

Middle Level Education Program Fund

This fund supports the general purposes of the Middle Level Education Program, which include professional development opportunities for teachers, student and faculty travel, and statewide efforts.

Poverty and Human Capability Fund

The College of Education and Social Services strives to create a more humane and just society, one that is free from oppression and maximizes human potential and quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities. This fund directly supports our mission by enabling us to focus resources on poverty and human capability education, research, and community engagement.

Vermont Connection Fund

This fund supports the general purposes of Vermont Connection (the student group of the HESA graduate program), including professional development, alumni and networking events, and production of the journal publication.

Thank you for your gift!


The "Give Now" button above allows you to make a secure online gift.

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

To make a gift over the phone, please call (888) 458-8691.

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

If you are interested in any of these options, please contact Erika Nestor at or (802) 656-4490.